It should be a relaxing holiday on the Italian Riviera, but when the guests are incompatible, the tour guide and assistant are incompetent, the manager prefers flirtatious wine-tasting and the baggage-handlers are on strike, the only certainty is that chaos will reign!
Simon Goodison was very entertaining as the blustering Brigadier while Julia Piper was excellent as his scathing wife, and Julie Bowring’s derisive one-liners – particularly against her sister – were deliciously wicked. Richard Calver was outstanding as the ineffectual guide, switching effortlessly between physical and verbal comedy.
Mistakes are not necessarily detrimental to a performance. The pace only stalled when the prompt was used, but when the actors used their initiative and improvised, it added to the audience’s appreciation; the colour-coded map scenario almost brought down the house!
This wasn't a perfect production, but it achieved what bigger and slicker comedies have failed to do: it was hilariously funny!
The Daily Echo, Friday, November 16, 2007
|Audrey Hubback||Julia Piper|
|Brigadier Hubback||Simon Goodison|
|Agatha Hepworth||Julie Bowring|
|Fiona Francis||Jean Bowden|
|Julian Whittle||Richard Calver|
|Mario Marcello||Dave Bunyan|
Set in an hotel on the Italian Riviera, the combination of holidaymakers from hell, a baggage-handlers’ strike, a drunken manager and a pretty assistant, not to mention an inefficient tour guide, becomes the catalyst for two days of absolute chaos.
|Assistant Director||Joyce Woodhead|
|Lighting and Sound||Peter Taylor|
|Set Building Advisor||Sarah O’Connor|
|Front of House Manager||Brenda Jolly|
|Box Office||Martin James|