Exeter Little Theatre Company has fun, bringing Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce to life

PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 March 2018

Rehearsals in full swing for Exeter Little Theatre's production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Bedroom Farce'.
 Picture: Contributed.

Rehearsals in full swing for Exeter Little Theatre's production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Bedroom Farce'. Picture: Contributed.


Exeter Little Theatre Company is springing into action this April with its latest production, Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce.

Chaos and havoc ensues as one couple ruffles not just their own feathers, but the beds, tempers, and routines of everyone else.

Trevor and Susannah (played by Pete Francis and Gill Smith), inflict their problems on their nearest and dearest as they try to resolve the issues of their dysfunctional marriage.

Over the course of one long evening, the duo finds themselves in everyone else’s beds but their own, leaving a wave of destruction as they move across the show’s three main bedrooms.

In room number one there is Earnest and Delia (David and Sue Gunn-Johnson), a stalwart couple meant to be enjoying an anniversary dinner but who would really just prefer pilchards in bed… that is until Susannah comes calling for marital advice.

Then there’s ‘love’s young dream’ Mel and Kate (Elizabeth Noon and Clarissa Place), who are gearing up for their first house party in their new love nest.

Finally there’s Jan and Nick (Denise Gough and Richard Flack). With Nick out of action due to a bad back, Jan has to go on alone to the house party and face her ex-boyfriend Trevor – will sparks fly?

Each of the relationships are put to the test in one of Ayckbourn’s most hilarious, touching, and fast-paced plays.

“It’s a funny, and at times touching, exploration of relationships, romantic, familial, and platonic,” says director Elizabeth Noon. “Written in 1975, it hasn’t dated at all as the themes it explores are all linked to what it is to be human and to love another person.

“We’re having fun bringing Ayckbourn’s characters to life. From what’s happened in the rehearsal room so far, the audience is in for a great night!”

The show runs at the Barnfield Theatre from Tuesday, April 3 until Saturday, April 7. Performances begin at 7.30pm. The Saturday show will also be a signed performance.

Tickets are £13.50 (adults) and £12 (under 16), on sale now from the Barnfield Theatre. Call 01392 271808 or visit www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

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