A Flea in her Ear

by Georges Feydeau translated by John Mortimer

directed by Kenneth Spencer

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre

on

Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th September 1972

Cast in order of appearance
Camille Chandebise Ray Green
Antoinette Plucheux Sheila Young
Etienne Plucheux Geoffrey Wharam
Dr. Finache David Bartlett
Lucienne Homenides de Histangua Joy Steele
Raymonde Chandebise Mollie Manns
Victor Emmanuel Chandebise Graham Buchanan
Romain Tournel Richard Bowen
Carlos Homenides de Histangua Kenneth Spencer
Eugenie Ann Kitchen
Augustin Feraillon David Jupp
Olympe Sylvia Sherlock
Baptistin Peter Whiite
Herr Schwarz Michael Shailer
Poche Graham Buchanan
Guests at the Hotel Coq D'Or Sheila Chitnis, Harry Manns, Una Tompkins, Terence Pring

For the Maskers:
Directed by Kenneth Spencer
Technical Director Keith Hooper
Stage Manager John Schwiller
Production Assistants Ronald Avery, Bob Hart, Graham Barnes, Ron Tillyer, John Riggs, Roger Lockett, Karen Bartlett, David Cooke
Set design, construction and decor Kenneth Spencer, John Schwiller
Costume hire Bristol Old Vic
Wardrobe Mistress Serena Brown
Lighting Design Derek Jones
Lighting and Sound Bill Sloman
Properties Angela Stephens

The Southampton Echo wrote:

The Maskers, no slouches when it comes to handling difficult material, are tackling one of the most difficult forms of theatre -- farce -- at the Nuffield Theatre this week.
One of the city's busiest amateur dramatic societies, the Maskers are presenting the classic Feydeau farce "A Flea in her Ear". An enterprise which could easily have left them flat on their faces, but after their exhilarating production of "Taming of the Shrew" earlier in the year they could hardly step backwards. Being of a literal turn of mind, farces, with their improbable misunderstandings used to irritate me. they have become an acquired taste. Done well they can be a joy of sheer technique. In "Flea" there is no shortage of unlikely blunders: doors to bang, or bedrooms to enter by mistake. It is when the doors really start swinging in the second act that Ken Spencer's fast-paced direction becomes almost a bit too hysterical.

Ken Spencer also takes the part of the jealous Spanish husband, De Histangua, one of the many performances from the men that make the production so lively. First and foremost there is Graham Buchanan (who directed "Shrew") in the double role of a moral, upright and priggish husband, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise and as the coarse drunken porter Poche. He alternates between the two with ease and at times his gestures and expressions are comic genius. Then there is Ray Green as Camille Chandebise who makes us laugh with him. Richard Bowen is the terribly nice languid lover, Tournel; Michael Shailer is the stilted German forever losing his girls at the vital moment; Peter White is an old servant in the hotel (sounding like a cross between Marty Feldman and the Goons), and David Bartlett is the over-rational Dr Finache. A production well worth seeing.

Jasmine Profit

 

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Mollie Manns, ??
Joy Steele, Ken Spencer
Joy Steele, ???
Ray Green and Jane O'Sullivan???
Ray Green?? and David Bartlett
Graham Buchanan and Mollie Manns
Ray Green and Jane O'Sullivan???
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