A funny thing for Eastwood Park

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IT’S all gone a bit Greek at Eastwood Park Theatre this week — but thankfully there’s more comedy than tragedy afoot in the latest show.

Southside-based Runway Theatre Company are back on the stage and donning their togas for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Stephen Sondheim’s great Broadway farce made it across the pond in 1963, and the success of Frankie Howerd’s London version spawned 70s sitcom Up Pompeii.

For director Robert Fyfe, from Shawlands, the script is “laugh-a-minute”.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum holds rather ancient origins, as Sondheim drew inspiration from the farces of Roman playwright Plautus (251-183 BC — needless to say, he never saw the Broadway hit).

The musical is a bawdy take on slave Pseudolus and his attempts to win freedom by helping his master woo the girl next door.

There are puns galore, cases of mistaken identity and — of course — satirical takes on the great divides of social class.

It’s another step forward for Runway — which has been treading the boards since 1966 — following on from the success of the Scottish amateur premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind in September last year.

Most of all — it’s safe to say that funny things will happen.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum runs at Eastwood Park May 14-18. Performances 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Sat mat.

Tickets cost £10 from 577 4970.