Theatre’s fine farce
Illicit affairs, dodgy scheming, murder and the odd yak attack all come together in the Fine Thyme Theatre Company’s upcoming play beginning later this month. Death and Taxes, written by April Phillips and directed by Jane Preston, will be performed by eight of the Cromwell-based theatre company’s members, with at least 18 other members working behind the scenes. Production manager Kerry Horsnell said the play was a farcical comedy set in a life insurance company, featuring lots of hilarity and clever one-liners. The play had also been adapted slightly to include several references to Cromwell, which helped make it more identifiable for the local audience, she said. The cast, which ranged in age from 18 to mid-60s, had been rehearsing twice a week for the past three months and were looking forward to opening night. The Fine Thyme Theatre Company was this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. The group tried to perform either a play or a musical each year and some years it performed both, she said. And while the company always had a good response from the public to its plays, the community seemed to particularly enjoy the musicals with, on average, 200 people attending them each night.
Thespians: Taking time out from rehearsals were the cast of the Fine Thyme Theatre Company’s playDeath andTaxes. Clockwise from bottom left: Leigh-Anne Fox, Kelley Keenan, Ray Ashley, Amelia Fox, Bruce McPherson, Liz Harris, Carla Creighton and Glenys Warhurst.