Caldbeck Players: ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’

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Caldbeck Players : Tom, Dick and Harry : A Report
Ken Woolfenden lay in a wheelbarrow, apparently unconscious, Alastair Macfadzean climbed out from inside a sofa bed and Jennifer Collard fell out through a window not once but three times. These antics all happened in the farce Tom, Dick and Harry by Ray and Michael Cooney presented by Caldbeck Players in Caldbeck Parish Hall on 15, 16 and 17 November.
Tom (Tim never off the stage Cartmell) and his patient and long suffering wife Linda (Mandy Jackson) were awaiting the arrival of the redoubtable Mrs Potter (Pauline Woolfenden) from the adoption agency to approve their application to adopt a baby. Their well meaning but feckless brother Dick (Alan Charlton) and sister Harry (Jennifer Collard) tried to help them with outlandish proposals (including the burial of body parts taken by Harry from a cadaver in the mortuary of the hospital where she worked as third assistant hospital porter to reduce the value of the house which they rented so that they could buy it) but their efforts only complicated matters. And matters were further complicated by the arrival (inadvertently caused by Dick driving a van from Calais with contraband goods) of two Kosovan refugees Andreas (Alastair Macfadzean) and his granddaughter Katerina (Jane Simpson) who both spoke mostly in fluent excitable Albanian. A suspicious Constable Brown (Sue Braithwaite) kept intervening but had her reward when Boris (Ken Woolfenden) a leader of the East European mafia demanded money with a pistol and knife for enabling the two refugees to travel to sanctuary in Shepherds Bush but was overpowered and the Constable was able to arrest him and wheel him off the stage unconscious in a wheelbarrow. By this time Mrs Potter had abandoned any consideration of the adoption application but the play ended happily by the discovery by Linda that she was unexpectedly expecting.
The producer was Antoinette Ward and as always many people helped behind the scenes in many indispensable ways. In particular those responsible for the design, construction and decoration of the very attractive set could feel well satisfied with the result.