COMEDY is on the menu in Rossmore Theatre every Thursday throughout July and August. This year’s summer play by the Kilmeen Drama Group is Out of Order, a farce by Ray Cooney and directed by Gerard Finn. Ray Cooney is recognised theatrically and publically as ‘The Master of Farce.’
This fast-paced and very funny play is set on the sixth floor of a posh London hotel close to the House of Commons. Richard Willey, Conservative government minister (Gearoid McCarthy) has arranged to spend a romantic evening in Suite 648 of the Westminster Hotel in the company of Jane Worthington (Sheila Wall), the opposition leader’s secretary.
Things don’t go as planned, starting with the discovery of a dead body (Tadhg Healy) trapped in the suite’s unreliable sash window. Dragging his private secretary, George Pigden (Denis O’Mahony) into the mess, Richard Willey’s situation goes from bad to worse as they try to cover up his philandering activities and tries to get out with his reputation – and relationship – intact. Cover- ups never go to plan and bundling the corpse into a cupboard sets off a chain of reactions of disastrous proportions. The police can’t be called as this illicit cross-party liaison would surely bring down the Tory government if this story hit the papers.
The arrival of Ronnie (Paul O’Regan), the distraught and jealous husband of Jane, sees him mistakenly pursuing an innocent man. Rosarie Murphy is the intrusive and sometimes disapproving hotel manager and Noel Lynch plays the cheeky money-grabbing waiter.
More confusion follows with the entrance of Pamela (Elaine Connolly), the minister’s wife and Nurse Foster (Marie Hayes) in this cat and mouse affair. Catastrophe after catastrophe makes this a barrel of laughs. You have it all in Out of Order – a truly great farce!
Starting on Thursday, July 6th at 8 pm and the run continues every Thursday in July and August.
Booking on 086-4481086 from 12 noon to 7pm. Online booking:
www.rossmoretheatre.com. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Unreserved seating.