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The Semi-Circle's June 2019 production of

Woody Allen's "Don't Drink The Water"

from the Theater Tabourettli, Basel


The play takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist – a caterer by trade – and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the secret police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

Don’t Drink the Water is Woody Allen’s first play. It was written in 1966, opened on Broadway the same year and ran for two years. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1969, starring Jackie Gleason. In 1994 Allen himself directed and played the lead in a TV version - also titled Don't Drink the Water - featuring Michael J. Fox.

"Moved the audience to great laughter [...] Allen's imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop." - New York Daily News

"It is filled with [...] bright and hilarious dialogue." - New York Post

Don’t drink the Water is a bright, light-hearted comedy.” – New York Times

** Hear All About It ! **

Listen to Luca Manganelli, Director of "Don't Drink The Water" and Mike Bray, Semi-Circle President being interviewed on the Radio X English show about the production and the club.

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the Radio X logo below


The program can be downloaded here

Director  Luca Manganelli

Assistant Director  Chloë Hannah

Producer Michael Bray

Cast (in order of appearance)

Reverend Drobney Georgina Rotter

Ambassador Magee Diana Zuger

Kilroy Meg Bogatko

Axel Magee Nicolas Hunziker

Marion Hollander Mady Kunz

Walter Hollander Paul Pieterse

Susan Hollander Barbara Bekalska

Krojack Rik Deurloo

Chef Kunal Soni

Sultan of Bashir Kunal Soni

Sultan’s first wife Fiona Müller

Kasnar Norman Koeth/Douglas Weers

Countess Bordoni Valerie Walder

Final Crew list:

Director  Luca Manganelli

Assistant Director Chloe Hannah

Producer Michael Bray

Assistant Producer Chris Jones

Stage managers Kirsten Gräser, Chris Jones

Light & Sound  Urs Reusser (Tabourettli), Olga Gentil

Make-up       Valentina D’Alessandro, Wendy Monard, Carol Ribas, Mariaelena Suppa, Nina Urech

Front Of House Michael Bray, Cathy Barker,

Roger Bonner, Jan Hawley,

Marjorie Hopkins, Hilary Ireland,

Eva Sternucker, Sarah Thomforde

Set design & build  Ash Chumber, Russel Coburn, Craig Roberts, John Hyland

Publicity & Programme  Georgina Rotter

Publicity Associates Beatrix Castellote-Iselin, Wendy Monard Marta Mezzenzana, Alice G. Zagato

Proofs Cathy Barker, David Laurie

Photography   Agnes Singer

Lighting Assistant Catherine Matter 

Transport Chris Jones

Catering Alice G. Zagato

At the request of the cast and crew the Semi-Circle has followed the precedent set by our Top-Girls cast and has shown its appreciation for all the members of the Friendships? production by making a charitable donation to the local Swiss charity "Herzenbilder".

You can view their website here 

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