shows: Tugun tackles George, Mildred and second honeymoons
F ANS of British sitcom characters George and Mildred can look forward to a trip down memory lane when Tugun Theatre Company opens its season of When The Cat’s Away at Tugun Village Community Centre tonight.
Directed by Brenda Warren, the stage comedy was specially written by John Moritmer and Brian Cooke for Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce, who played the titular characters on their long-running George and Mildred TV series.
A spin-off from Man About the House, George and Mildred followed the trials of ill-matched married couple George and Mildred Roper. The popular series aired in the UK from 1976 to 1979.
Originally titled George and Mildred, the stage play was renamed When the Cat’s Away after Joyce died suddenly in 1980.
When The Cat’s Away’s storyline follows Mildred as she tries to arrange a second honeymoon to France – much to George’s horror. When George puts his foot down and refuses to go, Mildred decides to invite her sister, Ethel.
The sisters head off to France, but it isn’t long before Ethel’s ex-husband, Humphrey, lands George in trouble on a night out on the town with his girlfriend and her pal.
Tugun’s season of When The Cat’s Away stars Jody Goodman as Mildred, Jim Fury as George, Libby Bancroft as Ethel, Thian Sykes as Humphrey, Gai Byrne as Jennifer and Rianna Hartney-Smith as Shirley.
Warren, who has been performing and directing productions for Tugun Theatre Company since 1972, says the slickly-written farce provides plenty of great laughs.
‘‘The audience will walk out with a smile on their face. The actors are very good. They are all experienced,’’ she says.
plays Tugun Village Community Centre Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm from tonight until February 23, with 2pm matinees on Saturday and February 16.
Jim Fury, as George, finds himself in a jam in Tugun Theatre Company’s latest comedy,
Gai Byrne, as Jennifer, and Thian Sykes as Humphrey in