A Croxley Green play writer is to lead his cast, made up entirely of locals, to the stage next month for a parody which reflects outdated attitudes in a ridiculous situation.
Steve Barker’s play, Backstage Farce, is a play about an amateur dramatic society putting on a farce where things go from bad to worse as nerves kick in, tempers fray and cast members are late or absent all together.
The play, which is on from May 10 to 12 at Henderson Hub in Abbots Langley, is Steve’s second play he has written after the success of Awkward which hit the stage in 2017.
Steve, 47, has been involved in amateur dramatics for more than 20 years having acted and been a member of the Centralian Players based in Watford.
Talking as rehearsals are in full swing, Steve said: “They say you should write about what you know so obviously I have experience of the fear and conversations prior to a show. I wanted to bring the audience back stage to see what goes on.
“I also felt a desire to write a typical 1970’s Farce. It’s full of people who are up to no good, and hiding in cupboards and chauvinistic men and subservient women. I wrote it is a parody to reflect outdated attitudes in a ridiculous situation. Additionally the cast are beset by problems such as missed lines, missed cues, misplaced props , and interruptions.
“I am lucky to have a talented cast of nine, who are very funny and all the cast are from Watford and the surrounding area and have a wealth of experience on stage. My daughter Bethany will be taking on her fifth role in a Centralian production.
“Rehearsals are going well and although we only get four hours a week to practise all the cast are busily learning their lines, many of them whilst managing their families and full time jobs.”
Backstage Farce will be running for three nights from May 10 to 12 at Henderson Hub , High Street , Abbots Langley , curtain up at 7.45. Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased by calling 01923 227392 or on the door on the night.
All funds raised will go to Linda Jackson Macmillan Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital.