Preview: Noises Off, St Ninian’s Church Hall

Noises Off. Pic: Comp
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TAKE a trip backstage with Edinburgh Theatre Arts (ETA) this month, and witness the off-stage antics audiences never usually get to see.

Following the success of their production of Roger McGough’s adaptation of Tartuffe earlier this year, ETA return to the stage in Noises Off, Michael Frayn’s hilarious look at the theatre and theatre people.

Join a touring theatre company as they begin performing their archetypal farce Nothing On, in Weston-super-Mare.

But has the set been put up correctly and have the actors had enough rehearsal?

And what happens when the leading actors have fallen out?

As the tour progresses their many problems, both theatrical and personal, become inextricably and riotously intertwined as they hurtle towards the tour’s end in Stockton-on-Tees.

Director Colin McPherson says, “The unique selling point of our production, however, is the staging of it in such an intimate venue.

“Not many companies take on the challenge of Noises Off with its plethora of doors, props, entrances and exits, not to mention the fact that Act Two is viewed from a ‘backstage’ perspective.

“But Michael Frayn’s writing, the range of archetypal theatrical characters and the sheer physical comedy of the action make it too good to resist.

“I believe our stage adaptation and the closeness of the audience in St Ninian’s will give even Noises Off veterans a whole new view of what theatrical life is like when the performance veneer is stripped away.”

Noises Off, St Ninian’s Church Hall, Comely Bank, Monday-22 August, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £12, 07599-928 440