Not Now Darling: March 1983
By Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Players delight audience
Putting on a well-known comedy in a small theatre can be a tricky business, but the Sheringham Players managed to delight the audience on Wednesday week.
Despite first-night nerves at the start, the Ray Cooney and John Chapman play "Not Now Darling" soon developed into its fast-moving farcical intrigue.
The plot was an improbable concoction of wives, mistresses. lovers and fur coats set in a fashionable salon in the West End.
David Long played Gilbert Bodley - the man at the centre of the tangled web of deceit - and he gave a fine performance as the smooth-talking man of the world. IJohn Meikle, as Arnold Crouch, was his unwilling partner in crime.
Fiona Croxon as Bodley's somewhat greedy lover was suitably sultry - often adorned in no more than a fur coat - while Joyce Harvey, played by Sue Lawson, played her part as the wet secretary perfectly.
The rest of the cast, in particular Joan Spall, Mike Thame and Peggy Francis, all added their talents to produce a well-finished and highly enjoyable play.
Credit should also go to producer Christopher Lea and to the team responsible for the set and lighting. The play ran until Saturday night.
S. D. H.
Scroll down for photos, cast and crew.
|Arnold Crouch: John Meikle||Producer: Christopher Lea|
|Miss Whittingham: June Cooper||Prompt: Eileen Richardson|
|Miss Tipdale: Joan Spall||Props: Dorothy Williamson|
|Mrs. Frencham: Pauline Shewell||Set: members and friends|
|Gilbert Bodley: David Long||Electrician: John Avery|
|Commander Frencham: David Bentley|
|Harry McMichael: Mike Thame|
|Janie McMichael: Fiona Croxton|
|Sue Lawson: Joyce Harvey|
|Maude Bodley: Peggy Francis|
|Mr. Lawson: Graham Shewell|