Catch 22

A production by Theatre Group

Written by Joseph Heller

**Live forever, or die trying


The year is 1943 and from their base on the island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean the 256th air squadron are tasked with flying bombing raids over Italy. Under the command of Colonel Cathcart the men are forced to run more and more missions in order to make the colonel look good to his superiors. Captain Yossarian has run his share of missions and by all rights should be on his way home, however the new rules keep him trapped on Pianosa.

With an eye on self preservation Yossarian decides the only way he's going to escape with his life is to be declared insane and sent home. There is a catch however, as trying to get out of combat duty is a perfectly sane reaction to being faced with death he cannot be insane and is left no better off than when he started. Surrounded by the rest of the residents of the airbase each more crazy than the last Yossarian begins to wonder if he might be the only sane man there. As relevant today as it was when it was first published Catch 22 is a hillarious yet scathing satire of bureaucracy, capitalism and the insanity of war. 

> Using Joseph Hellier’s stage version of his novel, this production captures its spirit perfectly - The Daily Echo

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Performance dates

  • Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, 7th March 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, 8th March 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 9th March 2013 at 2:30pm
  • Saturday, 9th March 2013 at 7:30pm

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A society to improve theatrical skills through workshops; original writing; producing; directing; and acting. We aim to celebrate creativity in all mediums of drama and to provide all society members with a fun, inclusive environment to further their individual skill sets and to form a community with a love of theatre.