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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!



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Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1982
Genres
Comedy, Farce
Time & Place
the grand theatre in weston-super-mare, theatre royal in ashton-under-lyne, municipal theatre in stockton-on-tees
Ideal For
ensemble cast

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