Chase Me Comrade - performed February 2005
By Ray Cooney
Performed with the kind permission of Josef Weinberger ltd.
Director - Nigel Rowe
It has been a pleasure to work with this cast on this play and I hope that you, the audience, enjoy watching it as much as we did making it. It is a farce which gets more and more frantic as time passes and there are points where if you are not concentrating you will miss who is doing what and with whom.
Cast(in order of appearance)
A farce by Ray Cooney. This was first performed at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, on 30th March 1964 and Ray Cooney played Gerry Buss. It was later starred in by the undoubted Master of Farce, Mr Brian Rix at the Whitehall Theatre, London on 15th July 1964 where Brian Rix played Gerry Buss.
The play is set in the 1970s' and starts on a Saturday afternoon in the summer
ReviewsRight tonic for cold spell
It was just the tonic everyone needed - something to take their minds off the cold outside.
Like all good farces, there was confusion and more confusion, innuendo, mix ups and misunderstandings, all culminating in the chase, a feat in itself, taking into account the limited space the Oxford Road theatre and a credit to director Nigel Rowe.
As ever at the Manifest, all the cast performed well. One of the most difficult roles was probably that of
John Roberts, the Russian ballet dancer with limited English, but he too, with much arm waving and facial expressions
was able to add to the general chaos. Then there was Gordon Prior, who after many years as a teacher,
is carving out a new career as an actor, often comical, no doubt to the incredulity of his former pupils!
After two hours, it was out into the snow, but nobody seemed to mind.
(Back row) Amanda, Chris, Mike, Gordon, Nigel, John
(Front row) Clive, Yvonne, Lester, Caroline