ARCHIVE - PAST EVENT
By Michael Frayn
Fine performances across the boardâ€¦ went down a storm with the audienceâ€¦ the sets are things of highly detailed beauty (indeed, they draw applause), which only confirms oneâ€™s sense that Noises Off is the perfect play for PFT.
Brilliantly executed artifice
Looking for a recipe for disaster? Try this. Take one tired old sex farce called Nothing On. Add one group of volatile, ill-matched thespians; a perpetually put-upon Assistant Stage Manager; a sleep-deprived techie; and a director who knows a turkey when he sees it â€“ and how to stuff it. Mix well, place on a set that defies the laws of physics, then send it out on a twelve week shoestring tour of some of Britainâ€™s less salubrious theatrical venues . . .
And then, at the final, climactic performance, just when the cast thought their nightmare was about to end, every single thing that can go wrong, does â€“ prompting a final, frantic, feverish attempt to put matters right . . .
A night of sheer lunacy which cannot fail to have patrons sore with laughter.
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"â€¦ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.