It’s a farce in Knebworth

The cast of KATS' production of Noises Off. Back row (left to right): Graham Dormer, Chris Simson, I

The cast of KATS' production of Noises Off. Back row (left to right): Graham Dormer, Chris Simson, Ieuan Willoughby, Stephen Magona, Frances Farrugia and Lynsey Gammage. Seated: Margaret Webb and Helene Jewitt - Credit: Archant

Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society presents hilarious farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn at the Village Hall until Saturday.

Have you ever been intrigued by what really goes on behind the scenes while the actors are on stage?

Writer Michael Frayn was inspired enough by real life theatrical shenanigans to write this glorious farce.

It’s a complicated dance of a piece, starting with a minuet of haplessness and gathering pace into a quickstep of catastrophes.

The play is about a touring rep company and the audience first meet the cast of ‘Nothing On’ during their final rehearsal, as they fluff and stutter their way through the preposterous and implausible sardine-strewn Brian Rix-like farce and watch as the dynamics of the group becoming increasingly strained over the following weeks.

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Alcoholism, jealousy, pomposity and a love triangle are just some of the human frailties playing themselves out.

Director Jo Simson said: “This is the funniest play I have seen.

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“I like it so much I go to see it whenever it is on in my area.

“However, it is also the most challenging play KATS have ever put on – and we like a challenge.

“Getting multiple plates of sardines in the right place at the right time has been confusing to say the least.

“Not to mention bottles of whisky and telephones.

“Oh, and the identical flight bags and boxes.

“Then there is the set, which has to be turned around between Act 1 and Act 2, and back again between Act 2 and Act 3.

“If you want to know what I am talking about, come and see it. We guarantee you a hysterical evening.”

Noises Off can be seen at Knebworth Village Hall until Saturday, November 22.

Performances start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm.

There is a licensed bar, but please note, sardines will not be provided by the management.

Tickets cost £7, and £6 concessions.

They are available from Jo Simson on 01438 814166 or 07952 199183, or at Village News, in Station Road.

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