By David Hill
The charming ecclesiastical farce I’ll Get My Man, written by Philip King and directed by Peter Edwards, opens in the Rangiora Players’ Little Theatre, at Northbrook Studios, Northbrook Road, for a two-week season on September 5.
Set in the 1960s, the Rev Arthur Humphrey’s quiet country life is turned upside-down when his TV-star nephew Peter Graham arrives from the city, escaping a horde of fanatical female fans, including the irrepressible popstar Pixie Potter, who wants to get her man.
But Humphrey is also facing the impending dismissal of his only ally, the cook and housekeeper Mrs Carter, who has been fired by his domineering sister Harriette.
Humphrey’s solution, advertising for female companionship, only escalates his troubles when he forgets to add the word marriage, triggering a tsunami of correspondence from his own passionate followers.
And with the arrival of the dignified Bishop of Lax, the peaceful life and wholesome reputation of the vicarage, and indeed the entire village of Stebbington-Fawley, are about to be torn apart.
For Peter Edwards, the play is a delight to direct.
“It’s so well written. There’s loads of action and great characters.”
In fact, nine actors are engaged in teasing the finer aspects from the full gamut of eccentric personalities the audience would expect in a classic British farce.
“The cast is working very hard and everyone’s taking on their character brilliantly. Were all determined to give the audience a fantastic show,” he says.
I’ll Get My Man opens on Wednesday, September 5, at 7.30 pm, and runs for two weeks, Wednesday to Saturday. The second week performance are September 12 to 15.
There are also matinees on Saturday, September 8 and 15, at 1.30pm. Tickets are $25 online from rangioraplayers.org.nz or over the counter from Stan’s 7 Day Pharmacy at 15 Ashley Street, Rangiora, phone (03) 3138280, or visit the Kaiapoi i-SITE visitor centre at 143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, phone (03) 3273134.