Two ballroom dancers, a man and a woman named Reginald and Thelma Harris, are hurriedly getting ready for an event. A lampshade which had used bullets as a counterweight has broken and a woman crawls on the floor to look for them. The mother plays the tuba. A policeman watching from outside finds the activity inside suspicious and calls in his inspector. The inspector asks about the family's memories of a man they had seen outside of the Tate Museum where a René Magritte exhibit is being held. He invents an entirely false story, accusing the family of complicity in a crime known as the Crippled Minstrel Caper.
BHTC NOTES: This production was performed as part of the clubs on-going programme of encouraging new directors and club members to gain acting experience, whilst entertaining members, patrons, family and friends.
Genre: Surreal Comedy
Playwright: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: Doreen Cripps
Production Date: May 2001
Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill
BHTC Production Number: 216