It Runs in the Family
By Ray Cooney
6 - 11 December, 2010
Matron not Leslie gets tranquilised on the window ledge
Matron not happy Dr Bonney slapped her bottom
Granny is very happy to have an unexpected grandson
Dr Bonney wonders if the day can get any worse
Dr. David Mortimore, a married neurologist with racked nerves, is warming up for a career-making lecture when in bursts Jane Tate (once Nurse Tate) with the reasons for her hasty departure 18 years and 9 months ago. Forthwith, one character after another is bounding through doors that swing or slam in the doctors’ lounge at St. Andrew’s Hospital in London, and some are even crawling along the snowy ledge outside.
Hello, and welcome to our Christmas play.
What could be more appropriate for the Festive
Season than a comedy by the splendid RAY
COONEY. His plays are always entertaining
and this is no less so – fast and furious, we
have our excellent cast whizzing about the
stage from start to finish.
Set in the doctors’ common room just a few days before Christmas, “It Runs in the Family” beautifully entangles family shocks, a neurologists’ convention, the hospital pantomime and dotty patients.
I am delighted to be directing this wonderful farce and I have a fantastic cast and crew to help it along. They have all been working very hard (tiring stuff, rehearsing this type of play) and we have also had much hilarity along the way. I am particularly grateful to my excellent Stage Manager, Pam Heywood (her first for BLT) who has painstakingly written down all the moves when people have been absent, and also the versatile Stephen Mason (my ASM) who has stood in for those missing from rehearsals (always more at this time of year, with company dinners, golf club dinners, yacht club dinners, carol concerts etc, etc …..) – I shan’t be surprised if some of the costumes need letting out !!
It has been nice to have some family links backstage as well (with it being called “It Runs in the Family”) – we have Jim and Rosie Brooks in it and also the family Holbrough involved – Phil playing Dr David Mortimore, his mother Joann doing the wardrobes and father Graeme holding the purse-strings and helping build the set.
We are delighted to welcome newcomer Rachel Shimbles as Jane
Tate and I am especially grateful to Stephen Blundell and Elizabeth
Poynter for joining us at late notice (two-and-a-half weeks into
rehearsal in Elizabeth’s case).
So, get ready for an entertaining evening – just sit back, relax and enjoy “It Runs in the Family”.
Cheerio and Merry Christmas!!