history teacher David Jones – gauche and not a little naïve – is
drawn into a mysterious world of murder and espionage, with lines,
images and music all drawn from the iconic oeuvre of Alfred Joseph
you've seen Patrick Barlow's 39 Steps spoof, you'll get the
B-picture, though ETC's take, written and directed by Michael Harry,
is more surreal, a little edgier, and even shorter at less than 90
minutes including the interval.
Potts is David – The Man Who Knew Too Much, singing Que Sera down
the telephone to his confused mother – and all the other characters
are played by Joshua Tobias Mills and Amy Berry. She is various
femmes fatales, most of them with Tippi Hedren hair, and all
beginning with C. He gets the villains, including the Boss in a
plum-coloured jacket, and the grey-haired denizen of a certain motel,
anagrammed Fawlty-Towers style as O Let Me Stab.
a featureless brick wall, the location shifts from the H&M Club
to the Scotland train to the Royal Albert Hall. One nice touch is the
use of placards and puppets above the parapet. Not just mannequins,
but The Birds and the crop-sprayer [a lovely model, this] from North
by North-West. There's a clever mimed recap, too, against sound
effects – which will presumably get slicker and swifter as the show
accents, quirky walks, audience participation, all conspire to make a
cheekily entertaining piece.
Bit Of A Hitch, and its companion, Waiting On Shakespeare, are moving
in to The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton for the month of July.