Move Over Mrs Markham
Written by Ray Cooney & John Chapman
Directed by Bernard Doyle
Performed in the The Mill Theatre, Dundrum - Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 April 2015
Our Spring production in the Mill Theatre this year was the very funny farce, Move Over Mrs Markham, written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman.
Director, Bernard Doyle, assembled a strong team on stage and backstage to ensure that this hilarious farce delivered a great, entertaining evening at the theatre.
The play is set in a very elegant top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. Philip is a straight-laced publisher of children's books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Philip had reluctantly agreed to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to entertain his latest girlfriend. At the same time Joanna Markham had been persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the Interior Designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months had decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! Not surprisingly, chaos and confusion ensue! The situation is further complicated by the arrival of a straight-laced authoress of children's books. The frantic efforts of the Markhams to hide the amorous goings-on lead to a hectic and hilarious evening.
Raymond Cooney, OBE was born in 1932 and became a writer after he had spent some time working as an actor. His biggest success was 'Run for Your Wife', which ran for nine years in London's West End and became its longest-running comedy. Seventeen of his plays have been performed in London's theatre district.
John Chapman (1927-2001) was a British writer who began his involvement with the theatre as an actor in the 1940s. He collaborated with Ray Cooney on several television shows and stage plays including 'Move Over Mrs Markham' in 1968.
Olive Harriet Smythe
Felicity Jane Wilkinson
Barry John Kinsella
Lighting Design and Operation
Sound Design and Operation
Assistant Stage Manager
Michael P Behan
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