Deliciously dark goings on at the egg theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 June 2012

Darren Clark as The Man

Darren Clark as The Man

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MY MOTHER Told Me Not To Stare, a deliciously dark operetta, will play to audiences at the egg theatre in Bath.

Five skilled singers, actors and musicians from Theatre Hullabaloo will bring the story to life on Saturday.

It is set in the town of Upper Crumble, where life is unfair on children and only those who conform to its unreasonable values ever get to grow up.

Growing up in Upper Crumble paradoxically means never developing empathy, emotional maturity or self-confidence so the adults have the characteristics of egocentric, selfish children.

The story follows one boy, Bobby Rogers, who learns how to be brave by following the example of one girl, Emily Ives.

He destroys the social machinery and wickedness of the only world he has ever known for the only person he has ever loved.

After a tumultuous journey he faces his nemesis in the fixing kitchen – where ‘bad’ children get fixed.

Bath-based actor and regular egg theatre performer John Biddle plays Bobby, and is joined on stage by Luci Briginshaw, Darren Clark, Eva Karell and Andrew Sparling.

The production also combines the talents of award-winning Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer and Oxford University composer Dr Martyn Harry.

Tickets for the show are priced £5.50-7, and are available from the Theatre Royal box office on 01225 448844, the egg on 01225 823409 or at

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