Noises Off

*********************Due to unforeseen circumstances Saturday night’s (1.04.2017) performance of ‘Noises Off’ by the Seumas O’Kelly players is cancelled. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.*****************************

Seamus O’Kelly Players presents


By Michael Fryan

A hilarious farce, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

Michael Frayn’s 1982 play ‘Noises Off’ falls under the concept of a ‘play within a play.’ Frayn’s play consists of a comedy titled ‘Nothin On,’ which is of the type where women run around in their underwear, old men lose their trousers, and doors are constantly being opened and shut by other characters. The play, ‘Nothin On,’ is set in a mill that has been converted to function as a modern dwelling that houses renters. All three acts of ‘Noises Off’ include at least one performance from ‘Nothing On.’ Frayn structured Act One of ‘Noises Off’ to begin with a dress rehearsal. The cast members are fumbling with their entrances and exits. They are missing their cues and lines and are having trouble with the props. In Act Two, relationships between cast members are deteriorating, leading to shenanigans created offstage. In Act Two, relationships are not resolved. By Act Three, the personal friction between cast members continues to increase and everyone wants to quit the play. By the end of ‘Noises Off,’ is the contrast between onstage activities and off-stage mishaps that makes the play comical.

Ainm/Name: Noises Off
Dataí/Dates: 30, 31 March & 1 April 2017

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