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There’s a farce on Canvey
A MARATHON readathon formed the first stage of Cast & Crew's 2012 summer production.
Director David Smith read 23 different farces and comedies before decisively settling for Holiday Snap, by John Chapman and Michael Pertwee.
“It was just the funniest of the 23,” he says. “I laughed and laughed, and then the cast found it hilarious when they read it, and we’ve gone on laughing through rehearsals. We know the audience is going to do the same.
“In particular, there is one scene, involving fruit, where there’s a real problem for the actors to keep a straight face. There’s also some great comedy business based on the inability of English people abroad to speak the language, and the misunderstandings that result from wrong translations.”
Holiday Snap is a fast-moving, classic farce from 1977, based on an experience familiar to most people
at one time or another – holiday chaos. Set in a timeshare villa in sun-drenched Portugal, the farce depicts the mounting anarchy that results from a double-bookings, the result of the manager’s myopia. Cue all the classic ingredients of farce, including mistaken identity, men losing their trousers and a rampant mother-in-law.
The Canvey-based Cast & Crew will perform Holiday Snap on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at 7.45pm at St Nicholas Church Hall, Long Road, Canvey. Tickets £6 (concessions £4).