Monthly Archives: August 2011

Reading for Ray Cooney’s “Run for your Wife”

There will be a reading for this hilarious farce in the Oakwood Arms, on Thursday 1st September at 8pm.  As usual all are welcome.
The story of London cab driver John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. With one wife at home in Streatham and another at home in Wimbledon, and with occupants of the flat upstairs at the latter location.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts with his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs in Wimbledon, to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers.

The cast required is as follows:

Mary Smith: (F) Middle aged.  Smart, and attractive.  Wife of John Smith
Barbara Smith: (F) Middle aged.  Smart, and attractive.  Wife of John Smith.
John Smith: (M) Middle aged.  Very mild mannered.
Det. Sgt. Troughton: (M/F) Young Adult.  Uptight, hard nosed, cop with a chip on his/her shoulder and something to prove.
Stanley Gardner: (M) Middle aged.  Great character.  Lazy out of work friend of John.  Great comedic role.
Reporter: (M/F) Good starter role. Pushy reporter.
Det. Sgt. Porterhouse: (M)  Middle aged – Older.  Good old boy.  Great character
Bobby Franklyn: (M) Young – Middle aged.  A gay, very gay, man.  A great comedic character, and must be played as over the top.