Comedy Double Bill
(The Guest Lecturer / Departure)

by

A. R. Gurney / Stephen Smith

SYNOPSIS

The Guest Lecturer:
Mona runs a financially strapped regional theatre and takes “diabolical steps” to keep the venue going.

Departure:
Stranded in an airport lounge during the inevitable delay of a holiday flight to Spain, Rosemary - "I`m a one-parent family, you see" - and her carbon-copy, not-very-bright daughter, Mandy, draw the reluctant Dennis and Shelia Tippit into a conversation. Sheila has suggested a holiday to try to right her ailing marriage; Rosemary is looking for a husband fore Mandy. The comic tone of the play shifts continually between Rosemary`s malapropisms and Dennis` grimly humorous bigotry with the close of the play finding Rosemary unmoved by the chaos she has caused and Dennis near to a nervous breakdown !

A very popular comedy, still frequently performed today, in which the humour masks deep seated problems. A play about communication skills in which a very optimistic mother and daughter meet a very pessimistic man and his depressed wife. Based on the author`s experiences of being stuck at Gatwick airport in the eighties. Can be set in the late eighties or updated.

DIRECTOR

Paul Bilton (The Guest Lecturer)
Martin Russel (Departure)

CAST

Stage Managers

Paul Day, Silvia Day

Make-up

Maureen Grim

Front of House

Regula Bilton, Members of the Club

Box Office

Nicholas Maccabe, Members of the Club

Lights and Sound

Elisa Kang, Dorothy Nauer, Marie-Luisa Capozzi

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Guest Lecturer:

Mona

Collete Clavadetscher

Hartley

Ben Noutiba

Fred

Beat Walti

Departure:

Rosemary

Tricia Tomlinson Schmid

Dennis

Alan Bridgman

Sheila

Joan Bridgman

Mandi

Celest Graf

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