FDS - Present Laughter poster

Present Laughter

A comedy by Noel Coward
Thursday 1 November 2012 - Saturday 3 November 2012
Faringdon Junior School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY
Directed by Jeff Barry
Producer: Jo Webster

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets: Adult £8. Child (under 16) £6. No concessions. Tickets were available from our Online Box Office and The Nut Tree, 2 Cornmarket, Faringdon.


The plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his fear of middle-age (he has recently turned forty) and, by implication, his impending mid-life crisis. The story was described by Coward as “a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics”.

More info? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Present_Laughter


Photographs by Paul Mountford-Lister

Cast (in order of appearance):

Daphne Stillington - Jayne Isham
Miss Erikson - Joan Lee
Fred - Austen Roberts
Monica Reed - Janie Eyre-Brook
Garry Essendine - Peter McGurk
Liz Essendine - Amanda Linstead
Roland Maule - Simon Potter
Henry Lyppiat - Richard Lock
Morris Dixon - John Sudworth
Joanna Lyppiat - Karen Irving
Lady Saltburn - Carolyn Taylor

See programme for further details.

Production No.171 (3 shows were performed over 3 days)