By Michael Frayn
Directed by Stella MaCallum
CastViv Baty as Dotty/Mrs ClackettJor-el Shaman as LloydNigel Colless as Garry/RogerChris 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.
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.