Ballarat National Theatre

Say Who You Are

The authors of that smash hit 'Billy Liar' moved up the social scale for this Drawing-Room Comedy. When the play premiered, with celebrated comedy film and television stars Ian Carmichael and Patrick Cargill in the cast, it became London's biggest comedy success for years. A public phone booth is an important member of the cast - hence the title.

Every Friday evening Sarah lends her apartment to her friend Valerie so that Valerie's married lover - Stuart - can visit her there. All quite straightforward except that Sarah's husband David doesn't know about the arrangement or that Valerie pretends to Stuart that she is a married woman, married in fast to David. So that when one Friday evening.. . . . .??



David Lord Peter Nethercote
Sarah Lord Peppa Sindar
Stuart Wheeler Hedley Thomson
Valerie Pitman Julie Porter


Set Construction Frank Lilley - ably assisted by...
David Bradley, Ivan & Yvonne Downing,
Fred Fargher, Wendy Hall, Tony McGuinness,
Peter Nethercote, Josh & Matt Noble,
Julian Oldfield, Megan Pinkerton, Ken Prato,
Val Sarah, Andrew Seeary, Margaret Solomon,
Graham Walker, Peter Zala.
Foyer Yvonne Downing and BNT Members
Photography Helen Irving
Graphic Design Peter Freund


Production Credits

Directed by Julian Oldfield
Stage Manager Sally Read with
Bruce Eldridge & Jess Gordon
Lighting Frank, Kieran & Leon Hanrahan




Reviewer- John Poliness


Most of us are familiar with Billy Liar the very .successful comedy of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. Ballarat National Theatre chose the next big success of these playwrights, Say Who You Are, to open its 2003 season. This drawing-room comedy introduces us to David and Sarah, a married couple, Sarah's friend Valerie, and Valerie's married lover, Stuart. The mix-ups that occur when Valerie uses her friend's apartment for her liaisons with Stuart provide the plot for this clever and funny farce.

There are excellent performances from the cast of four. Peter Nethercote and Hedley Thomson are, of course, well known to Ballarat audiences. We saw Peppa Sindar last year in How The Other Half Loves and Julie Porter makes her debut with the National Theatre. Director Julian Oldfield is again responsible for a National Theatre success. His production proceeds at a rapid pace and he makes the most of the play's many comic events. The set – the living room, as well as the apartment's life, the neighbouring pub and the public phone box- is cleverly devised and adds to this lively production.