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Warkworth Drama Group's latest production  - "Bedroom Farce" by Alan Ayckbourn'Jan and Nick played by Tracey Young and Colin Heathcote.
Warkworth Drama Group's latest production - "Bedroom Farce" by Alan Ayckbourn'Jan and Nick played by Tracey Young and Colin Heathcote.

As the title of Warkworth Drama Group’s latest production suggests, there’s plenty of bedroom action for the audience to enjoy.

Bedroom Farce, an Alan Ayckbourn comedy, will be staged over three evenings later this month.

Some of the cast members of Warkworth Drama Group's latest production  - "Bedroom Farce" by Alan Ayckbourn

Some of the cast members of Warkworth Drama Group's latest production - "Bedroom Farce" by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Ralph Firth, the play centres on four couples and three bedrooms.

At the beginning of the play, the oldest couple, Delia and Ernest, are getting ready to go out for a meal to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Malcolm and Kate, the youngest couple, are about to host a housewarming party, to which the other two couples, Jan and Nick and Susannah and Trevor (the only ones whose bedroom is not seen), have been invited.

At the last minute, Nick has hurt his back and is unable to go.

The complicating factor is that Jan used to be Trevor’s girlfriend, and after Susannah and Trevor have a blazing row, Susannah finds him kissing Jan.

As a result Susannah leaves the party and goes to visit Delia and Ernest, whose connection with the rest of the plot is that they are Trevor’s parents. She ends up sharing Delia’s bed, while Ernest is forced to sleep in the spare room.

Meanwhile Trevor himself, feeling unable to go home, is also offered a bed in a spare room by Kate, but decides to go and ‘straighten things out’ with Nick and Jan, leaving Kate waiting up for him.

Eventually Trevor and Susannah seem to be reconciled, but at the end of the play the audience might doubt whether this state of affairs will last.

With a dash of DIY disasters and unwanted bedfellows, the comic action comes thick and fast in the two-act play.

First staged in 1975 at the Library Theatre in Scarborough where Ayckbourn was artistic director, it featured such acting luminaries as Michael Gough, Joan Hickson, Michael Kitchen, Maria Aitken and Stephen Moore.

The Warkworth production takes place at the village’s Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26.

Performances begin at 7.30pm. A licensed bar will be available.

Tickets are £6 from Warkworth Village Store and N&F Young of Amble or on www.warkworthdrama.org.uk