Production 50 Busy Body

Busy BodyBy Not Known

Performed on Thu 1st to Sat 3rd and Thu 8th to Sat 10th August 1968 at The Astor Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Lily Piper Eleanor Bowthorpe
Chief Supt. Baxter Julian Grenville
Support Cast Shiela Porter, David Ford, Christopher Sewell, Thelma Faulkner, Alison Reynolds & Alex Thomson

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Busy Body

The Cast Makes This a Winner

Knickers. Bra. Suspenders. Ad nauseam. Perm any eight from ten and you have a winner. If you are writing a play, that is. Conversely, though the drama is constantly experiencing the exciting pangs of evolution, if you really want to pack ‘em in, take two steps backwards. Delve into the crevices of your medulla oblongata (ooh) to find a word, or several words, which by their very mundaneness would scarce cause an eyebrow to raise. Take a group of people and by inference persuade them it is all rather naughty and before you can say bloomers they will be rolling in the aisles. This tried and tested method was in evidence in The Guild Players summer season production Busybody at The Astor Theatre last week. But the talented Players overcame this daunting handicap and turned the ridiculous into something approaching the sublime. By sheer force of personality they almost managed to throttle the triteness out of the inevitable double entendre. It just goes to show it’s not what you say it’s the way that you say it. As the catch line suggests Busybody is the sort of woman with whom we have all come into contact at one time or another. The world is full of  Lily Pipers (with apologies to the Lily Piper of Deal, who is certainly not a member of this gorgonian band). They know what time you get up, what time you go to bed, what you eat, when you eat and how you eat. They know more about you than you do. They know everything about everyone and don’t hesitate to impart their knowledge to the attentive ear. And, of course, in this comedy of murder, the incorrigible char knows whodunit long before the police get a whiff of the scent. With pieces of vital evidence secreted on her person, she continually outwits the man in charge, Chief Supt. Baxter. Which is the cause of no little chagrin to him, not because they were once old flames, but because she is an embarrassing reminder of his lowly past. Eventually, he overcomes his pride and co-operates with our Lil and together they walk the path, strewn with red herrings, to journeys end and the murderer. It surely has become a must for playgoers in Deal to visit The Astor when Eleanor Bowthorpe’s name is on the cast list. She is so consistently good that The Guild Players must guard her jealously. Again, through superb characterisations she has created another unforgettable performance. And she has infiltrated enough of her own personality into Lily Piper that the old harridan is actually likeable. She has an expert foil in Julian Grenville’s Harry Baxter. In a part, which could have become merely complementary to the central character, he has succeeded in establishing Baxter as a vital force, which keeps the action moving. In fact, it is the exquisite timing of Eleanor Bowthorpe and Julian Grenville, which keeps the plot on an ebullient coursed. Good support from the rest of the cast, especially pert brunette Sheila Porter and David Ford, makes Busybody more palatable than one would gauge from the menu. And complements to guest director Julia Deller. The production will be on stage again today, Friday and Saturday. Other players: Christopher Sewell, Thelma Faulkner, Alison Reynolds and Alex Thomson.

G.W.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Julia Della