DOCTOR ON THE SPOT
KINROSS resident Gordon Park is appearing in a fast and frenetic farce at Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre this month.
Written by Ray Cooney and directed by Susan Vincent, It Runs In The Family is set in a hospital common room at Christmas and focuses on a self-important neurologist.
Played by Park, Dr Mortimore is just about to give the lecture of his career, which has a knighthood depending on it, when a former nurse bursts in with the news he is the father of a teenage son.
The emotionally unbalanced son, under arrest for drunk driving, is now in the hospital’s reception looking for his long-lost parent.
“Dr Mortimore knows if news about his son breaks out it will be the end of his marriage, his chances of aspiring to be head physician and the knighthood,” Park said.
“And so begins a frantic attempt to hide the facts from all those around him.”
Park said Limelight Theatre was keen to do another farce by Cooney after the success of last year’s production of Run For Your Wife.
“It Runs In The Family had a very successful run in London’s West End, so we felt it was the natural choice,” he said.
“Having worked with Susan Vincent before, I knew that with her great talent for directing comedy farces it would be a very funny and enjoyable production to be involved in.”
Other local actors include Woodvale’s Oliver Bourne who plays the son Leslie, Mindarie’s Peter Boylen, Burns Beach resident Chris Juckes and Catherine Dunn and Colleen Hopkins, of Kingsley.
Dr Mortimore (Gordon Park) with son Leslie (Oliver Bourne) and nurse Jane Tate (Fiona Forster).