Paul Brown directed the Autumn 1998 production, the very funny play by Peter Gordon, Out of Focus
An unfortunate over-booking of the Church Hall results in a gathering of a wonderful mix of local characters, ranging from Evonne, the nervous Vicar's wife, to Leonard, a man intent on delivering a talk on steam locomotives to anyone who will listen.
Helen has arrived at the Church Hall with her troupe of terrorising Brownies in tow. Kath and Bob arrive ready for their planned badminton game amidst their own marital quarrels about Bob’s secretary Linda, who also arrives ready to play, with ladies’ man Wayne not far behind. David and Sue show up for the big game even though Leonard insists he has booked the hall for an illustrated talk on steam locomotives and Evonne is certain she has arranged for the rehearsal of her very first pantomime. Confusion reigns until everyone finally unites for a common cause, the production of the pantomime. Over the coming weeks, alliances are formed and switched as they all battle against the odds and the opening night nears. Bob and Kath’s marital troubles continue, with Linda in the middle. Helen, in between staging walk-outs, is in pursuit of David, although he only has eyes for Sue. Wayne is out to impress anyone who will listen, while Leonard rapidly bores everybody into submission. Events finally culminate during Leonard’s talk at the final night party, when Evonne finds her confidence, Helen her come-uppance and everyone else receives their just desserts.
Evonne Duckworth - Hilary Horne
Bob Enfield - Dave Bowden
Kath Enfield - Eve Berry
Helen Beever - Tish Marshall
Linda Hammond - Catherine Everitt
Wayne Bryant - Nick Wyse
David Wright - Vic Berry
Sue Dixon - Pia Obank
Leonard Trotter - Andrew MacTavish
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