Mad Dogs and Englishmen is the title of a song written in 1931 by Noel Coward. It is also the name of The Angels Theatre Group’s next production taking place on June 1 and 2 at Casa do Povo in Estoi.
The song, which parodies the British Raj, makes fun of the stiff upper lip approach of the British while living in tropical climes. Throughout the piece, there are references to Hong Kong’s famous Noon Day Gun and other Colonies.
Coward wrote the song while driving from Hanoi to Saigon. Its first rendition was to a travelling companion in a small jungle rest house, accompanied by noisy and, he claimed, enthusiastic gecko lizards and tree frogs. It later became the signature feature in his cabaret act.
A spokesman for the theatre group said: “The Angels’ show will be a revue of some of Coward’s prolific work and will introduce his genius through his amazing use of language and humour. He was noted for his style, wit and sophistication, writing more than 300 songs and 50 plays.”
The Angels, who entertain for charity, are encouraging everyone to arrive in 1920s/30s style dress to be rewarded with a free raffle ticket for a special prize.
Tickets, at €15 per person (including canapés and a cocktail), are available at both the Casa do Povo in Estoi and Joro Shop in Almancil.
All proceeds from the shows will benefit the Casa do Povo, which provides for the needy residents of Estoi, and will also help to furnish a much-needed canteen and improve its facilities.
Casa do Povo is located next to the post office. Door opens at 7pm with curtain up at 8pm.