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On Your Honour by Roger Leach and Colin Wakefield
  The Play
On Your Honour is a comedy with a farcical flavour, featuring a group of lawyers away for an important weekend conference. Hugo Barnes desperately wants to be a High Court Judge and has organised the conference to impress the new Lord Chancellor, Lord Lumsden-Clark, who still has considerable influence when it comes to judicial appointments. Nick Willmott (who also happens to be the Lord Chancellor’s son-in-law) has invited a young solicitors’ secretary along for the weekend. This decision threatens Nick’s marriage, Hugo’s plans for a trouble-free conference, and both their reputations. Misunderstandings, narrow escapes and attempted sexual infidelity combine with an unusual undercurrent of family reconciliation and personal discovery.

Alister Cameron & Philip Childs
Photographer: Gemma Mount


Edward Fulton & Stan Pretty
Photographer: Gemma Mount

Cast (3F, 5M)
NICK WILLMOTT Q.C.                           
HUGO BARNES Q.C.                           
HILARY WILLMOTT, Nick’s wife                       
LIZ LUMSDEN CLARK, a Circuit Judge, Hilary’s sister   
SIR HARRY LUMSDEN-CLARK, the new Lord Chancellor   
GERALD BLUNT, a civil servant                         
TONI TAYLOR, a solicitors’ secretary                        
CHRISTIAN, a student                               
(51)
(51)
(42)
(44)
(66)
(25)
(20)
(19)
Set: A luxury hotel bedroom.
Time: One Saturday afternoon and evening. The present.


Luciana Lawlor & Greg Gillespie
Photographer: Gemma Mount


On Your Honour: The Play   Production Information Biographies Reviews  Other Information


Production Information


Alister Cameron & Leda Hodgson
Photographer: Gemma Mount
ON YOUR HONOUR
by Roger Leach
and Colin Wakefield
The play was produced at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London,
from 11th to 29th September 2007

 
Directed by Colin Wakefield
Designed by Colin Mayes
Lighting and Sound by Luci

Philip Childs
Photographer: Gemma Mount

Company Stage Manager Peter Adshead
Assistant Stage Manager Ryan Burkwood
Production Associate Barbara Kirby

Press and PR Presstitution www.presstitution.com

Production Photography Gemma Mount
Scenic Construction Paul Griffin and Michael Porter
Leaflet and Poster Design Robin Kirwan 07971 709229

Programmes and Print Management MJ Assocs Limited 020 8290 4999
Website Design by Gary Roskell www.garyroskell.co.uk

Produced by Double Honours Productions
in association with Theatre Maketa.

For the Jermyn Street Theatre:
Penny Horner Administrator
Justin Emerys Smith Technical Manager
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
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Stan Pretty & Greg Gillespie
Photographer: Gemma Mount


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Biographies
ALISTER
CAMERON
'Hugo'
Alister Cameron

Alister has appeared in many West End productions including THE REAL THING at The Strand Theatre; HOUSE GUEST at The Savoy; THE LAST OF MRS CHEYNEY, The Cambridge; ROLLSHYPHENROYCE, The Shaftesbury; THE DAME OF SARK, The Duke of York’s; NO SEX PLEASE WE’RE BRITISH, The Strand; VOLPONE, The Garrick and THE WATCHED POT at The Mermaid. He has appeared in many productions around the country such as ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Antony); RELATIVELY SPEAKING (Philip); EDUCATING RITA (Frank); PACK OF LIES; TEN TIMES TABLE; ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR; HAVING A BALL; THE WINSLOW BOY; HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; and this year KING OF HEARTS at Hampstead. He has appeared in many national tours including BENEFACTORS; HENCEFORWARD; THE FIRST MRS FRASER; SEE HOW THEY RUN and HOUSE GUEST. Radio 4 series have included THE WHITE PEACOCK; PERSUASION and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Alister’s films include THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK; SOLITAIRE FOR TWO; ANXIETY; the yet to be screened THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM; TINCTURE OF VERVAIN; IF I’M SPARED and CHURCHILL AT WAR. His television credits include, for the BBC, DOCTORS; WORDS OF LOVE; STARLINGS; LONG VOYAGE OUT OF WAR; WHOM GOD HATH JOINED; THE IMITATION GAME; EASTENDERS; THE HARRY ENFIELD SHOW and BETWEEN THE LINES; and for ITV, THE LONG WAY HOME; POIROT, EMMERDALE FARM; PAUL MERTON – THE SERIES; DROP THE DEAD DONKEY; LONDON’S BURNING and THE BILL. Alister runs his own company, Richmond Productions, which he founded in 1993 to tour British theatre to the Middle and Far East, Eastern Europe and the Sub-Continent.


