AT HOME WITH THE HERRINGBONES by Bob Charteris

£3.50

Lord and Lady Herringbone live in a crumbling mansion in Sussex. They are also broke. To make matters worse, their only remaining servant, Wick, is well past his “use-by” date. But there is a glimmer of hope when their daughter Caroline, a  public relations executive, calls in to tell them she has met a girl who works for the Country House Rescue television program and is interested in Herringbone Manor. But, when the tv researcher arrives, things get even worse for the Herringbones.

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CHARACTERS

Lord Alfred Herringbone, a pedantic relic, 70

Penelope, Lady Herringbone, his wife, 60

Caroline, their daughter, mid-30s

Wick, aging butler, 70

Alyce, TV research assistant, mid-20s

 

RUNNING TIME

Approx 45 minutes

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

The play had its premiere at Stirling Theatre (Stirling Players), Innaloo, Perth, Western Australia in September 2014.

It has since been performed by a further six community theatre groups in Australia.

 

REVIEWS

Herringbone review by Richard Hyde, September 2014

https://www.ita.org.au/2014/09/dramafest-2014-session-1-review-by-richard-hyde/

At Home With The Herringbones by Stirling Theatre, did have a strong script and an excellent cast that gave it real justice. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of wordplay so being playful with language is right in my wheelhouse – dangling modifiers, incorrect word usage, ending sentences with prepositions, all that sort of wonderful Grammar Nazi stuff that can make people’s head explode. What made this even more satisfying is that the pompous Lord Herringbone’s pedantic correction of language and grammar was an important character trait not merely the writer showing off. The story slowly revealed itself to be somewhat of a mystery with a cheeky bent and a few late twists along the way. There were some nice sight gags as well. Economically staged and slickly performed this was well received by the audience. Written and Directed by Bob Charteris, the play starred Fran Gordon, Paul Anderson, Peter Flanigan, Alexandra D’Ulisse, and Georgi Ivers.

 

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