National Operatic &
- Philip King's Comedy 'See How they Run'
Please note we are having a read through of this brilliant comedy/ farce this coming Sunday 12th May at 6pm in Felpham Village Hall.
See How They Run is an English comedy in three acts by Philip King. Its title is a line from the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice". It is considered a farce for its tense comic situations and headlong humour, heavily playing on mistaken identity, doors, and vicars.
No production dates or selection of a Director have yet taken place and it is not an audition but a play reading for all to join in that some have expressed interest in doing and if we could garner enough interest then we will do it!
Do come along and join us at the read through - it should be fun and we will lay on some nibbles and beverages to make up for missing evensong!
Synopsis - See How They Run
By Philip King
The lead character is Penelope Toop, former actress and now wife of the local vicar, the Rev. Lionel Toop. The Toops employ Ida, a Cockney maid.
Skillon, a churchgoer of the parish and a scold, arrives
on bicycle to gossip with the vicar and to complain
about the latest 'outrages' that Penelope has caused.
The vicar then leaves for the night, and an old friend
of Penelope's, Lance-Corporal
Just before they set out, Penelope and Clive re-enact a fight scene from "Private Lives" and accidentally knock Miss Skillon (who has come back unannounced) unconscious. Miss Skillon, wrongly thinking she has seen Lionel fighting with Penelope, gets drunk on a bottle of cooking sherry and Ida hides her in the broom cupboard. Then Lionel, arriving back, is knocked silly by anIntruder on the run, who takes the vicar's clothes as a disguise.
To add to the confusion, both Penelope's uncle, the Bishop of Lax, and the real Humphrey unexpectedly show up early. Chaos quickly ensues, culminating in a cycle of running figures and mistaken identities. In the end, a Police Sergeant arrives in search of the spy to find four suspects, Lionel, Clive, Humphrey and the Russian, all dressed as clergy.
No one can determine the identity of the spy (or anyone else for that matter) and the Russian is almost free when he is revealed and foiled by the quick work of Clive and Ida. The scene calms down as the sergeant leads the spy away and Humphrey leaves. Miss Skillon emerges from the closet, and she, the Bishop and Lionel demand an explanation. Penelope and Clive begin to explain in two-part harmony, getting up to the scene from "Private Lives," when Miss Skillon again manages to catch a blow in the face. She falls back into Ida's arms as the curtain falls.
CAST 6m, 3f
IDA - a maid.
THE REVEREND LIONEL TOOP
PENELOPE TOOP - Reverend Toop's wife.
CORPORAL CLIVE WINTON
THE BISHOP OF LAX
THE REVEREND ARTHUR HUMPHREY