Lots of Funny Business in Pahiatua
Rehearsals are well underway for the Pahiatua Repertory Society’s May production of Funny Business, written by Derek Benfield and directed by Ngaire Ngatuere.
This adult British bedroom farce is the riotous sequel to the very successful and well received comedy Bedside Manners, which was presented at the Pahiatua Regent Theatre in 2010.
‘‘The cast and crew are putting a huge amount of time and effort into learning the script and movement,’’ Ngaire says.
‘‘I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience of directing a talented cast of six, who often have me in fits of laughter with their comical expressions and fast-paced delivery.’’
But despite the hard work they’re having a lot of fun, she says.
The storyline follows Ferris who agrees to look after his sister’s slightly run-down hotel in her absence. He doesn’t anticipate the arrival of a notorious journalist who writes a critical column for a Sunday newspaper and is there in disguise to critique the hotel.
Ferris also doesn’t anticipate the journalist’s arrival will coincide with a visit to the hotel from a variety of guests, all with guilty secrets.
The fun starts when Ferris gets caught up in a series of lies and misunderstandings as he tries to protect the reputation of the hotel – a task made more difficult by the fact that he doesn’t know which of guests is the journalist.
‘‘ Funny Business is a famous British farce that’s been appreciated throughout the world,’’ Ngaire comments.
‘‘The audience will be thoroughly amused and entertained by the antics of the cast and will enjoy the intrigue of not knowing the identity of the journalist until the very end.’’
Get your laughing gear together for Funny Business, onstage for seven performances from Thursday May 19 to 28 in the Regent Downstairs Theatre, Pahiatua.
Michael Moran, Talitha Vandenberg and Graeme Vial rehearse a scene from Pahiatua Repertory’s comedy Funny Business.