Apparently, having just checked our countdown button on the front page, there are just over 50 days to opening night on our next play.
We may have been quiet on here, but rehearsals have been busily under way since the beginning of February. And Ray Cooney’s ‘It Runs In the Family’ is a play that needs plenty of that! The third of our varied comedy styles for this season returns to that popular genre, farce, and it’s certainly a manic one.
The Petuaria Players first performed this 22 years ago, long enough for it to be fresh to the majority of our members – although our stalwart chairman (chairperson if you must) Richard Bateman remembers it very well. Audiences will be pleased to hear that he is making a popular return to acting on stage in this production. Richard was last in the spotlight – literally – four years ago in Key For Two, although he has been very busy as a Producer, backstage and front-of-house.
With 12 characters and 11 actors on stage, a lot of doors and props and fast action it brings back memories of our 2014 production of Cash On Delivery (not least because it was written by Ray Cooney’s son). And with so many characters it means the cast includes the usual suspects plus a role for Gary who enjoyed his first stage performance in the last play and a first role with us for youngest member Reuben who cut his teeth on sound and lights in recent plays.
Tickets are available now and can be reserved via our Book Tickets page.
It Runs In The Family by Ray Cooney
April 26th, 27th, 28th 2018
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.
Steve Howland, Tom Fryer, Gill Collins, Rob Newton, Barbara Failey, Wyn Price, Jayne Hewson, Sue Hart, Reuben Sisson, Gary Vann, Richard Bateman
Directed by Janet Drewery (assisted by Tom Fryer)