Archives - Noises Off

by Michael Frayn

Directed by Keith Thompson

Friday 19th – Saturday 27th February 2010 in the Auditorium

This famous farce tracks the progress into disaster of a rather bad play, seen both onstage and backstage.

Michael Frayn’s play never misses a trick. Its first act is a pastiche of traditional farce; the second, a variant on it; the third, an elaborate undermining of it. A touring company rehearse Nothing On, a conventional farce.

Mixing mockery and homage, Frayn heaps into this play-within-a-play characters and situations in a hilarious mêlée. We see the onstage farce and also revealed is the farce behind the scenes in the astonishingly ingenious middle act. Cheery char, outraged wife and squeaky blonde — voices rise and trousers fall.

Show Talks

Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks now feature at the Barn on the following nights:

  • Monday 22nd at 7.30pm in the bar — Keith Thompson explains why Frayn’s play works so well on stage.
  • Tuesday 23rd at 7.30pm in the bar — Dr. Cindy Lawford talks about Frayn and his very English farce.
  • Wednesday 24th after the show — The audience’s opportunity to ask the cast and creative team about the play.
A great farce

Sunday Times

A pulverisingly funny play

The Guardian

The funniest play I have ever seen in the West End

The Times

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Part of the Barn’s 2009/2010 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Cast

Lloyd-Dick Breeze
Brooke/Vicki-Lynette Reeves
Garry/Roger-Stephen Thompson
Dotty/Mrs.Clackett-Victoria Rive
Frederick/Philip-Chris White
Selsdon/Burglar-Jack Wood
Tim-David Thompson
Belinda/Flavia-Natalie Gordon
Poppy-Rachel Williams

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Performances

Friday 19th – Saturday 27th February 2010

Friday 19th February8.00pm 
Saturday 20th February8.00pm 
Monday 22nd February8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Director Keith Thompson explains why Frayn's play works so well on stage.
Tuesday 23rd February8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Dr. Cindy Lawford talks about Frayn and his very English farce.
Wednesday 24th February8.00pmShow Talk after the performance: Your chance to ask the cast and creative team about the play
Thursday 25th February8.00pm 
Friday 26th February8.00pm 
Saturday 27th February2.30pmMatinée
Saturday 27th February8.00pm 

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