Out Of Order Theater Review
Ray Cooney's Out Of Order
I was lucky to get the chance to see Ray Cooney's latest show Out Of Order.
Starring Susie Amy from footballers wives, Sue Holderness who is known for her role in only fools and horses Marleen, Shaun Williamson is best known for his role in Eastenders (Barry), And James Holmes knew for being in Miranda.
Out of order is based in the Westminster Hotel,
The stage was set up as the hotel room rather spacious large lounge area, a small cloakroom bedroom and an ensuite. And a rather dodgy sash window and a balcony.
It was cleverly set up, the fluidity of the actors I think Jeffrey Harmer who played Richard ‘Dicky’ Willey did so well in remembering what he was transpiring to the audience.
I was half expecting him to get confused but did really well in keeping us all up with what was unraveling on stage, you see When Richard Willey (Jeffrey Harmer), a Government Junior Minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington (Susie Amy), one of the Opposition’s typists, in the Westminster Hotel, things go disastrously wrong - beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window.
Desperately trying to get out of an incredibly sticky situation, Richard calls for his secretary, George Pigden (Shaun Williamson) who, through Richard’s lies sinks further and further into trouble with everybody and ends up going through an identity crisis. Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Jane’s distraught young husband and with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter (James Holmes), a frustrated Hotel Manager (Arthur Bostrom), Mrs Willey (Sue Holderness) and Nurse Foster - things come to a head!
I found how they incorporated the latest Politicians and local area into the script cleaver and had the audience laughing, 'poor mayvey wavey’.
James Holmes was particularly amusing and reminded me of Manwell from Fawlty Towers in his ability to act dumb but sneakily clever as the show progressed ‘ah hem’.
Out Of order’s story line is cleverly constructed and has the odd ooh err moments and lots of giggles, I think the cast chosen were perfect and blended so well as a team even at difficult moments they still kept it going was cleverly portrayed.
I would Rate the show 4/5