The latest production by Newick Amateur Dramatic Society promises side-splitting laughter and fun.
Out of Order is a politically inspired comedy and is playing at Newick Village Hall this Wednesday to Saturday (December 4-7).
The play’s creator, Ray Cooney, learned his trade in Brian Rix’s celebrated Whitehall farces – all boxer shorts, sock suspenders and slamming doors – in the 1950s and ‘60s.
First performed in 1990, with Donald Sinden and Michael Williams in the leading rôles, Out of Order enjoyed at long run at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, and won a Laurence Olivier “Comedy of the Year” award.
The plot revolves around Richard Wyllie and Jane Worthington who plan an amorous evening together at a smart Westminster hotel, a short step away from Parliament.
However, Richard is a junior government minister and Jane works for the leader of the opposition. They most definitely don’t want to be discovered for fear of scurrilous tittle-tattle about pillow-talk.
Their tryst quickly heads for disaster when they discover a body trapped in an unreliable sash window!
Cooney penned 22 plays that established a reputation for combining British bawdiness and structural complication, with characters often talking at cross-purposes, jumping to wrong conclusions, and feeling obliged to pretend matters were not quite as they actually were.
Out of Order will be on at Newick Village Hall from tomorrow (December 4). Doors open at 7.15pm. Curtain up 8pm. Tickets cost £9. There is a licensed Bar, mulled wine and mince pies.
Box Office: 01825 722 359. Or buy direct from Newick Butchers on The Green.