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Remember in Bringing Up Baby when Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant went through some hilarious antics trying to keep control of a wild tiger? Well, now try and imagine that but in a more modern setting. And replace the tiger with an orangutan. That’s the basic premise behind Frank Sumatra, a darkly surreal comedy written by Mike Yeaman and directed by Bev Fox.

It follows the story of Bev and Keith, a couple desperately trying to have a baby. Every month they donate a tenner to the WWF to sponsor an orphaned orangutan, only to find it turning up like Paddington Bear on their doorstep. Instead of becoming parents to a little human bundle of joy they’re now responsible for a rather hairy and unruly teenager. Hijinks inevitably ensue. Performed live in the style of a radio drama, Frank Sumatra promises to be a treat for anyone with a penchant for classic comedy narratives and a deeply twisted sense of humour.

Frank Sumatra comes to the Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March.

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