Comedy in the most unlikely of scenarios

Stewkley Players rehearsing for Keeping Down With The Joneses

Stewkley Players rehearsing for Keeping Down With The Joneses

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A comedy set in an air raid shelter sees an eclectic mix of characters trapped together in a very small space, and so hilarity seems almost guaranteed.

Keeping Down With the Joneses has two sets of neighbours stuck in air raid shelters and unwilling to admit they can’t get out.

The play follows MP and sometime architect Geoffrey Jones, who is convinced that the Russians are about to launch a nuclear strike against England.

He builds a bomb shelter equipped with everything he, his wife and his wife’s elderly mother will need to last out such a strike.

They plan to try the shelter out for a three-week experiment when, inadvertently, they are trapped inside with Mrs Jones’ mother, a young Cockney telephone installer and an Indian milkman.

They try to make the best of the situation, but receive more surprise visitors through a side hatch in the form of their next door neighbours.

With the neighbours always striving to keep up with the Joneses – they have now kept down with them by building their own abutting shelter.

The show will open at the village hall at 8pm on Wednesday, March 16. It runs through to Saturday, March 19.

Doors open 7.30pm and there is a licenced bar.

Tickets cost £6, including a programme, from the box office on 07845 489167.

Tickets can also be bought in person from the village hall between 10am and noon on Sunday.