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Noises Off

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Keith Thompson
19th – 27th February 2010

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

All performances sold out

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.
Part of the Barn’s 2009-2010 Season.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Keith Thompson

CAST

Brooke/Vicki
Garry/Roger
Dotty/Mrs.Clackett
Frederick/Philip
Selsdon/Burglar
Belinda/Flavia

CREATIVE TEAM

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