Review: Grantham cast carries off cheeky farce with aplomb

The cast of Out of Order
The cast of Out of Order
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Grantham Dramatic Society’s latest stage show at the Guildhall Arts Centre is a timely political comedy which brings to mind the hi-jinks and sometimes farcical goings-on ahead of next week’s General Election.

GDS are staging Out of Order, a farce by Ray Cooney which tells the story of a junior minister who is having an affair with a secretary from the opposition. His attempts to arrange a night with her at a Westminster hotel soon become complicated and, of course, things don’t go to plan.

Out of Order.

Out of Order.

The cast carried it off well despite the obvious first-night jitters and some necessary prompting. Paul Meakin, chairman of GDS, plays Richard ‘Dickey’ Willey, with plenty of confidence which is clearly a boost for the cast members.

Tony Lane stands out as the put-upon minster’s aide. Put in endless tricky situations by his boss, Tony produces many of the laughs with a limitless supply of facial expressions. His character never stops moving with a constant nervous shuffling about the stage and his reactions to all the madness going on around him were a delight.

Suzanne Stevens takes on a brave role as Jane Worthington, the secretary, who must spend most of the first half of the show in her underwear.

William Clamp and Gail Meakin are required to show some brief nudity as they leave the stage. Very cheeky! And Simon Johnson takes on one of the most difficult roles as a ‘dead’ body! He manages to stay still for a very long time.

Out of Order continues tonight and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9/£8. Book at the box office (Tel: 01476 406158) or go to www.guildhallartscentre.com