A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn
...... presented by CODS 28th -31st October 2015
To recap the story … ..The local Am Dram company, that go by the acronym PALOS (the Pendon Light Operatic Society) are staging a production of John Gay's 'The Beggars Opera'.
Against a backdrop of disappearing cast members, attempted bribery, wife-swapping, cat-fights, affairs of the heart and mix-ups in the laundry, we follow the efforts of frustrated director Dafydd Llewellyn through the hilarious process of ‘herding cats’, as he tries to arrive at opening night with a full cast and a performance that starts at the end and finishes at the beginning!
As Shakespeare said "they have their entrances and their exits.
Indeed they do … So many entrances and exits!
Take just one of the characters ..... Guy Jones for example. He turns up to join PALOS, The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society, and finds himself coming and going in all sorts of directions. In the case of the PALOS production of ‘The Beggars Opera’ his direction is ever upwards, starting as a bit part and working his way up to the leading role, in a remarkably short space of time. These are not his only entrances and exits however, far from it! Mr Jones proves very popular with the ladies of the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society, and his performances turn out not to be limited to the stage!
Then there's his potentially useful information about a valuable piece of land which seems of interest to some of the male members of PALOS. More scheming with ulterior motives!
And all the while Dafyyd Llewelyn is trying his hardest to get the show on the road. He's very Welsh, very enthusiastic, and very forceful. Dafyyd cajoles his team of actors through the rehearsals. As some principal members of the cast fall by the wayside Guy Jones becomes evermore important. While Dafyyd seems to completely ignore his wife, who is also a member of the cast, Guy certainly doesn't and so the overlap between onstage fiction and offstage reality increases and the production becomes more maniac, more stressful, and for the audience, more hilarious.