Alan Ayckbourn’s A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is a play within a play, a dark and intricate comedy, concerned with the Pendon’s Amateur Dramatics Society, situated in a smallish British town.
The actors life off stage is filled with clever political and business intrigue as well as sexual shenanigans and resultant jealousy.
Dafydd is the long-suffering theatre director who is an awful egomaniac. He spends fourteen weeks, slowly rehearsing an amateur production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.
Handsome widower Guy Jones joins his production in a small part and proves a hit in the bedroom with many of the predatory ladies in the cast, including Dafydd’s own ‘Swiss Army wife’, Hannah. Jones quickly is offered better and better roles, and finally gets the male lead.
This Ayckbourn play is similar in style to the Carry On movie romps. Emotional connections are presented with pantomimed forced kisses.
The play within a play features laugh-out-loud lines for each of the cast who all wear outrageous costumes,
The large ensemble cast has been expertly directed by Roz Riley,and the cast adroitly handle all the nuances and intricacies of Ayckbourn’s clever dialogue.
This was a very entertaining evening of adult comedy. Duration just under three hours with one interval.
A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is playing the Star Of The Sea Theatre at the junction of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly until Saturday 29th April.
For bookings visit http://www.factoryspace.org/