PHILIP CHILDS
'Nick'
Philip Childs

Philip trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre work includes Lloyd Dallas in NOISES OFF (Milford Haven): Serge in ART (tour of Gulf States); Jimmy Grimes in MARVIN GAYE – THE MUSICAL written and directed by Kid Creole; Paul Burns in OH! WHAT A NIGHT! (UK & European Tour); Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET (Oldham); Lenny in HAVING A BALL (Cheltenham); Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Sir Toby Belch in TWELFTH NIGHT (Canizaro Park, Wimbledon); Bernard in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (Northampton); Vincent Minelli in JUDY (Bristol Old Vic, Greenwich & West End); Antonio in THE TEMPEST (Oxford Stage Company); KILLING FOR COMPANY – a one-man play about the mass-murderer Dennis Nilsen (Hen & Chickens); Sgt. Match in WHAT THE BUTLER SAW and Christopher Riley in SHADOWLANDS (Coventry); Phil Spear in THE BALLROOM (Attic, Wimbledon); Snoopy in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Overground, Kingston). He also appeared in THE HIRED MAN, CASABLANCA and ARTURO UI (all West End) and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (RSC). Television includes EASTENDERS, DREAM TEAM, BERNARD’S WATCH, THE BILL, WOOF, BACKUP, OUT OF SIGHT, INTO THE FIRE, 2 POINT 4 CHILDREN, CRACKER, PEAK PRACTICE, WAITING FOR GOD, A DARK ADAPTED EYE, MINDER, INSPECTOR MORSE, SOPHIA AND CONSTANCE, MILE HIGH, MURDER CITY, CLAPHAM JUNCTION . Film work includes VERA DRAKE, directed by Mike Leigh. He is supported by his wife Maggie and their four children Tom, Jack, Cassy and Martha. He in turn supports Stoke City Football Club.


EDWARD FULTON
'Gerald'
Edward Fulton

Edward trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London, where he enjoyed lead roles in POPCORN and HOUSE. Since graduating he has played Stanhope on numerous occasions during a 10-month tour of David Grindley's production of JOURNEY’S END and recently played the lead in LITTLE EYOLF at the Riverside Studios. Other credits include NO ONE SEES THE VIDEO at the Teatro Technis and SOMETHING NATURAL BUT VERY CHILDISH at the Hen & Chickens. He has appeared in Alison Jackson's TONY BLAIR, ROCK STAR for Channel 4 and the feature film ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE? with Lucy Punch. Other notable performances include Stephano in THE TEMPEST and Blackmouth in LIVE LIKE PIGS.


GREG GILLESPIE 'Christian'
Gred Gillespie

Greg Gillespie is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. While at Webber Douglas, Greg played such parts as Arthur Gower in TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS, Gayev in Anton Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD and Jake Mace in Alan Ayckbourn’s HOUSE at the Chanticleer Theatre in South Kensington. Greg made his professional début in the leading role of Dick in the musical DAMES AT SEA for Jill Freud and Company at the Southwold and Aldeburgh Theatres in Suffolk and then went on to play the leading role in Roy Hudd’s pantomine DICK WHITTINGTON at the Riverfront Theatre in South Wales. Greg has also played Jack Chesney in CHARLEY’S AUNT and Alex in OUTSIDE EDGE for Southwold Summer Theatre and reprised his role in DICK WHITTINGTON last year in Truro. Greg’s film credits include the part of Archie McDonald in MIND THE GAP. Prior to studying acting, Greg trained for nine years as a competitive Ballroom and Latin American dancer, competing at both National and International levels. Greg is a former world representative for England at Ballroom and Latin American dancing and a former member of the British International Competitive Team.


