Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of intolerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothings On.Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigues and an errant herring all fire in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Stella MaCallum

 

 

 

 

 

Cast
Viv Baty as Dotty/Mrs Clackett
Jor-el Shaman 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

What’s more fun than a comically flawless story about tragically flawed people? Nothing. A clumsy brunette bombshell; an addled actress as the dotty housekeeper; an alcoholic septuagenarian in the role of a burglar. It was never going to be easy staging a bedroom farce with a mediocre cast, but pompous director Lloyd Dallas is having a crack.  You’ll cry with laughter and cringe with delight as you witness this company fray and fall apart. Onstage, it’s a whirl of slamming doors, missed cues, dropped lines and dropped trousers; backstage, it’s an even more confused and chaotic maelstrom of love triangles and trampled egos, and there’s no one without an axe to grind (or swing).

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

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Singer Songwriters at New Plymouth Little Theatre

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