(December 2003)

Artwork copyright © Anne Monsour 2003

Our final play for 2003, 'ALLO 'ALLO is now over twenty years old. The television series has been presented in more than sixty countries around the world, and has become the BBC's biggest selling international sitcom.
The range of characters, whether they be French, German or English all have personalities that are recognisable and memorable and genuinely funny.
Audiences will find much to laugh at as they are transported to a rural town in France during World War II. What a way to relax after a busy year and help get those stress levels down.


By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft

Directed by Leo Wockner

This enjoyable comedy has a large cast playing a range of outrageous and recognizable characters.

Based on the hugely popular TV comedy series, the stage version of 'Allo 'Allo follows the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war-torn occupied France, as he and his wife, Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and kept in their cellar.

René is hiding two British airmen and is endeavouring, with the help of the Resistance, to repatriate them.

However, communications with London through a wireless disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments he endures in the company of his patrons. Matters come to a head with the news that the Fuhrer is to visit the town and the café becomes filled with tricksters intending to impersonate Hitler before the event.

René will need all the wit he can muster to save his café and his life . . . !

Health Warning! There hasn't been much to laugh about recently. This play is seriously funny, and so if you are out of practice, we recommend you undertake some prior laughter exercise regime before seeing it.

Director's Notes

Those who have seen 'Allo 'Allo in television almost universally say "Yeah! That was FUN".
All of us have seen movies and TV shows about the Second World War, set in various parts of Europe.
Only a most serious and tragic event like a world war can give rise to so many stories.
When these stories have been told, it follows naturally as night follows day, that the stories themselves become the basis for more stories, and it is in this category that 'Allo 'Allo falls.
A hilarious mad-cap farce which has grown to cult proportions gives wonderful opportunities for actors to act and audiences to laugh.
A range of characters who frequent a French café provides a setting for never-ending humour and conflicting situations which poke hilarity and cheekiness to great heights.
Authorities are challenged, various loyalties are tested, as we follow the lives of René and Edith as they run their café during the German occupation of their villiage.
It is doubtful authority was this inept, or whether any group of people could achieve what René's friends and contacts achieve and manage to survive such a life-changing event.
The plot is thick with the various enemies, resistance fighters, spies (on whose side are they?) concealed radios, priceless stolen paintings, devious plotting all being carried out under the noses of the innocent villagers and the occupying forces.

As year 2003 comes to a close, here is a great chance to escape our demands, sit in comfort, and relax and laugh at the great lengths all go to, to survive their various dilemmas. A big cast make 'Allo 'Allo a night to remember.

Leo Wockner

The Cast

(Click the highlighted name for a picture of the actor).
The French
René David Jones
Edith Pat Wockner
Yvette Samantha Tierney
Leclerc Brian Erbacher
Michelle Jill Cross
Claudette Fran Campbell
Mimi Jane Binstead
Accordian Player Rod Thompson
Peasant Nola Grimshaw
Peasant Norm Pledger
The Germans and Italians
Colonel Kurt Von Strohm Bruce Stanley
Captain Bertorelli Terry Wockner
Herr Otto Flick Leo Bradley
Helga Emma Powell
Lieutenant Gruber Robert Gettons
General Von Schmelling Brian Cannon
The British
Crabtree Patrick Mullins
First Airman David Cannon
Second Airman Ben Whitehouse

The Crew

Production Assistants Audrey McKibbin & Fran Campbell
Stage Manager Ben Whitehouse
Assistant Stage Manager Veronica Pronger
Costumes Colleen Lock
Set Construction Leo Wockner & Heinz Brunner
Props Robert Wockner

’ALLO ‘ALLO at McElligott Theatre St Laurence's College, Stephens Road, South Brisbane
Fri 5th, Sat 6th, Fri 12th, Sat 13th December 2003 at 8pm,
Matinees Sun 7th at 2pm, Sat 13th at 2pm and Sun 14th at 5pm.