It seems that many at Ifield Barn remember and feel an affection for the two 1960’s ‘Guesthouse’ plays written by Margaret Graham – Miniskirts & Revelations (2013) and its sequel Flowery Shirts & Strange Relations (2015). They were performed to full houses and each gained a NODA award.
We saw in Flowery Shirts that the Mum, Chris, was sloping off to the village hall to play the lead in Rita’s Revenge (she thought ‘Grandma’ wouldn’t approve). At home Chris secretly rehearsed with lodger Ivan, holding a realistic-looking play book. Margaret had mocked up this prop – the back cover complete with summary and accolades.
Later some of the cast told her that they liked the look of the play and asked “Can we do it?” They took some convincing that the play didn’t actually exist! However, a few continued to nag Margaret for years until, after Benches (2017), she finally gave in and wrote it. The result is that this October (2nd to 5th) Margaret and Co-Director Joy Buchan intend to lift Autumn spirits with a flavour of late 1960s attitudes, music, fashions- and hopefully some good old belly-laughs.
Rita’s Revenge is partly a spin-off from Margaret Graham’s ‘guesthouse’ plays, but if you haven’t seen them, don’t worry – it stands firmly in its own right too.
We will be following Chris/Rita and her fellow cast members through their chaotic rehearsals under the eccentric and bossy director, Mrs James …
… Will precious, method-actor Tim manage to embrace the role of
dastardly Raymond Brillianteen?
Who is Dot/Glamorous Gloria pulling apart behind the scenes?
What ludicrous excuse will Fred next send to explain his absence?
Will Mrs James manage to control her temper and resist that shocking expletive right to the end?
… And what is that weird-looking pastry on the poster all about?
Book early and see for yourself.
Slight warning: Rita’s Revenge is a cheeky comedy containing some ‘language’.