Past Shows

Information for Boeing Boeing (2017)

Boeing Boeing, was a Play directed by Kay Napier.

A comedy play by Marc Camoletti

Bernard is a Parisian businessman with not one, but three fiancees. All stunning, all air hostesses, all their names beginning with the letter G to avoid any slip ups. However, faster planes are being introduced on all three routes, and their schedules are changing rapidly... Will Bernard, with the help of his exhausted housekeeper Bertha and his friend Robert from Aix be able to keep the girls from meeting?

NODA Review and Other Comments

Review by Camilla Joyce ~ former Express & Echo newspaper Theatre Reviewer

What a hidden gem HATS theatre is. A renovated cinema tucked away in the heart of Holsworthy. A glowing beacon encapsulating community spirit. HATS building stands proudly, adorned with its personalised colours and logos and is like stepping back in time.

The magic continued inside the old fashioned theatre with its grandiose red seating. The buzz in the air was electric. As the luscious red velvet curtains parted in dramatic style audience were greeted with an impressive well-furnished set. Five doors in a semi-circle and an entrance hall made up the shell of the room; inside was a Globe drinks cabinet, chaise long, table and chair with other homely touches for Bernard’s Parisian flat.

It is amazing what can happen in a day! We follow one man’s journey as his meticulously organised life falls apart before his very eyes with hilarious consequences. Parisian love rat Bernard has the ‘perfect life’ – three beautiful air hostess fiancées with conflicting timetables, meaning he gets to see them all regularly without a worry of them ever meeting. However there is a new faster plane that comes crashing into his life shattering the fool proof schedule he so carefully follows.

Bernard has a surprise visit from his old friend Robert whom he quickly invites to stay, dragging him into his web of deceit. Alan Eyles (Bernard) and Stuart Davey (Robert) bounce off one another wonderfully in their panic at the women discovering each other. Stuart conveys the comedy in Marc Camoletti’s writing perfectly, adding humour to the most basic of line – transforming it from mundane to sublime.

Jodie Lawson’s entrance as German fiancée Gretchen was captivating – making the transition to bold physical comedy you would expect from a farce. All cast had excellent stage presence and suited their characters. They do well to hold audience attention throughout with the action centred around one room. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments hooking the audience from start to finish. Pacing was spot on giving light and shade to Camoletti’s wonderful comic writing.

Director Kay Napier cast Boeing Boeing perfectly and brought the timeless classic to life. It has a traditional feel, yet it is still relevant to modern life. Actresses Sarah Leach, Ellie Skuse and Jodie Lawson did well with ‘the accents’ for their characters, adding colour and depth to the piece. Occasionally some diction and volume was lost when accents were really heavy, but this was only slight and is an occupational hazard, only serving to add authenticity to the piece and their characterisations.

Team work really shone through as the whole thing was seamless – kudos to all backstage, front of house and onstage. Typically lasting the full two and a half hours one would hope from a night at the theatre; time flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, from the warm welcome at the venue, to the magical atmosphere in the auditorium and the fantastic performances. Highly recommend a trip to see Boeing Boeing while you can. It is on for 2 more nights only - tonight and tomorrow night at HATS theatre, Holsworthy.

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Cast, includes (amongst others)

Bernard: Alan Eyles
Gloria: Sarah Leach
Bertha: Terina Ellacott
Robert: Stuart Davey
Gabriella: Ellie Skuse
Gretchen: Jodie Lawson

Photos from Boeing Boeing

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