LEDA HODGSON
'Liz'
Leda Hodgson

Trained at LAMDA. Most recent work: Sophie in TALKING, TALKING HEADS and Susan in BED AMONG THE LENTILS (Both dir: Nick Kidd) at Copake Theatre NY. These productions have also been performed in the Theatre Truck at Edinburgh, Brighton and Corsham Festivals, at Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells, and in Bahrain – all for Theatre Maketa. Previous work for Double Honours Productions at Jermyn Street Theatre: Sue in AUDIENCE WITH MURDER (Dir: Colin Wakefield). Theatre: For Theatre Maketa, Leda has appeared as Bet, with Martin Barrass as Al, in APRIL IN PARIS (Dir: Iain Rogerson) in Bahrain and at the May Fair Theatre London. She has worked in Rep theatres in Exeter, Chester, Liverpool, Derby, Oldham, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Birmingham, and Worcester – favourite production, MAN OF THE MOMENT (Dir: Peter Fieldson), in which she played Trudy Parkes. Other work includes: THE TERRIBLE VOICE OF SATAN (Dir: James MacDonald), WORKER’S WRIGHTS (Dir: Dawn Walton) and BACKPAY (Dir: Mary Peate) at the Royal Court. For Cheek by Jowl, Miss Flute in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Bellinda in THE MAN OF MODE (Both dir: Declan Donnellan). For Hull Truck, SHAKERS and CUT AND DRIED (Dir: Danny Hiller), and a season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (Dir: David Conville). TV: HAMISH MACBETH. PERFECT WORLD. INSPECTOR LINLEY INVESTIGATES. BADDIEL’S SYNDROME. FAMILY AFFAIRS. THE PLAY’S THE THING. Radio: LONG TIME MAN.



CIANA
LAWLOR
'Toni'
Luciana Lawlor

Luciana studied Drama (BA Hons) at Exeter University before completing her
training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. At University she played roles such as Amy in AMY’S VIEW and the title role in her final production of PHAEDRE. At Mountview she enjoyed roles such as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT, Charlotta in THE CHERRY ORCHARD and Mercy in ASK FOR THE MOON (New Players Theatre). Since graduating, Luciana has done voiceover work for BBC Radio and appeared in an in-house production for ITV. Luciana will be making her professional West End début in ON YOUR HONOUR.


STAN PRETTY
'Sir Harry'
Stan Pretty

Stan has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company (ROMEO AND JULIET, RICHARD II, MACBETH, THE BALCONY, as well as THE ROVER with Jeremy Irons at the Mermaid Theatre), in the West End, at the Royal Court (THE SHALLOW END with Nigel Terry and Jane Asher) and in theatres throughout the British Isles over many years. He has toured in productions in Australia (’ALLO ’ALLO), Germany (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK), France (WOLF LULLABY), the United States and Ireland (BURBAGE AND THE BARD) and in Ray Cooney’s farce THERE GOES THE BRIDE at Vienna’s English Theatre. He has appeared in numerous Christmas productions including Colin Wakefield and Kate Edgar’s ALADDIN and CINDERELLA, both at Salisbury Playhouse, and as Badger in Alan Bennett’s adaptation of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS at the Bristol Old Vic. He has also appeared in pantomime in Barnstaple with Jeff Holland (ALADDIN), and in Chipping Norton (SINBAD AND THE DIAMOND PRINCESS and MOTHER GOOSE). His film appearances include LEON THE PIG FARMER, JENNY’S WAR and GREAT MOMENTS IN AVIATION and on television BERGERAC, MINDER, BOON and DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE among others. Stan is also an experienced voice-over artist, broadcaster and prolific audiobook reader, including most recently Peter Carey’s award-winning THEFT: A LOVE STORY for Clipper Audio and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS for AudiBooksForFree.com. With Jonathan Milton he formed a small-scale touring company and together they have written, directed and played in three plays about Shakespeare. In recent years Stan has devised and directed four large-scale community plays in his home town of Amersham for which he was awarded an MBE.


