Rapproche des arts offered its first major theatrical production at Grove Hall in Huntingdon over the last two weeks. The seven performances, running from June 21st to 29th, sold out to enthusiastic crowds who were treated to the finest in British farce theatre.
The story is simply to complex to explain (see here for details) but is a story within a story: Noise Off is a play about a group of actors in a played called “Nothing On” and their farcical interactions both on stage and back stage. Act 1 is about the final rehearsal (which is not going well), then the stage rotates for Act 2 to reveal the back stage area and all the shenanigans that are going on between the actors as ‘real persons’ (everyone is having an affair with everyone else) while Nothing On is presented to a fictious audience (now the real back stage). Lastly, the living room stage rotates back for Act 3 to portray the final performance of Nothing On from an exhausted and over-wrought ensemble who just give up trying to get any of their lines and timings right. Of course, all the missed lines and timings are in fact those of the real play, Noises Off, and all delivered in madcap and fervent style.
The audience yelled “Bravo!” at the end, a well-deserved accolade for a fine performance.
Produced by Rapproche des arts (Rural Arts Project)
- Written by Michael Frayn
- Directed by Corey Castle
- Starring – Tina Bye, Jeremy Glenn, Mike Melino, Lea Capuano, Stephanie Leblanc, Bill Fletcher, Debbie Wrenshall, Dylan Speak & Kevin Kibbey
- Stage Managers – Clair Shamy & Tali Brady
- Technical Director – Mark Bye
- Costume Designer – Chelsea Daniel
- Set Designers – Mark & Tina Bye