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Miss Marble Strikes; Again!

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The action is set in 26 Waverly Lane Farnham. It should be an ordinary day for George and Melissa Model (Pronounced Mo-Dell). However it is not long before their prim and proper house keeper Miss Marble, witnesses what she thinks is an abduction and incarceration of a woman by her employers. After her protests to free the woman fall on deaf ears, Miss Marble announces that she is on strike and leaves them to it. This suits Mr. and Mrs. Model just fine as actually they would both like the house free that evening for secret soirées of their own. Each party having invented an alibi for their whereabouts for later that evening, their lies and subterfuge (E.g. a trapped rat under the stairs) lead to all kinds of misunderstandings. Enter a very early Meg (A wannabe live in housekeeper) who wants to be George’s lover. Melissa wants to use Greg’s (their gardener) gigolo skills, for her own gratification but both George and Melissa are reluctant to be the first to leave the house. Enter the Spanish neighbour’s non English speaking, soon to be living in housekeeper Lolita, who has come to collect next door’s key from Miss Marble so she can prepare next door’s house for her family’s arrival. However infidelity, deceit, and mistaken identity lead to poor innocent Lolita who is given to her, the task of rat catcher for a fictional rat. Thus along with most of the cast at one point or other, she finds herself either hiding or being held captive in the storeroom under the stairs. Question is: will Miss Marble ever return to save the day or will they all find themselves in perpetual confusion for the foreseeable future?

 

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Product ID: 6437

Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

Full Length Play

Duration (mins)

100

Male Cast

2

Female Cast

4

Total Cast

6

Synopsis

The action is set in 26 Waverly Lane Farnham. It should be an ordinary day for George and Melissa Model (Pronounced Mo-Dell). However it is not long before their prim and proper house keeper Miss Marble, witnesses what she thinks is an abduction and incarceration of a woman by her employers. After her protests to free the woman fall on deaf ears, Miss Marble announces that she is on strike and leaves them to it. This suits Mr. and Mrs. Model just fine as actually they would both like the house free that evening for secret soirées of their own. Each party having invented an alibi for their whereabouts for later that evening, their lies and subterfuge (E.g. a trapped rat under the stairs) lead to all kinds of misunderstandings. Enter a very early Meg (A wannabe live in housekeeper) who wants to be George’s lover. Melissa wants to use Greg’s (their gardener) gigolo skills, for her own gratification but both George and Melissa are reluctant to be the first to leave the house. Enter the Spanish neighbour’s non English speaking, soon to be living in housekeeper Lolita, who has come to collect next door’s key from Miss Marble so she can prepare next door’s house for her family’s arrival. However infidelity, deceit, and mistaken identity lead to poor innocent Lolita who is given to her, the task of rat catcher for a fictional rat. Thus along with most of the cast at one point or other, she finds herself either hiding or being held captive in the storeroom under the stairs. Question is: will Miss Marble ever return to save the day or will they all find themselves in perpetual confusion for the foreseeable future?

Cast

George Model           Age 30-50: Accounts Manager for Tin Tin confectionary

Melissa Model           Married to George Age 30- 50: Freelance writer and women’s magazine agony aunt columnist

Meg Moffitt                Age 25-35: Agency House keeper and George’s secret girlfriend

Greg Lister                Age 25-40: Handsome athletic self-employed gardener and part time gigolo

Miss Marble               Age 40-60: Resident live-in Housekeeper that came with the house a matronly hard working and loyal servant that is more than a little disgruntled at the recent goings on. Her only form of protest is to go on strike

Lolita Sanchez          Any age: A visiting Spanish non-English speaking Housekeeper for her brother-in-law next door. Has come to collect the key to let herself in.

 

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1 review for Miss Marble Strikes; Again!

  1. North Norfolk News

    Written and directed by Nigel Manson, this crisp, comic farce cut along at a decent pace, garnering a stack of laughs along the way.

    Peppered with the odd local reference, and covering infidelity, deceit, mistaken identity, linguistic challenges and pest control, there was plenty to keep the audience’s attention.

    All six cast members enjoyed strong performances, with Melissa Collin (as Melissa) and Ashley Burgoyne (George) carrying the main burden, excelling with artful confidence and cheerful anxiety. Anna Ryan (Meg) as the nagging nymph and Jamie Manson (Greg) the Mellors-lite gardener both embraced their carnal conundrums with talented enthusiasm. The agreeable Robin Spruce (Miss Marble) floated in and out with a slightly detached authority gently punctuating the plot. And Bernadette Alexandrou (Lolita) collected plenty of home run laughs for the team with expert comic instinct.

    An inventive set, paired with excellent use of lighting, enlarged the performance space into a believably large house and garden, with accompanying nooks and crannies, which the director and performers utilised to good effect.

    With both performances this weekend already sold out in the theatre’s newly refurbished auditorium, loud and generous acclaim deservedly greeted the performers at the close.

    But perhaps the evening may best be summed up with a comment outside the theatre, when a departing audience member was overheard to say to his companion: ‘That was brilliant!’

    CHRIS SADLER

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