A Small Affair
by Bob Larbey
14/15 June, 2008
Felpham Village Hall
|Judy||Stage Manager||Sandy Knight|
|Harriet||RT Reporter||Katherine Taylor|
|Mrs Web||Game Show Contestant||Renee Kramer|
|Mrs Hodge||Game Show Contestant||Di Hiblen|
|Mrs Platt||Game Show Contestant||Chrissie Lester|
|Ron||Security Officer||Chris Armstead|
|Stevie||Director of Game Show||Lucinda Dearlove|
|Sally||Asst. to Head of Admin||Kate Ogle|
|Head of Drama||John Covey|
|Directed by||Peter Green|
A Small Affair is a one act play which is a very funny expose of the broadcasting business.
6 plays are being rehearsed in a television drama department and the play focuses on one of the plays being directed by Guy "the ultimate triumph of the human spirit" which is beset by problems - the cast are shunted into a small room as space is at a premium with all the other plays being rehearsed at the same time and there are some problematic actors and actresses - an over acting leading lady fresh from Hollywood and demanding star status from the fawning director, a sozzled actor and a maintenance man intent on fixing things and at the same time passing on his comments about the play rehearsal.
The cast also find their rehearsal space double booked and this brings the cast into loggerheads with the director and contestants in a 'Make a Fool of Yourself' game show rehearsal.
By the time the Head of Drama appears the comedy has turned into farce and it is the Head who has to tell the embattled cast some grave news that is disappointing to some and a great relief to others!
The play was specially written for the Ockley Drama Society by Bob Larbey, author of the play 'A Month of Sundays' that we staged in June 2007.
Bob Larbey started his career in collaboration with John Esmonde with 'Room at the Bottom' in 1966 and went on to co-create one of the most successful ITV comedies ever 'Please Sir'. Success continued at the BBC with 'The Good Life', 'Ever Decreasing Circles' and 'Brush Strokes'. Other classics such as 'A Fine Romance' and 'As Time Goes By' number amongst his solo work.
Photographs kindly provided by Chris Armstead and Alex Marner