The first three nights of Drama in the Parlour written by Alex Swan and performed in the parlour of the stencilled home have gone well. There was masses of laughter from the audience, the actors were on form, no one complained of the cold, flowers floated and candles flickered and generally a good time seemed to have been had by all.
Drama in the Parlour is a spoof radio show with an improvised play built around it. It is sponsored by the ficticious Fegwells Multi Restorative All Natural infallible Compound, which cures everything from gout to farmyard machinery. This is the second episode of the show, the first was performed in May 2010. The debut plot allowed Tilly the coat check girl to save the day when the train carrying singing sensation Viola Fontaine failed to reach our theatre. Tilly had been waiting years for the chance to have just one line in a radio drama and now she was to be the star of the show. Heck, it's radio, no one will see her...and what could go wrong?
Guest starring on the latest story is Margaret Frayne.
In real life Ms Frayne is a singer, actor and dancer with her own cabaret show. In Drama in the Parlour she plays Margaret 'Fluffy' Frayne. A pink and frilly lady, famous for her swoony love songs and 'the one about the cat'. She has also had 'a past' with one of the radio actors. All the cast are fans of Fluffy, especially Tilly. They are very excited to meet her. Again I ask..what could go wrong?
In reality Margaret was not able to attend rehearsals for Drama in the parlour, so when she stepped onto the stage to entertain the 'radio audience' it was the first time that the cast had seen her perform.
We recorded a jingle and a sketch about Fegwell's guide to marriage but I am not sure whether that was used. I will try their listen again feature in case I missed it. Our chat was played in the last five minutes of the program. The link will only be live for a few days I was in character for the interview so if anyone hears it who knows me, fear not I have not turned into a Grande Dame (yet). For those that don't know me I'm not as posh as I sound.
A few tickets are still available for Saturday 9th October. You can contact me or the drama in the parlour site or buy them from shops in Stocksfield.