“Madness,” “saucy,” “scandalous,” “cheeky” and “fun”
are all words that that cast of No Sex Please, We’re British used to describe the British farce that opens May 19th on Flowertown Players’ mainstage.
I was extremely pleased to have the chance to sit down with the cast to discuss the upcoming show. Artistic Director and the show’s Director, JC Conway performed the show years ago at Temple Theatre, “it was just such a good time for both the audience and the cast. It’s a classic British farce and it’s a lot of fun. The audience can expect that…a fun evening watching the actors have about as much fun as you can have on stage.” So, I wasn’t surprised when I met the cast that their humor and energy certainly did not stop on the stage. This lively bunch gave me the inside scoop on jumping over couches and through hatches, which only accounts for a small percentage of all the physical comedy.
The show revolves around a young bride innocently placing an order for some
Scandinavian glassware. What she receives isn't exactly what she planned. When the floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple arrives they think it can’t get any worse. Enter his mother, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. Newcomer to Flowertown’s stage and New York transplant, Steven Tarnow says that “there are moments amidst all the craziness where that seems logical what they are doing…and there are other times. They lie a lot, spur of the moment, make it up as they go and I don’t want to give anything away but they are not that good at it.” The show ran for 8 years in London before making its debut on Broadway in 1973.
The show would not be complete without English accents to set the time and place. How difficult is it for the actors to maintain the accents for a 90-minute performance? Young and upcoming talent, Eddie Duncan found the accent very difficult, “I’ve been practicing by talking to my co-workers in a British accent, who give me funny looks and gestures but I don’t care.” Resident English actor, David Hallat, brings his knowledge and heritage to the cast, explaining the difference between the British and American, “can’t.” Although a native Brit, David reminisces over a funny story, “I did See How They Run which is another farce. A guy who was one of the members of the board brought his girlfriend to see a run through, so at the end of the run through he said so what do you think about the accents? That guy there, George, who was trying his hardest to play a Russian, that’s ‘the best English accent I’ve ever heard,’ she said. She says, ‘that guy there, the bishop, [me], has the worst English accent I’ve ever heard.’” The cast erupted into laughter. “He’s been practicing ever since,” says wife and veteran actress Susie Hallat.
If you are looking for a night of laughter then don’t miss this arousing cast in No Sex Please, We’re British running May 19th – May 28th. Tickets are on sale now at www.flowertownplayers.org or over the phone at 843-875-9251.