13 December 2015

Theatre Group Feature at The Miller Centre

Noises Off at the Miller Centre


One of our December theatre outings was to the Miller Centre in Caterham when 23 U3A members went to see the farce by Michael Frayn "Noises Off". 

Ably organised by Briar Blake, the visit also included a backstage tour including dressing rooms and costumery before the performance. It was a great experience to see the two ingenious sets which rotated between acts.

It has been called the funniest farce ever written and featured the desperate efforts of a troupe of actors to keep a touring production of a dud comedy on the road, despite a series of chaotic events being played out off-stage. We saw, with the use of two ingenious sets, these increasingly distracted players both on-stage and behind the scenes, accompanied by slamming doors, sulky girls, jealous lovers, an inebriated burglar and a plate of obstinate sardines. It all added up to an hilarious and classically comic piece of theatre.

The Miller Centre also runs its own theatre costume business and two of our members couldn't resist hiring suits for their forthcoming fifties night. As you can imagine it added a spot of hilarity to the proceedings prior to the performance.

Bob and Brian preparing to go back to the fifties
Inside the costume store
Molly and Jan not sure about this one