THE moment you enter the Playhouse the stage is warmly lit up with a rather confusing engagement party banner sign to set the scene.

To get the audience in the mood we are greeted by an on-stage band on a second tier. They strum away in jaunty skiffle mode.

Throughout the next two-and-a-half hours (including interval) we are treated to group and solo tunes which ably carry the nutty narrative along, capturing the mood from the crazy conflicts of identical twins to crazy culinary capers.

Bangers and Mash is one such silly ditty, while The Brighton Line rocks along like a chugging train.

The fun starts slowly, but gathers pace in this vibrant version of this Commedia Dell'arte play.

The 11-strong cast (some double up in the band) look as though they are having a ball.

That feeling quickly transfers to the aisles when the fourth wall is broken frequently.

Richard Bean's adaptation of the 18th century classic piece The Servant of Two Masters initially saw James Corden stamp his own personality on the role of the hapless harleqeuin Francis Henshall.

Any actor putting on the chequered suit will be compared to Mr Corden, so full credit to Jordan Pearson of co-producers Bolton Ocatgon for giving it 100 per cent.

He certainly threw himself into the character who has real issues with the truth, hunger and sex - not necessarily in that order.

The simple yet effective set switches smoothly from apartment to cricketers' pub, scrap metal yard to a Brighton seafront facade complete with atmospheric fairy lights.

The cast work their individual and collective socks off on a surreal storyline of mistaken identity, lust, greed, money ... you name it all human life is here.

There's an impressive all-round performance from Javier Marzan who has on his creative CV 'Paddington movement coach.'

As 86-year-old Alfie, he displays jaw-dropping skills as an athletic clown persona with physical comedy matched by a truly unique expressive face.

There are also many laugh-out-loud performances from Laurie Jamieson as unhinged upper-crust gangster Stanley Stubbers and Polly Lister as the feisty Scouser with attitude - Dolly.

Murder, mayhem and Majorca - yes, its all here in a menu of mirth and merriment. That's enough alliteration - but that gives you an idea of the tongue-twisting wordplay taking place involving the letter D.

Delightfully deranged and daft dialogue, indeed.

The best way to enjoy this wonderfully wacky comedy is to sit down and go with the flow.

Imagine your seat is a fairground roller coaster.

Tighten your belt and and enjoy the raucous ride.

Globe verdict: Four stars. Tour de farce!

The production is on until Saturday, July 16. Tickets from 0151 709 4776.