Malanda Theatre Company (Qld). Director: Jim Hill.
Alan Bennett's play, Habeas Corpus, is not the normal run-of-the-mill comedy. Plagued by vertically-challenged trousers, disappearing breasts, and pompous doctors, the Malanda Theatre Company's first production for 2010 is a farce with intellectual undercurrents. Acted on the simplest of sets - three chairs and a vacuum cleaner - the play is a fast-moving feast consisting of poetry, song and good comedy acting. Howard Smith, complete with the obligatory deep, reassuring doctor's voice, excels as the frustrated Dr. Wicksteed.