Comedy, especially farce is a huge ask of any company, so full credit must go to Newport Playgoers in the capable hands of director Rosie Bissex for successfully pulling off Ray Cooney’s demanding stage play, Out of Order.
With little sign of opening night nerves, a small, yet talented cast keep up a frantic pace, with one-liners delivered perfectly to cue.
The action surrounds suave junior minister, Richard Willey,(Lyndon House) and his plan for a night of passion with typist Jane Worthington (Abbie Thomas) in the fateful suite 648 at the ‘Westminster Hotel’ A loose sash window behaves impeccably to trap and stun various visitors to the suite, as partners, waiters and nurses arrive to add confusion to the deceit.
Lyndon House illustrates Richard’s growing alarm with panache and matters worsen with hilarity when he involves his Parliamentary Secretary George Pigden, played with hapless perfection by Eamonn Corbett.
Paul Howells’ growing exasperation as the hotel manager innocently caught up in the confusion is a joy to witness, this comedy only intensified by the comings and goings of waiter, Chris Bissex, who is mercilessly compounding the situation to build up his hush money.
Add a wife ( Caroline Mitchell) an angry husband (Jes Hynes) and a corpse (Nathan Hodge) to the mix and the true farce is complete.
Don’t miss it, it runs until Saturday.