On Friday, December 14th the cast of Next Stage Theatre Company‘s Bedroom Farce were delighted to perform at The Mission Theatre in front of The Right Worshipful the Mayor - Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones and The Mayoress. Produced in-the-round and directed by Ann Ellison, Bedroom Farce had played to sell-out audiences all week.
The Mayor and Mayoress enjoyed this classic Ayckbourn romp which follows the antics of four couples, in 3 bedrooms through the course of one night. The play demonstrated the best of Next Stage’s patron’s work with moments of high humour - the couple eating pilchards on toast at midnight, or the collapse of a painfully put-together DIY bedside table - interspersed with Ayckbourn’s insightful observations of marriages and relationships.
Next Stage’s Artistic Director Ann Ellison says:
“It was lovely to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress to The Mission Theatre especially at such a busy time of year for them both. It is not their first visit to our theatre as they had previously seen another Next Stage production here - Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams. Both the Mayor and Mayoress have a keen interest in the creative arts and over a drink in the interval wanted to understand more about the history of our theatre company - which is about to celebrate 25 years of bringing excellence in theatre to Bath audiences. The Mayor congratulated me on the work Next Stage has done at The Mission Theatre and said that our successful venture in creating an independent community theatre 15 years ago stands as a beacon in the city, demonstrating what can be achieved through vision, determination and hard work. He praised the talents of the company’s actors and the fact that every penny raised through our shows goes directly back into keeping the theatre running successfully.”
At the end of Friday‘s performance of Bedroom Farce the Mayor and Mayoress met the cast and crew of the production, chatted about the play and were happy - ignoring the smell of pilchards! - to pose on one of the beds for a company photo.