French farce unfolds

West Haddon Players latest performance, Boeing Boeing.'Pictured are Jane Porter, Sally Davies & Sharon Brown
West Haddon Players latest performance, Boeing Boeing.'Pictured are Jane Porter, Sally Davies & Sharon Brown

Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take off as the West Haddon Players will be bringing a sky-bound farce to the village.

The amateur dramatics group which has been for more than 25 years will be performing Boeing Boeing.

First performed in 1960, and also turned into a film starring Tony Curtis, the show has been revived for a run in the West End back in 2007.

The show sees Parisien lothario Bernard currently dating three beautiful air hostesses. They are Gloria, a sassy American, Gretchen, a passionate German and tempestuous Italian Gabriella, all of whom are entirely unaware of each other’s existence.

He keeps one up, one downand one pending with the help of airline timeables and enjoys an ideal if unorthodox life. However a storm over the Atlantic and a new faster Boeing wreaks havoc with his plans.

It is a first time John Harrison has directed a show and he was full of praise for the professionalism of everyone working on it.

He said: “Because of the very nature of the show, it is a very fast show, so the actors really need to know, not just their lines, but the situation they are in as well.

“However, they have been very good about learning their parts, with some of the actors even having mini rehearsals of individual scenes to get them right.

“Everyone has worked very hard on the show, from the set designers to the costume mistress who has had to find 1960s air stewardesses costumes which has been a challenge. But there has been a lot of laughter and we are all enjoying it.”

The group decided to take on the show because of the challenges it presented.

John added: “This was a show that was revived on Broadway and the West Enda little while ago and it has been on the agenda for us to do it.

“It is a real challenge for all of us working on the show but if you put the effort into getting the show right, then the rewards are great.”

He also spokes as well about the challenges of being a director as well.

John said: “It has been an education, I think as an actor, you try and make the very best with the part you are performing. As a director, you are looking at everybody and you become a little like a parent. You want everyone to do their very best.”

It is a return to the farce for the group who recently did Run For Your Wife 18 months ago.

“It was a very successful production so we know what to expect.

“As for this show, there is some 1960s Carry On style comedy moments, I think the show will be good entertainment for the entire cross section of people in the local area,”

Boeing Boeing will be performed at West Haddon Village Hall from Thursday May 9 to Saturday May 11 at starts at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for concessions and they can be booked by calling the box office on 01788 510503.

Money raised from the show will be donated to local good causes. Previous beneficiaries have included the village hall, the church and the brownies.

For further information about the group, visit www.westhaddonplayers.org.uk