Programme & Press Cuttings
Production Date: october 1978
Directed by: Nancy Forsdike
Genre: Comedy Farce
Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
Valentine Brose applies for a boilerman job in a factory. During the interview with works manager; Mr Price and personnel manager Mrs Murray, he is told that he must always be on hand at 11:55 p.m. to press a button on the boiler.
Getting the job, Brose goes one step further and moves his pink-nightie-clad bride into the boiler room and starts growing mushrooms which sprout hallucinogenic caps. Brose munches on one and can see Mrs. Murray naked. She flees, trying desperately to shield herself with her personnel folder!
BHTC NOTES: Although critically aclaimed, Nancy (Director) remembers that the play was not well received by audiences!
PLAYWRIGHT: Livings had an anarchic sense of humour and a fierce and loving commitment to his working-class anti-heroes. Most of his plays are surreal farces set in ordinary places: a public lavatory in 'Stop It, Whoever You Are'; a bolier room in 'Eh?' and outside the door of a lift on the upper floor of a high-rise block of flats in 'The ffinest ffamily in the Land'.
Set Design &
Sound & Lighting
Front Of House
Playwright: Henry Livings
Geoff Twyman, Brian Leggatt, Peter Case,
Peter Harwood & Peter Palmer
Peter Coveney, Trevor Wilson & Elizabeth Lorentzen
BHTC Production Number: 101