With Tea Tree Players' usual excellent set, complete with 80’s styling, this comedy by Marc Camoletti looks good.
The action is filled with all the elements required for a murder mystery, with a lot of comedy thrown in. We have a deserted mansion, on an isolated island, in a storm, where a group of suspicious characters are meeting for the midnight reading of a will!
Quick witted and ungainliness is the central hallmark of The Tea Tree Players new show Rookery Nook. A blisteringly quick script and a rapid succession of entries and exits gives the audience everything they would expect from a British farce.
Charlie Fuller has built himself a comfortable life in his retirement village, having several ‘friends with benefits’, all of who are aware of, and happy with the situation. His daughter thinks he needs looking after, that he may be declining, losing his grip. Meanwhile she is having her own dalliance with a work colleague. The arrival of a new widow and her nephew upsets the balance for both of them.
Take a ridiculous plot, add a few corny jokes and some unlikely situations and you have a really funny play. This is no bedroom farce; there are no dropped trousers or scantily clad girls; but there is plenty of laughter. Father and son duo Ray and Michael Cooney have penned an excellent script,
Set in a dilapidated Victorian three-storey country house, reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute, Alan Ayckbourn's 'Taking Steps' follows six characters in the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and down stairs and in and out of rooms.
Season’s Greetings: a family gathers for four days of Christmas festivities, which rapidly disintegrate into attempted adultery, attempted murder and attempted puppetry!
Farce is one of the hardest of theatrical genres to do well. Ray Cooney is a master at writing perhaps the best of British farce; Barry Hill is expert at directing it; and Tea Tree Players tend to do it very well.
If you take a great Chapman & Cooney script and give it a good director who understands comedy, you will have an almost certain hit!
Michael Frayn’s farcical look at farce is a play within a play, following the behind-the-scenes lives of a touring stage show from rehearsals to the bitter end!