By Michael Frayn
Directed by Barry Grant
Season: 15 - 24 May 1997
Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and - of course - flying sardines!
Marilyn Ollett plays Dotty, who plays Mrs Clackett
David Johnstone plays Lloyd
Miles Dalton plays Garry, who plays Roger
Lisa Radcliffe plays Brooke, who plays Vicki
John Boyce plays Frederick, who plays Phillip
Tamzin Darragh plays Belinda, who plays Flavia
Carolyn Marlowe plays Poppy
Stephen Austin plays Tim
John Howdon plays Selsdon, who plays The Burglar
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