JANET RAWSON
'Hilary'
Janet Rawson

Janet Rawson trained at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Her stage credits have included: Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT for the Bubble Theatre, Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET for the Cheung-Ying Theatre Company based in Hong Kong, and Bianca in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the Liverpool Everyman. Comedy roles are her absolute favourite and she has played Maureen in STAGS AND HENS at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and Jane in ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR and Kate in BEDROOM FARCE for The English Speaking Theatre, Frankfurt. She has also played her namesake Janet in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Swan Theatre, Worcester. Janet has also been fortunate to play in four pantomimes at Salisbury Playhouse written by Colin Wakefield and Kate Edgar: The Goose Fairy in MOTHER GOOSE, The Time Fairy in SLEEPING BEAUTY, the Ugly Sister, Donna, in CINDERELLA and Constable Leek in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Television credits include: Louise in CORONATION STREET, Polly in BROOKSIDE, Archangel Doreen in DEAD ERNEST, and Fran in WHALE MUSIC, but one of her most enjoyable roles had to be that of the valium-popping, Tia Maria-swigging Hilary Nutt in RESIDENTS, penned by the brilliant Tony Basgalop. Janet was also a regular children’s presenter for LET’S PRETEND. Janet is also a writer and four of her plays have been produced to date: THRILLING, THE LONESHES, 2049AD and MOPSY, FLOPSY AND DEATH. She is very proud of being one of the three founder members of Steps Drama Learning Development, the leading drama based training company in the UK.


ROGER LEACH
Writer
Roger was born in Australia and read English at Sydney University before training as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He worked in England for the rest of his life, and was probably best known as Sgt. Penny in THE BILL, the long-running TV police series, a part he played for six years. He was also a highly successful stage actor, whose leading roles included Lambert Le Roux in PRAVDA, Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Subtle in THE ALCHEMIST and Bluntschli in ARMS AND THE MAN. He also starred in musicals, including Peachum in THE THREEPENNY OPERA and Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY. For 18 years he toured with actor and musician Michael Lunts in a two-man show of their own devising called QUIRKISH DELIGHT. With Colin Wakefield he wrote two stage comedies – DOUBLE OR TWIN and ON YOUR HONOUR, as well as the thriller AUDIENCE WITH MURDER. All three of these plays have been translated into German by Raymund Stahl, with ON YOUR HONOUR (EHRENWORT) receiving its successful première in Innsbruck in November 2003. The plays are also published in Holland. In addition to his stage work, Roger wrote for TV, including episodes of THE BILL, EASTENDERS and MOON AND SON. He died in December 2001.

COLIN WAKEFIELD
Writer and Director

Colin was a law lecturer before training as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy. He now divides his time between acting, writing and directing. Acting roles include Victor in PRIVATE LIVES, Lloyd in NOISES OFF, the title role in THE MIKADO and Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD at the Trafalgar Studios and the New Ambassadors. He played Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the award-winning company Cheek by Jowl, in a production which toured to four continents. TV and film include RELATIVE STRANGERS, THE RECTOR’S WIFE, VANITY FAIR, STATE OF PLAY and Peter Knox QC in the Sky TV reconstruction of the HUTTON INQUIRY. Directing includes TABLE MANNERS, BUILDING BLOCKS and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (all for Jill Freud and Company), THE LESSON, THE DIARY OF A MADMAN and THE MADNESS (Tennyson’s MAUD) – a one-man show for Kenneth Branagh, and four pantomimes at Salisbury Playhouse. As well as writing three plays with Roger Leach he has written a new thriller with David Gillespie called SLEEP NO MORE, recently translated into Dutch and German. With composer Kate Edgar he has written eight traditional pantomimes for Salisbury Playhouse, and three actor/musician family musicals for Winchester Theatre Royal produced by Ian Liston’s Hiss and Boo Company. Nine of these titles are published by Josef Weinberger Plays. Kate and Colin have also written three musicals commissioned and performed by schools and youth groups, including an environmental piece for up to 300 students called WITCHWOOD. Colin has written a one-woman show for Pauline Gray called My Dear Howey, based on the letters of the first Countess Spencer of Althorp. This was performed in the Theatre Truck at the Brighton Festival in May 2006 and at the Southwold Summer Theatre in August 2007. He is currently writing a 30,000-line History of England in verse. He formed Double Honours Productions in 2005.

