Called “the funniest farce ever written,” NOISES OFF presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

This clever, smash-hit farce won numerous awards. The play opens with a touring company dress-rehearsing Nothing’s On, a conventional farce. Mixing mockery and homage, Frayn heaps into this play-within-a-play an hilarious melee of stock characters and situations. Caricatures – cheeky char, outraged wife and squeaky blonde – stampede in and out of doors. Voices rise and trousers fall …. a farce that makes you think as well as laugh.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Stella McCallum

Viv Baty as Dotty/Mrs Clackett
Laurie Neville as Lloyd
Nigel Colless as Garry/Roger
Chris Watson as Frederick/Phillip 
Charlotte Ward as Belinda/Flavia 
April Krijger as Poppy 
Shawn Stanley as Tim 
Kelvin Stephens as Selsdon/Burglar 
Kelsi Freer as Brooke/Vicki

Lighting! You just wouldn’t believe how the dimmers worked. The dimmers in those days were large glass jars full of saline solution and they had metal plates… Evie Atkinson used to work them on strings. And they used to raise these out of the jars and the lights would dim.

Noel Baty
Describing the old primitive lighting

Congratulations to all our winners

A good prompt will always know… usually you can tell by their eyes, because if someone really needs a prompt, the eyes go absolutely glazed and you can tell the stress…

If you prompt when they don’t want it – you are wrong. If you don’t prompt when they do want it – you are wrong. And if you do the job perfectly no one takes any notice of you and no one knows you are there, at all.

Sylvia May
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Singer Songwriters at New Plymouth Little Theatre

Last Friday of each month, February to November – Free entry – Doors 7pm – Original music from local artists.
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