Lots of Funny Busi­ness in Pahiatua

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - MAL­COLM HOPWOOD

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.

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