A traditional farce by Edward Taylor and John Graham this comedy was CDS’s spring 2016 production and ran June 1st to 4th at the Queen’s Hall.
Shows were sold out every night – a strong vote
of the hard work and time from all those involved!
You can hear the pre-show “BBC News” audience announcment here.
Audience comments included:
— Jacob White (@JacobMWhite) 4 June 2016
- The Rt. Hon. George Venables M.P. Philip Robinson
- Rodney Campbell Jaba Bowman
- The Rt. Hon. Hector Crammond M.P. Paul Davey
- Miss Frobisher Beckie Burtenshaw
- Sybil Venables Kirsty Bishopp
- Shirley Springer Samantha Oliver
- Jane Rotherbrook Emma Hudson
- Dora Springer Lorraine Jordan
- A Man Peter Bowman
- Director Lance Milton
- Assistant Director Emma Gosling
- Producer Peter Bowman
- Lighting Phoebe Izzard Davey / Paul Davey
- Sound Design Jason Ross
- Set Build Stephen Bishopp and Team
- Stage Manager Jane Bowman / Dawn Hall
- Props & Costumes The Cast / Gladrags
- Make-up The Cast
- Programme Martin Sheldon
- Advertising Shirley Coates
- Publicity Paul Davey / Keith Moss
- Front of House Sophie Bradshaw / Caroline Denholm
- Helme & Hallett
- Good Evening Thai Restaurant
- Fernie’s Choice
- P and S Gallagher
- Cuckfield Pantry and Tea Room
- Gould & Company
- Terry Healy – Chimney Sweeps
- The Wheatsheaf Inn
- D Edwards & Son
- Balcombe Flooring
- The White Harte`
- Sussex Crafts
- Cuckfield Bathrooms
- Rotech Electrical
- Marcus Grimes
Set in 10 Downing Street on the eve of the budget the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are preparing a puritanical crackdown, taxing amusements such as bingo, gambling and night clubs out of existence.
Shocks are in store however when the lovely Shirley appears, the result of a post-conference party night many years ago….
She is certain to expose more than the story of her origins.
Cue an epidemic of door-slamming and clothes swapping confusion that will be more shocking (and more funny) than the latest referendum statistics and argument!
Pardon Me, Prime Minister was directed by Lance Milton, CDS member and principal of Act Too Arts Academy
Edward Taylor and John Graham wrote Pardon Me, Prime Minister in 1976, although the humour is still just as funny, and seems eerily prescient with a Scottish Chancellor and a spin doctor named Campbell! And politicians remain politicians and in need of taking down a peg or two. Edward Taylor worked on many classic BBC series including Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies and this hilarious farce will let CDS demonstrate again just how good local community theatre can be!