Bedroom Farce - performed October 1985
By Alan Ayckbourn
Performed with the kind permission of Samuel French
Director - Dennis Murfitt
Chairmans letterI have great pleasure in welcoming you to the first production in our own theatre. It is the start of an exciting new era for us all and with your help our Theatre Group will thrive and continue to be a valuable asset to the Manningtree area. Our intention is to foster and encourage live theatre in all its forms for your enjoyment in comfortable, well equipped surroundings.
This has been made possible by the unsparing efforts of many of our members and your generous response to our appeal for Life Membership. However, we are not out of the wood yet and I am sure the Group can count on your continual support in our various functions.
Jack Hacon - (Chairman)
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamVal Taylor, Viv Wheatley, Jenny Rollings, Dennis Murfitt, Bruce Emeny, Marice Barber, Greg Garrod, Trevor Amos, Geoffrey Taylor, Kevin Brown, Gill BAxtor, Pamela Talbot-Ashby
The PlayA wickedly funny play about the blithe inconsideration of the suffering. Trevor and Susannah are a couple whose marriage is heading towards the rocks and the play depicts an endless night in which they inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest, three other couples. Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples' bedrooms. Trevor and Susannah implicate the others in their public angst and in the course of one long Saturday night ruffle beds, tempers, marriages and domestic order.
ReviewsManifest Theatre Group have bought their own theatre in Oxford Road Manningtree.
The group opted to open with Bedroom Farce, which may require only one set, but needs that set to represent three bedrooms. And here I thought that the producer, who was also the set designer, Dennis Murfitt, went astray. The tiny stage was cluttered with three beds. If the breadth of the stage had been used for the frequent quarrels, rather than just a narrow corridor of stage, as it were, from back to front, then the actors might have been able to make something of their parts. After a slow start, the performances warmed up.
Of the four couples, I liked the Kate of Tracey Amos very much - a convincing characterisation that was very funny
and varied. Her husband, Dave Turrell, was almost as funny. Trevor was played with the right amount of zaniness
by Michael Caven, and his Susannah (Alison Brett) was nearly as good, with her manic sense of inadequacy.
Gillian Riley as Jan, needed more charm and life, and her partner, Simon Colbourne, could have gone a lot
further in suggesting someone completely self-indulgent and egotistical.
Something to be proud of
ALAN Ayckbourn must surely be one of the more engaging of our modern playwrights.
In its theatre Manningtree has an asset it can be proud of.
(back row - Michael, Alison, Gill, Hilda)
(front row - Dave, Tracey, Simon, Ron)