11th-18th January 2010
The Priory Playhouse, Arundel
Described as a light comedy, Noel Coward’s play about the snobbery of the English aristocracy was a delight to perform in. The play reads as quite an old-fashioned piece, and I have to admit that I found the humour slightly lacking in rehearsals, although they were good fun due to the company of the excellent cast and crew. The tables were soon turned though, once in performance, and the audience warmed to the wit of the dialogue.
I played Miranda Frayle, a Hollywood actress who gets herself engaged to Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, yet on her arrival at Marshwood House and her first meeting with Lady Marshwood, discovers that Lady Marshwood’s maid is no other that her long-lost sister, Dora.
Favourite line: Miranda’s final retort to her now ex-fiancé, Nigel, in front of both her sister and Lady Marshwood:
“And you can tell my sister from me that she can go on doing your mother’s hair for as long as she has any to do.”
And with that, she sweeps out. A priceless exit line, usually eliciting a long ‘0oo’ from the audience!