The Petuaria Players 2017-2018 Season
Our 2017-18 season we have managed to bring you three very different comedy genres by three different playwrights. With our middle play now complete we head into our final play before the summer break.
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY by Ray Cooney
April 26th, 27th, 28th 2018
Our final play is another comedy but this time we have the popular master of farce, Ray Cooney to thank for this laugh out loud play that brings eleven of our cast onto the stage.
Set in a hospital, “It Runs in the Family” contains the usual assortment of farcical characters running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture at an international conference.
Directed by Janet Drewery (assisted by Tom Fryer)
Cast includes: Steve Howland, Tom Fryer, Gill Collins, Rob Newton, Barbara Failey, Wyn Price, Jayne Hewson, Sue Hart, Reuben Sisson, Gary Vann, Richard Bateman
GENERATIONS APART by Peter Gordon Finished
October 26th, 27th, 28th 2017
We start with a lovely warm-humoured and sentimental comedy from the always popular Peter Gordon.
Having met Anne at the 1969 Isle of Wight music festival, Paul decides to run off with her to a mainland commune, leaving behind his conservative life on the island. However when his family circumstances change, he is forced to rethink his options. Many years later, a chance encounter with Anne’s daughter leads Paul back in to the past. A must for all who remember the heady days of the hippy!
Directed by Richard Bateman
Cast includes: Steve Howland, Tom Fryer, Rachel Miller, Jayne Hewson, Wyn Price, Janet Drewery
ROLEPLAY by Alan Ayckbourn – Finished
January 25th, 26th, 27th 2018
Our middle play returns to the master himself, Alan Ayckbourn, with a quite different comedy. Originally part of the trilogy ‘Damsels in Distress’ this very funny play stands on its own.
Justin and Julie-Ann, hopelessly mismatched in love, are about to introduce their respective parents to each other over dinner – Justin’s upper-crust alcoholic mother and Julie-Ann’s bigoted father and prim mother. Into this doomed scenario drops, quite literally, via the balcony upstairs, Paige Petite, a former lap dancer and her thick gun-toting minder employed by her gangster boyfriend leading to a hilarious clash of cultures and families.
Directed by Jayne Hewson
Cast includes: Tom Fryer, Wendy Fairburn, Nic Johnson, Steve Howland, Dianne Turner, Gill Collins and introducing Gary Vann.