Fraud is a very serious offence

The Drama Society of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia presents ‘Cash on Delivery’, a comedy centred around a man who has been swindling the generous Department of Social Security. Directed by Vinodh Senadeera and produced by Marlon Jesudason, the hilarious comedy by Michael Cooney revolves around the antics of a man who makes a living by defrauding his government’s extensive and generous Department of Social Security.

The lead character, Eric Swan, is landlord to such a large number of lodgers that it would require a house nearly thrice the size of his own. The only way he is able to make do, is that a vast majority of these lodgers, are imaginary. Made up by the inventive Mr. Swan, they are fictitious characters, suffering from a most unfortunate combination of ailments and disabilities, all-coincidentally-unemployed, which has resulted in the local branch of having to send a number of generous cheques to this one household. These checks are greeted by Mr. Swan, who - in keeping with his high standards of honesty- distributes them among the claimants: himself and himself only.

This happy and carefree lifestyle would have gone on just fine, if not for a visit by Mr. Jenkins-an inspector from the DSS-one fateful morning. Chaos soon begins to unfold in this ordinarily quiet household, as more people are gradually drawn into the confusing web of deception. This includes Norman (the upstairs lodger-the only real one), Linda (Eric’s wife), George (Eric’s uncle), Sally Chessington (a lady from the local council with a penchant for getting in the way), Rev. Chapman (the local pastor), Mr. Forbright (an undertaker), Ms. Cowper and Brenda Dixon (Norman’s fiancée).Confused yet?

As the proverbial saying goes, the “truth will out” from June 1-2 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, from 7p.m. Tickets and Box Plan soon to be available at the Lionel Wendt.

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