COLIN MAYES
Designer
Colin trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, creating designs for the inaugural season of The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. Theatre credits range from drama, opera and musicals to dance and cabaret shows, both here and abroad. Recent opera productions include DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and ALBERT HERRING, both for the New National Theatre, Tokyo; THE RING CYCLE for Covent Garden Festival and the world première of CRY OF INNOCENCE for Gye Nyame, Greenwich Festival. Recent theatre includes THE WILD PARTY, Electric Theatre, Guildford; the British première of SIDESHOW at the Yvonne Arnaud, currently being re-mounted in Houston, Texas; LADY DAY at Emmerson’s Bar & Grill, Hampstead and West End. Colin is delighted to return to Double Honours Productions and the Jermyn Street Theatre after last year’s successful production of AUDIENCE WITH MURDER. Alongside his designing career, Colin is also an established actor and commissioned playwright.

NICK KIDD
Director:
Theatre Maketa
Nick’s interest in Theatre began in the Bear Pit Society at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, where he won the school prize. His first job was a spotlight operator at Lewisham Concert Hall. He was then a stage hand on several West End shows before moving into Stage Management. After many years working in small-scale touring he became company manager and lighting designer for Cheek by Jowl. During this time the company won two Olivier Awards and toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia and South America. He is
also a writer: his first play was an adaptation of THE DAUGHTER OF TIME and his first original work, D.Q.BLUES, was followed by THE BALANCE and TALKING, TALKING HEADS. As director of Theatre Maketa he designed and built Theatre Truck, a 30-seat mobile theatre, which has won awards at the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals

PETER ADSHEAD
Company Stage Manager
Peter initially studied at Manchester University (BA Theatre Studies & English). Following this he trained at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and embarked on a successful career in Stage & Company Management. He subsequently trained as an actor with The Actors Company. Roles have included, amongst many others, Willy Carson in Edward Bond’s THE SEA, Malateste in Webster’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI in the West End, Yepihodov in THE CHERRY ORCHARD and Karsten Bernick in Ibsen’s THE
PILLARS OF SOCIETY. As a director he has worked on productions of THE CHERRY
ORCHARD and THE RIVALS. He works regularly for The Hiss and Boo Company (Company Stage Manager) and Drama Centre London (Production Manager) and has just completed a season working for Jill Freud and Company at Southwold and Aldburgh (Production Co-ordinator). He is Artistic Director of Hollow Crown Productions, a company he formed in partnership with ex-RSC actor Andrew Jarvis, and has a number of projects in development for production in 2008. Peter is a member of the Theatrical Management Association.

RYAN BURKWOOD
Assistant Stage Manager
Although acting is Ryan’s main pursuit he has always had a keen interest in backstage work, having stage managed the Chingford Festival (an event that attracts around 4,000 people a year) on a number of occasions. Ryan also regularly works with T.I.E. companies, becoming the youngest ever Production Supervisor with one of them at
18. Ryan is currently studying Acting at Drama Centre London (BA Hons), and is about to enter his second year of training.

BARBARA KIRBY
Production Associate
For several years Barbara was the Producer of the Edinburgh Festival “Pick of the “Fringe” shows, which showcase theatre, music and comedy acts in a different live show every day. She has also worked as the Production Assistant on corporate theatre and promotional films. As an actress, she appeared last year as Violet Bradman at the Savoy Theatre in a six-month run of BLITHE SPIRIT. Other recent theatre work includes Susan in Alan Ayckbourn’s WOMAN IN MIND at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, for which she received a nomination as Best Actress for the Manchester Evening News Awards. She has played five other aggrieved Ayckbourn wives, including a tour of THE NORMAN CONQESTS, where she first worked with Colin Wakefield. She toured with the English Touring Theatre in Ibsen’s JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN and with the Oxford Stage Company in THE CIRCLE. Her favourite roles during numerous repertory seasons include Mrs. Malaprop in THE RIVALS, Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, the title role in THE COUNTRY WIFE, Christine in THE MAINTENANCE MAN, Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT and Judith Bliss in HAY FEVER. TV work includes the latest series of THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, THE REMORSEFUL DAY (the final episode of INSPECTOR MORSE), COR BLIMEY, BODILY HARM, DIRTY TRICKS, a headmistress in EASTENDERS and several episodes of THE BILL.


