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Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney

posted 31 Oct 2010, 06:21 by Unknown user   [ updated 31 Oct 2010, 06:26 ]
If laughter is the best medicine then Lutterworth doctors can take their holidays this week, judging by the screams of laughter coming from Lutterworth College during the performance of Ray Cooney’s farce “Run for your Wife”. Farce may be packed with witty lines and have a wildly complicated plot, but it always needs superb timing and believable acting to pull it off. The Wycliffe Drama Group gave us farce at its best.


The storyline tells of John Smith, a London cabbie, who has two wives and two homes. He has successfully kept them apart with an exhausting and strict schedule- until an act of gallantry ends in a trip to hospital, and mild concussion, which throws his schedule out of kilter. The energetic Russ Crooks is fantastic in this very demanding role. His less than helpful neighbour, Stanley, is played by an equally hilarious Dickie Wood. Between them they sink further into the mire of muddle and deceit, as the two wives, (Suzanne Hack and Kate Gamble) try desperately to find out what is going on. They were confused? Weren’t we all!


The police officers (Hazel Maher and Colin Rigo) add to the fun without ever having a clue about the bigamy, the newspaper reporter (Jacqui Denson) causes digestive trouble with her photograph, and scene stealer Keith Parkin’s appearance as the camp neighbour, Bobby, bought the house down, off stage as well as on. Just don’t ask me to explain the storyline!


I suspect that the cast laughed as much rehearsing this cracker of a show as the audience did watching it. Congratulations to Shirley Duncan and Paul Jackson, and all the team in the WDG.


Vivien Window