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I went with my drama group to see a farce entitled 'Out of Order' at Chorley Little Theatre. This piece of work is a critical analysis on that play.

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Critical Analysis- Out of Order On Monday 15th of April, I went with my drama group to see a farce entitled 'Out of Order' at Chorley Little Theatre. This piece of work is a critical analysis on that play. I was rather apprehensive about going to see this play, as it was a farce, a medium of theatre I am not accustomed to enjoy. However, I think the play was acted rather well, and I quite enjoyed it. Out of Order is a farce, by Ray Cooney, set in a large London hotel. Plot was centred on the activities of a Labour minister, Richard Willey, a secretary from the Conservative party called Jane Worthington, Willey's PPS George Pigden and a dead body! Mr. Willey and Mrs Worthington are having a long-term affair, in the London hotel in which the play is set. However, both are married so they cannot have the scandal spread, and as they work for different political parties. ...read more.

Middle

Then Mr. Willey's wife, Pamela and Mr. Pigden's mother's nurse turn up at the hotel. Pigden has to distract both of them to the suite across the hall by promising to make love to them. Finally, all is set right. Everyone is back with his or her respective partners, Mr. Pigden proposes to Gladys and the room service waiter has a lot of money! I thought the play was very well performed and set. In my opinion the best character was the room service waiter. He had a lot of concentration and focus, and played his part with a good use of both space and dialogue. He projected a good atmosphere, and, even though his accent changed repeatedly throughout the play, a good use of clarity and tone. The staging and structure of the play was done satisfactorily. The lighting, which was simple, but effective, consisted of white overhead lights for the main part of the stage, and a blue light for the part of the stage that represented the outside. ...read more.

Conclusion

By contrast, I think the start of the play was particularly good. I found it comprehensive, and felt it set the scene for the rest of the play. I felt that it explained itself well and portrayed itself realistically (for a farce!). I also thought that it made a good job of introducing the characters and creating the mood that was to last throughout most of the play. However, at the end of the play there was some nudity that was both unnecessary and could have offended some of the audience. This play could have been improved with more focus and a speedier delivery of the lines. The irrelevant nudity could have been edited out and replaced by something slightly more tasteful. More care could have been taken of the placing of accents and the diction and clarity of the performers. In conclusion, I think that actors with a degree of competency performed this play to a good standard. I think that the staging effects used were, though simple, were on the whole effective and worked well, and I enjoyed watching it. Charlotte Seward 30/04/07 1 ...read more.

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