The Mayor of a small town is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito –
The Government Inspector!
The town’s officials are thrown into a panicked frenzy.
They waste no time to cover up the misdirected contracts, misuse of public money, the bribes, fiddled expenses, abuses of office … corruption that has been going on for years!
Matters spiral hysterically out of control when they believe that a stranger in the town is the real Government Inspector.
Dubious political deals, mishandled money, bribery, political panic
– sounds familiar?
The Government Inspector written in 1835 by Gogol is an hilarious satire about corruption in a world where, increasingly desperate to hide their wrongdoings and keep the supposed Government Inspector happy,
everyone loses their moral compass
SHIFTING SANDS create theatre that is both full of laughter and clowning yet rich in emotion. It has won critical acclaim for playful, accessible adaptations of epic tales and classic texts - Faustus, King Lear, Great Expectationsand The Seagull.
The company now play with Gogol’s classic satire yet stays
faithful to the themes of the original.
The result – engaging, accessible, exhilarating theatre.
The Government Inspector at the Auden Theatre, Holt.
The Government Inspector, directed by Gerry Flanagan of Shifting Sands Theatre Company, was lively, ridiculous, and enormous fun! The energetically talented cast of Flanagan, Klara Domroese, Janela Magalhaes and Isabel Remer all delivered joyful and engaging performances, each playing several characters. Using a sparse set to great effect, drawing the audience in; their energy and clarity of performance was genuinely impressive, and appreciated by an absorbed and entertained house. The cast skilfully negotiated frequent yet effective costume changes and each character was always clearly defined. The plot rattled along at a splendid pace and delivered the desired conclusion to a rapturous response from the audience who demanded a deserved second curtain call. A hugely entertaining show. Eastern Daily Press 18.3.2019
Saw The Government Inspector last night and enjoyed it so much I'm very keen to see your future productions.
FANTASTIC and the best night in any theatre for a very long time.
A thoroughly engaging performance and a real tour de force We had hoped to see you at the Bury Met but a diary clash made this impossible. So, we drove 2 hours each way in foul conditions to Bakewell for the day. It was entirely worthwhile, even though the Met is our favourite small theatre in the Manchester area.
I attended your performance on Friday at the Auden Theatre with my partner and we thought it was wonderful. Such a fresh approach, with a superb cast, who gave it their all. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had no prior knowledge of the play and did not know what to expect so came with an open mind and found it thoroughly entertaining. Thanks for a marvellous evening.
Really enjoyed the show. Beautifully put together and wonderfully executed. Congratulations to you and the rest of the cast.
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