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“Accidents and Guarding Angels” is set in a funeral directors “Reeper Funeral Services” run by George Reeper and his daughter Vera. They haven’t had an easy life since George’s first wife passed away but they’ve now found happiness with their respective partners, Fenella and Charlie.

Unfortunately things are not running smoothly again due to mishaps with the deceased, a boggled apprentice, an accidental decorator, a customer who’s left her decaying husband in the car outside and a very nervous police officer.

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SKU: flp92 Categories: , , , , , , Product ID: 1902

Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

Full Length Play

Duration (mins)

120

Male Cast

4

Female Cast

4

Optional Female

1

Total Cast

8

Total Cast Inc Opt

9

Synopsis

“Accidents and Guarding Angels” is set in a funeral directors “Reeper Funeral Services” run by George Reeper and his daughter Vera. They haven’t had an easy life since George’s first wife passed away but they’ve now found happiness with their respective partners, Fenella and Charlie.

Unfortunately things are not running smoothly again due to mishaps with the deceased, a boggled apprentice, an accidental decorator, a customer who’s left her decaying husband in the car outside and a very nervous police officer.

Cast

VERA REEPER – daughter (thirties – forties)
P C ANGEL –police (twenties -forties) M/F
GEORGE REEPER – husband (fifties – seventies)
FENELLA REEPER – wife (fifties – sixties)
CHARLIE HEATH – dates Vera/employee (thirties – forties)
EDWINA CROAK-TIT – employee (thirties – sixties)
NORMAN CLUMP – employee (thirties – fifties)
SIDNEY ARBER – decorator (thirties – sixties)
MARGARET KINGSELLAR – customer (fifties – seventies)

Sample

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1 review for Accidents & Guardian Angels

  1. Steve Davies

    Summary Performance History
    Tiverton – October 2014

    Début Performance of “Accidents and
    Guarding Angels” Review
    By Mid Devon Gazette | Posted: October 23, 2014
    The collective cast of Accidents and Guarding Angels
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    “ACCIDENTS and Guarding Angels” premiered last night to the sound of raucous laughter and
    applause. The play, written by Jack Williams, was carried out by the Tiverton Dramatics Society at the
    New Hall, Tiverton.
    Set at the Reeper Family Funeral Directors, the play takes place over two days and chronicles a tale
    of death, betrayal, lies and good old black humour.
    When I arrived, I was astounded by the sheer crowd that had gathered in anticipation for Jacks latest
    show. Spying Jack across the hall as he greeted the audience, it was easy to see the glimmer in his
    eye which belied the sheer joy he must have felt in attracting such a wealth of viewers.
    Settling into my seat the production began, Vera Reeper took to the stage and delivered an
    impassioned speech which doubled as an explanation of the stories past. From there the curtains
    drew open and exposed the lovingly crafted dual set which would serve as the canvas for this
    theatrical masterwork.
    Enter the endearingly hyper-energetic PC Angel and world-weary Mr. Reeper, who alongside Vera
    quickly expose the audience to the productions almost trademark sense of black humour. Now in my
    experience, black humour is always risky; you run the risk of offending your viewers and alienating
    others.
    That, happily, was not the case here. During a brief cameo from the director himself, one of the cast is
    very unceremoniously dumped from sofa to stretcher with a single throw. A chorus of laughter was the
    cast’s response, as each member of the audience split a smile and roared in glee. It was not difficult
    to spot the directors smile at this reaction as he carried the “body” from the stage.
    From this point on, the audience was treated to a spectacle of clever writing, impressive acting and a
    clear sense of enjoyment emanating from the cast, which was picked up on and reciprocated on by
    the audience throughout. Each character brought something new to the performance, from Normans
    (almost deceptively) amusingly foolish antics, to Sydney’s lisp infused musical numbers, every joke
    found its mark. Even the sultry antics of Fenella come across with such comedic precession and
    delivery that you never once feel uncomfortable or out of place.
    To quickly defend myself against the rest of the cast, that just because I have not mentioned a
    character, it does not mean I think they were not fantastically portrayed, it’s just I only have so much
    space!
    I cannot however write so much and neglect the actual storyline of the production, although a simple
    premise (man comes into money, others try to manipulate him to claim it as their own), Jack manages
    to stamp his own unique mark upon the tale.
    Small twists here and there keep everything enthralling and there was not a moment wherein I found
    myself distracted or disinterested, I was captured from start to finish. This is due in no small part to
    actors riveting performance. But I shall say no more as I do not wish to spoil the plot for others, what I
    can say though, is trust no one.
    As I write I notice there is a group I have not even mentioned, lurking in the shadows as they are. But
    the backstage crew were clearly busy at work throughout, managing costume changes and special
    effects that added another layer to an already fantastic performance. On a personal note I always feel
    the crew tend to be under-represented in reviews, so it falls to me to say the obvious. Congratulations
    on such brilliant work, you have my thanks for such an unforgettable show.
    As the final act came to climax, I was treated to a truly emotional finale. I have no intent of spoiling the
    ending, but I can say that there were tears within the audience, a remarkable feat for any production.
    Of course though, one cannot expect tears and melancholy joy to hold sway for long and humour was
    re-inserted to bring the act home.
    That was until the final reveal of the show shot a wave of fear through my soul as a dramatic reveal
    showed the true nature of one of the characters. And no, I am not saying who, if you want to know
    then go and enjoy the show, you may work it out before the reveal.
    After the final curtain I had the pleasure of stepping back stage and meeting the cast, each and every
    one of them with a wide smile plastered across their features. “The Audience was great” they said “As
    soon as we heard that first laugh we knew that it was going to be a great night.”
    “We’ve all had lots of fun and this has been the most professional cast I’ve ever worked with.” Said
    another member of the cast, “The backstage crew have been fantastic, the best around”.
    Come the end of the night, I had a moment to speak with Jack one final time, with a celebratory drink
    clutched firmly in hand. “It was fantastic, better than I could have hoped.” He said, “I knew we had a
    great audience from the beginning.”
    If you cannot already tell from the way I am essentially fawning over the production thus far, I am
    recommending that any even remotely interested in theatre, comedy, or in fact entertainment take at
    least a single night this week to go and enjoy the show.
    As I type this the following morning, I can reflect upon the show with hindsight, normally my critical
    mind-set would start dissecting the performance and finding faults to pick upon. But for once, I cannot
    find anything; even very minor slip ups with lines were so seamlessly laughed off by audience and
    cast alike, that I cannot fault them.
    It was a masterful performance, from the first line to the final bow I was impressed, enthralled and at
    times, struggling to breathe.
    In the end I suppose I have only one final thought and this is it. Well done to each and every one of
    you, keep an eye out, I may come back for seconds.
    Read more: http://www.middevongazette.co.uk/D-Performance-Accidents-Guarding-AngelsReview/story-23390589-detail/story.html#ixzz3H48YZPQX
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