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Two criminals share a cell in a local prison. As the festive season approaches, the prisoners become determined to escape – anything would be better than being stuck in the theatre with the audience, who appear to be “a bunch of rascals and villains.” To secure their freedom, they plan to kidnap Alexander, the son of the local detective constable; they also appear to have kidnapped “little Kevin”, the son of another local policeman. The escaped convicts are driven to various tricks and disguises: they encounter, among others, a local headmaster (who seems to have an uncanny resemblance to Frankenstein’s monster). Much of the comedy comes from the way the author treats the audience as part of the plot, and is constantly subverting the usual conventions of the theatre.