Overview


Synopsis

Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!


Characters

Male

Supporting

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
3 Acts
First Produced
1982
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
england, a provincial theatre, onstage, backstage
Cast Size
Licensor
Ideal For
professional / regional theatre, community theatre, college / university theatre, high school theatre, strong ensemble
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, young adult, elderly characters

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