Performances - February /March
by Richard Harris
directed by Sarah Lovely
Party Piece is set in two adjoining gardens over a summer’s afternoon and evening in West London, 2022.
In the afternoon, nouveau riche Doctor Michael Smethurst and his wife Roma, are preparing for a fancy-dress housewarming party (theme is couples in reverse).
In the other garden, domestic squabbles erupt as a son is trying to persuade his antagonistic working-class Mother to sell her house and move into more appropriate accommodation. A fence separates these neighbours, but it has a peep hole, which is used to great comic effect for each household to spy on one another and to enhance the class warfare.
The evening looks set to be a lively one until a string of hilarious disasters strike, and the party descends into disaster and chaos. There is a distinct lack of guests, a marauding Zimmer frame, a shed and wig engulfed by fire and the prospect of an irate husband on the prowl.
All this combines for a hilarious and chaotic play!
- Michal Smethurst played by Troy Hester
- Mrs Hinson played by Jenna Arnold
- Roma Smethurst played by Karyn Wiffen
- David Hinson played by Terry Matthews
- Jennifer Hinson played by Jessica Curtis
- Toby Hancock played by Oliver Shepherd
- Sandy Lloyd-Meredith played by Katrina Cook
Director - Sarah Lovely
- Assistant/Mentor - Christine Vale
- Music/Sounds Effects/Lighting - Lloyd Grounds
- Production - Fran Armstrong
Prices: Adults $30, Concession $25, Children up to 16 $8.