Rumours
by Neil Simon

Produced & Directed by Norma Graves.

Production dates : 22nd - 25th May 2002

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"This riotously funny farce centres around the efforts of eight party guests to spare their unfortunate host, and themselves, from scandal. It opens with Ken and Chris who have found their host Charley, a prominent Government official, in his bedroom, too dazed to speak, with a bullet wound in his ear lobe! His wife, Vivian, and domestic help are nowhere to be seen. Len and Claire arrive, themselves injured in a car crash, and are soon joined by Ernest and Cookie, Glenn and Cassie, each with their own problems. Following a second, accidental, gunshot that leaves Ken temporarily deaf, the police arrive and Len, drawing the short straw, pretends he is Charley. He concocts a touching and fantastic explanation, that in the end proves more credible than anyone dared hope."

Cast

Chris, mid 30s: Diane Owen
Ken, about 40: Stan Ward
Claire, mid 30s: Siân Butler
Len: Steve Mercer
Ernest, about 50: Roy Whitlow
Cookie, mid 40s: Marion Whitlow
Glenn: Mike Hardwick
Cassie: Jacqui Ward
Conklin: Nigel Chambers
Casey: Angela Watson

Backstage crew

Stage Manager : Robert Owen
Assistant Stage Manager : Will Wrighton
Set Construction : Robert Owen, Phil Oliver, Will Wrighton
Lights : Tim Hunter + Andy Allsopp
Sound : Stephen Bashford
Costumes : Norma Graves
Props : Debbie Bashford + Mel Seaman
Asst. Director & Prompt : Nicki Hardwick
Box Office : Stephen Bashford
Front of House : Pauline Pincott & Members

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