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Big Bad Mouse - performed January 1981
By Philip King and Falkland L Cary
Performed with the kind permission of Samuel French
Director - Dennis Murfitt
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamPeter Westbrook, Jude Hussey, Jenny Rollings, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Kevin Brown, Dennis Murfitt, Christine and Peter Potter, Geoffrey Taylor, Derek Cobbold, Valerie Taylor, Herbert Yeates, Peter and Pamela Talbot-Ashby, Patience Ling, Viv Wheatley, and other volunteers not mentioned.
The PlayIn the Orders Office of Chunkbix Ltd., it is decidedly Mr. Price Hargraves who gives the orders and little Mr. Bloome who obeys them until Mr. Bloome is astonishingly accused of chasing a young female across the Common. To his and Mr. Price Hargraves' amazement this reprehensible conduct makes him the hero of every woman and girl in the office, even Price Hargraves' hitherto devoted secretary and the formidable chairman, Lady Chesapeake. So glorious is Bloome's transformation that when the young person in question discovers she has made a mistake in her identification, Bloome is the reverse of pleased and determines to keep her quiet.
ReviewsBe careful! Inside the office “mouse” beats the heart of a reckless sex fiend. But, inside every woman lurks a ravenous tigress and mouse is on the menu. That’s the theme of the Manifest Theatre Group's latest offering at the Old Legion Hall, Manningtree, the long-running Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards farce, Big Bad Mouse, set in the offices of a biscuit company. This intimacy of this venue was ideal for farce. With the action taking place almost at their feet, the audience soon lost their inhibitions and the gently chuckles became guffaws of laughter as the players threw about the funny lines like confetti on Tuesday’s first night.
Ed King plays the nervous and bullied invoice clerk, Bernard Bloome, who becomes the office Casanova after a case of
mistake identity sees him branded as a sex maniac.
And Janet Cousins is the prim Miss Spencer, a no-nonsense, no-hanky-panky secretary, until she reveals her passion for
Mr Bloome at the office party.
First made famous by the ad-libbing of Jimmy Edwards and Eric Sykes, this straightforward farce about the
new-found status of the little man, previously one of Life’s natural victims, when he is falsely accused of
assaulting a girl on Wandsworth Common, is in constant demand and here received a first-class production and
Ed King’s initially cringing and servile Mr Bloome changed hilariously to the strutting of the aroused sexual
athlete and set well against the "Little Caesar" stuff-shirtdom of Dennis Murfitt's equally effective Price-Hargraves
in the hierarchical order of things in the Chunkbix offices while Tim Robinson had great fund with the office boy,
Harold Hopkins, always in a state of cheeky rebellion or at the mercy of his hormones.
With its current flirtation with farce, Manningtree's Manifest Theatre Group is presenting an entirely fresh
aspect of its rapidly growing reputation.
"Big Bad Mouse" by Philip King and Falkland Carey, demands sure-fire timing and fail-safe repartee, and sure enough
the show goes like a rocket.