FDS - Side Effects poster

Side Effects

A comedy by Eric Chappell
Wednesday 18 May 2016 - Saturday 21 May 2016
Buscot Park Theatre, Lechlade Road, Buscot SN7 8BU
Directed by Debbie Lock
Producer: Carolyn Taylor

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets: £10. No concessions. Includes a glass of wine or juice. Tickets were available from our Online Box Office and Hare in The Woods, 7a Market Place, Faringdon.
Gates open for picnicking in the grounds from 6pm. Seating in the theatre is very limited so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets will NOT be available on the door.

This play will also be performed on 2nd & 3rd June by FDS at the
Garrison Little Theatre, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.


‘Side Effects’ is a hilarious comedy for two men and three women from the Bafta-winning creator of Rising Damp. Time Period – Contemporary. Settings Of Play – The visitors’ room of a convalescent home.

Frank Cook, having been taken ill with a rare complaint, has been booked into a private nursing home by his wife June for a week’s respite. Whilst there, he encounters Paul Latimer, whose odd behaviour is beginning to alarm his wife, Sarah. Perhaps he’s just suffering from the side effects of his medication! To throw a spanner in the works along comes Tracey.

Buscot Theatrebuscot-park-theatre has been made available to us by kind permission of Faringdon Collection Trust, Lord Faringdon, James and Lucinda Henderson. The theatre is set in the East Pavilion on the east side of Buscot House. Buscot Park’s theatre dates from the 1930’s. It seats 64 in a raked auditorium with purpose-built armchairs covered in fire-proof velvet. The vaulted ceiling provides excellent acoustics and an audio system is available for the hard of hearing. There is an orchestra pit below large enough for 20, and a podium can be raised for the audience to see the conductor. A Steinway “baby grand” piano is kept in the wings. Full stage lighting is available as well as a digital audiovisual display system.

Parking is available on the grounds near the theatre. Please note, there are no wheelchair facilities in the theatre. Vehicle access is via the gated entrance on the A417 between Lechlade and Faringdon. Click here for map.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Frank Cook - Richard Lock
June Cook - Katie Dyet
Paul Latimer - Gary Bates
Sarah Latimer - Amanda Linstead
Tracey - Bex Hutchings

See programme for further details.

Production No.183 (4 shows were performed over 4 days)

This amateur production was presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.