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It Runs In The Family

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)



All RolePlay’d out

It seems crazy. Just twelve weeks from initial move blocking to dismantling the set after the play.  A frenzied few days of set building, a performance week and then dismantling and packing away and by Sunday 1pm it was as though it had never happened – except for the buzz and the thrill of performing a wonderful script and the appreciative feedback of our audiences.

Justin’s riverside apartment

We were proud of the set which, as usual, was constructed over a weekend.  Somehow we were able to create within that limited space a lounge and galley kitchen, and the all-important balcony overlooking the river.

Backstage, the audience is in and 10 minutes to go to the final performance
As Derek and Dee Jobson, backstage, waiting to go on
The cast and their curtain call line-up

It was an enjoyable evening for all, not least for new member Gary (2nd from R), who successfully completed his first acting performance as ex-boxer and minder, Micky.

The after play party on the stage


RolePlay’s Director Jayne, justifiably pleased with the production, having after play drinks with Richard who had co-ordinated the construction of the set.  Without the help of his friends and other local supporters of our group we would not be able to complete our ambitious sets.

Jayne found time to bake a celebratory RolePlay cake to follow the pizzas and flowing wine

Our Monday night our General meeting confirmed what we already knew, that the play had proved popular with our audiences and that our ticket sales had led once again to almost capacity nights.  And we are seeing increasing numbers of new faces in our audiences too.

We can’t wait to show you our photos from the dress rehearsal performance in our next post, which will appear this week.

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