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Not to worry, Banbury Cross Players aren’t all of a sudden struck down with some mystery illness. They’re getting ready for some medical mayhem and infectious antics in our forthcoming production, Ray Cooney’s hilarious farce, “It Runs in the Family” at The Mill Arts Centre, 3-6 February 2016.
As Dr David Mortimore is putting the final touches to his imminent address to a neurologists’ convention (which will probably earn him a knighthood) old flame, Jane Tate, arrives and announces that their liaison 18 years ago resulted in a son, Leslie, who is downstairs and desperate to meet his dad.
Frantic to hide this catastrophic news from his wife, Rosemary and the hospital authorities, David is forced to invent not one but two non-existent husbands for Jane. To complicate matters, preparations are well advanced for the Hospital Pantomime. Add to this a Police Sergeant, a wandering senile patient, an assortment of (real or otherwise) matrons and a syringe full of tranquiliser, the scene is set for a hilariously entertaining evening’s theatre.
BCP are delighted to introduce four talented actors making their debut for the company in this production. Hilary Beaton, playing Jane Tate, Fraser McMinn, playing Dr Connolly, Zoe Pickworth playing the Sister and Isaac Stuart playing David’s long lost son, Leslie join the line-up of this fast-paced farce. Director, Terry Gallager, is enjoying putting his 12 strong cast through their paces and is particularly pleased with (for the first time in his theatrical career) the scale model of the set he has to work with – courtesy of set designer Peter Bloor. Very handy for knowing where those essentials of Farce are – the doors!
Tickets are available now from The Mill Box Office on 01295 279 002 or www.themillartscentre.co.uk/cms/event/81951.
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