Backstage antics in spotlight

ACTING OUT: Catch 'Noises Off' from May 5-10 at Alexander Road High School's Percy Walker Hall in
ACTING OUT: Catch ‘Noises Off’ from May 5-10 at Alexander Road High School’s Percy Walker Hall in

ALEXANDER Road High School is taking to the boards once again after a highly successful production of Hairspray last year. This time Port Elizabeth audiences can be prepared for the laugh-a-minute play, Noises Off!

Hailed as among the funniest comedy farces ever written, Noises Off ! takes a fond look at the crazy antics of badly prepared actors, whose out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turns every performance into a very high-risk adventure.

This riotous farce-within-a-farce captures a touring company’s production of a flop called Nothing On in three stages: a dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of the run.

Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from lost lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in a disastrous final performance.

The play gives audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the theatrical meltdown happening first hand – to hilarious effect.

Brimming with comedy, Noises Off is a backstage farce of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines.

Michael Frayn was inspired to write the play having watched one of his own productions from the wings and he realising that it was funnier from backstage.

This production is directed by Showtime award-winner Greg Everard and performed by a very talented cast of Grade 11 and 12 dramatic arts students from the school.

Well-known PE theatrical personality, Cliff Kleb, will guest star as Selsdon Mowbray. Noises Off! can be seen from May 5-10 in the Percy Walker Hall at the school. Tickets are available from the school bursar or by calling (041) 365-1270.

• The cast of Noises Off! by Michael Frayn is Dotty Otley as Rachel Calitz; Lloyd Dallas as Mikael Renze; Garry Lejeune as Lukhanyiso Skosana; Brooke Ashton as Amy Palmer; Poppy Norton-Taylor as Micayla Fillis; Belinda Blair as Usi Nteyi; Frederick Fellowes as Darren Rockman; Tim Allgood as both Luke and Matthew Hamilton and guest starring Cliff Kleb as Selsdon Mowbray.

The play gives audiences a behind the scenes glimpse of the theatrical meltdown happening first hand – to hilarious effect

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