Our first production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farce, set in three bedrooms.
Ernest – Ray Archer
Delia – Rosemary Phillips
Malcolm – Trevor King
Kate – Julie Sadler
Nick – Jim Houlding
Jan – Sally Merian
Tevor – Keith Stanley
Susannah – Rebecca Reid
Stage Manager – Patricia Norris
Assistant Stage Managers – Jeanette Stanley & Kathryn King
Lighting – Pete Lilley
Effects – Sue Tugby, Chris King & Graham Turner
Props – Debbie Lilley & Irene Hines
Backstage – Sue Nevitt, Fred Jones, Brian Penson & Don Manapol
Publicity – Kathryn King & irene Hines
Cover Design – Keith Stanley
Worcester Evening News Review – 13th Feb 1992 – “Bedroom Farce” – Alan Ayckbourn – Norbury Theatre, DroitwichWringing laughter out of the sheets
A comedy in which all of the action takes place in bed promises to be tediously static on one hand and full of sexual innuendo on the other. Alan Ayckbourn’s “Bedroom Farce”, presented by St John’s Players at the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich, is neither.
Based in not one, but three bedrooms, all on stage at the same time, its humour depends on the interaction of the couples who share the beds and the disruptive influence of a fourth couple on their lives.
The play calls for clever characterisation and the talented Players have risen to the challenge. Skilfully directed by Derek Chaplin, they present us with eight very different personalities capable of wringing the last laugh out of every situation. Especially funny are the manic Susannah, played by Rebecca Reid and the well-meaning Kate (Julie Sadler), whose plaintive tones are reminiscent of Michelle Dotrice in “Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em”. Trevor King’s Malcolm gives us one scene worthy of Michael Crawford, but it would be even funnier if he had some real DIY kit pieces to puzzle over.
All members of the cast provide their share of laughs, but Jim Houlding deserves a special mention for keeping the audience chuckling without deliberately getting out of bed.