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Ballarat National Theatre

Cast

Frank Foster Fred Fargher
Fiona Foster Jill Dunne
Bob Phillips John Daykin
Teresa Phillips Megan Cooper
William Featherstone David Glazebrook
Mary Featherstone Peppa Sindar

Pre-Production

Pre Production Yvonne & Ivan Downing, David Dusting, Tim Gay, Stewart Greedy,
Wendy Hall, Andrew Henwood, Brian McClelland, Tony McGuiness, 
James McLaren, Peter Nethercote, Julian Oldfield, Ken Prato, 
Hedley Thomson, Graham Walker, Michael Zala and Peter Zala.
Foyer Yvonne Downing and BNT Members
Photography Helen Irving
Graphic Design Peter Freund
Set Construction

Frank Lilley - ably assisted by...David Bradley, Fred Fargher,
Wendy Hall, Deb Hoskin, Tony McGuinness, Peter Nethercote,
Josh Noble, Matt Noble, Julian Oldfield, Megan Pinkerton,
Sophie Richardson, Val Sarah, Margaret Solomon, Graham Walker.

Production Credits

Directed by Julian Oldfield
Stage Manager Deb Hoskin
Crew David Bradley, Josh Noble,
Bronwyn Oldaker, Sophie Richardson
Lighting Frank, Kieran & Leon Hanrahan

Gallery

Dinner Party
Sitting Room
Telephones
John Megan
Peppaflipped
Crew 3

Review

Reviewer - Peter Freund

This is a very funny play given a very competent airing.
National Theatre's choice of Ayckbourn's 1970 farce, How The Other Half Loves with an experienced cast headed by Fred Fargher and Jill Dunne, gives Ballarat theatre-goers a great pre-Christmas outing.
It's well-paced and has good energy with a tangle of confusions erupting occasionally into farcical climax. It's complex and clever, as one might expect from an Ayckbourn comedy.

The stage simultaneously represents two houses.
It is the elegant home of Frank, a department head, and his wife Fiona and, at the same time, the chaotic apartment of his junior, Bob, his wife Teresa and their small child.
Each family uses its own furniture and, of course, telephone. It's all a contemporary spin on the farce door routines, but here, if people go out one door, they may well be coming back into another house altogether. Sound confusing?

In this carefully choreographed production, it's clear all the time what is happening, where, when and to whom. It starts with a little lie by Fiona, played by Jill Dunne with her usual poise and confidence, to Frank, played by Fred Fargher with great energy and comic verve, to cover her affair with Bob. Bob, a punchy, up-front John Daykin, also lies to his over-stressed wife Teresa, a feisty Megan Cooper. The web of deceit and confusion grows, tangling up as innocent victims the self- confident William, a relaxed performance from David Glazebrook, and his mousy wife, Mary, played meekly and engagingly by Peppa Sindar.
It all resolves with everyone a little the wiser.

Julian Oldfield has directed this challenging piece with his usual attention to detail and has recruited an efficient band of helpers to undertake the complex set changes, which are a performance in themselves. Lighting, set and costumes support the action well.