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September 2017

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti

By Patrick Oliver

Flying High at Trinity

An enthusiastic audience greeted the cast of Trinity Theatre’s latest production, the Marc Camoletti farce, Boeing Boeing. From the start the scene was set in a luxurious Paris flat which was a real credit to the set designer, builders and decorators. In the world of farce it is entirely possible for an eligible bachelor to have three girlfriends on the go at once especially when they are air hostesses flying with different airlines and visit according to their tightly managed timetables. Bernard, played by Steve Taverner, was very confident about the set-up, even when his friend, Robert, played by Pete Harris, turned up unexpectedly. To help lubricate the machinations of Bernard’s dealings was his maid Bertha, played by Carolyn Ferguson. The worldliness of Bertha was well portrayed.

Inevitably, with faster planes and storms over the Atlantic, the well managed system breaks down and many comedic moments ensued. These had obviously been well rehearsed and the cast enjoyed it, which was well transmitted to the audience. The rapid entrances and exits and the quick fire conversations were particularly well done.

The three hostesses all made an impact on the stage. This was helped by some bright and well-designed uniforms making a good contrast to the pale colour of the set. Gloria, the American ,played by Nessa Law, was suitably loud and demonstrative especially when introducing Robert to the finer points of ‘technical kissing’. Gabrielle, the English hostess, played by Trish Hall was more restrained but still forceful in her demands of Bernard. Gretchen, the German, played by Vicki Quilter was very forthright with her very effective accent. All interacted well with Robert who in many cases seemed to have to pick the pieces of the evolving situation and created some very funny comedy moments.

This was a very pleasant way to spend an evening with a perfect demonstration of great comedy which all of the cast contributed to. Director Gwen Stevens deserves great praise for getting this technically difficult play up to such a high standard. Well done to everyone.