The cast of Tip Top Productions currently in rehearsal at Chester’s Forum Studio Theatre have seen fun and tricks played upon them by their new director as they laugh their way through three more episodes of Fawlty Towers.
Sally Anglesea is directing her first play for the Chester company and saw no reason not to engage her own considerable acting abilities in convincing the cast that she and main character, and fellow deceiver Manuel weren’t seeing eye to eye, culminating in his ‘storming out’ of rehearsals, to the horror of the rest of the cast.
The joke was soon admitted and order was restored.
Rehearsals have continued apace in the same jokey atmosphere which should culminate in brilliant performances.
Sally, a former pupil of Chester Queen’s School, went on to graduate with a first class honours degree in English, drama and performance studies from Salford University, where she realised her love for directing.
She went on to Clwyd Theatr Cymru where she worked as student assistant director for a project called The Hub.
Looking for a new challenge, Sally decided to take on Fawlty Towers which is certainly that, especially with the Forum Theatre’s L shaped staging which makes for unusual sight-lines.
Directing three separate plays, in this case three episodes of this popular television series - Waldorf Salad, The Kipper and The Corpse and The Psychiatrist - is also no mean feat but Sally is enjoying it enormously.
Also enjoying rehearsals are Alison Pritchard and Dhugal Fulton who play Sybil and Basil Fawlty.
Alison hails from Tattenhall, has two children and has been acting for more than 20 years.
She loves acting so much that she even started the local Tattenhall Amateur Dramatic company, which she still runs.
She has worked for Tip Top previously in Gail Young’s Cheshire Cats and is finding the Fawlty Towers experience to be great fun.
Dhugal comes from Wrexham and has been involved with many Tip Top productions including musicals such as Godspell and Carousel and has appeared more recently in the company’s productions of Useless Beauty and The Sociable Plover.
Fawlty Towers can be seen at The Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester from May 12-25 at 7.30pm with matinees on May 17 and 25 at 2.30pm.
Tickets from £5 to £10 are available at the box office between 10am-1pm on weekdays; by phone on 01244 341296 or online at www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.