On Your Honour:  The Play   Production Information Biographies  Reviews  Other Information


Luciana Lawlor
Photographer: Gemma Mount
Reviews
In these troubled times what joy it is to find a brand new and extremely funny bedroom farce played with panache and perfect timing by a spirited company.

The setting is the honeymoon suite of a five-star Birmingham hotel, with a king-size water bed centre stage and four well-placed doors, robust enough to withstand the comings and goings of the cast as well as the rigours of touring that will surely follow this well-received launch.

Alister Cameron’s prudish bachelor Hugo and Philip Childs’s married Nick are rival QCs with adjoining rooms, attending a weekend gathering of lawyers.

Hugo is desperate to impress the homophobic Lord Chancellor (Stan Pretty) who has the say-so about the next High Court Judge. But Nick plans to bed his eager young secretary Toni, played with wit and glamour by lissom Luciana Lawlor in eye-catching boudoir fashions.

Reputations are at stake when Nick’s spendthrift wife Hilary turns up unexpectedly, quickly followed by her spinster sister Liz who secretly dotes on Hugo, plus Greg Gillespie making an impressive West End debut as the knowing room service clerk in search of his long-lost parents.

Trousers drop, doors slam, champagne corks pop and the backstage staff produce endless plates of smoked-salmon sandwiches to fuel a plot that defies simple explanation.
THE STAGE (John Thaxter)

Given that working in the legal profession might occasionally seem to be a farce, any lawyer is likely to find it a pleasant change to view that farce from the outside. That change would be ‘On Your Honour’, a quaintly ‘normal’ piece of comedy theatre running for just three weeks at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London.

With a small cast that nonetheless virtually overruns the tiny stage when everyone is on at the close, ‘On Your Honour’ is a diverting and well-paced farce, featuring a judgeship-hunting QC’s hidden family, unrequited love, a near-miss of an affair, and the power-mad rantings of a randy Lord Chancellor.

Only one of these elements was personally recognisable to the Gazette, but the combination of trousers-down comedy with a healthy dose of liberal moralising – homophobia is bad, affairs are naughty, women should be allowed to have children and a career – made for an amusing hour and a half in the company of that oft-maligned beast, the Great British Farce.

For an opening night, no cues were obviously missed, timing for laughs was generally on the money, and though generally one need not care greatly about farce characters, ‘On Your Honour’ manages to pull on a few heartstrings as well. The confusion so essential to farce is executed well, with the audience trotting along happily guessing each twist just before it unfurls.

Every cast member gives a good account, but the triangle of leading man Philip Childs, who plays the failed philanderer Nick Willmott QC, Luciana Lawlor, his potential paramour, and Janet Rawson as Nick’s wife is a good one. Stan Pretty, who plays the Lord Chancellor Sir Harry Lumsden-Clark, is dutifully lecherous and has the rubber face to match Sir Harry’s alternate angry and amorous moods.

‘On Your Honour’ is written by ex-law lecturer Colin Wakefield and Roger Leach, recognisable for playing Sergeant Penny in ‘The Bill’ in the 1980s and 1990s. Mr Wakefield admitted to the Gazette that he had never practised as a solicitor, but his pokes at the interminable nature of legal conferences, the stuffiness of barristers and a Lord Chancellor who self-righteously yells ‘clean up the bar!’ while ogling girls half his age shows his guesswork is good enough to pass muster. Well worth a ticket if you are in town with a night to spare this month.
LAW SOCIETY GAZETTE (Rupert White)


Alister Cameron
Photographer: Gemma Mount
It’s good to laugh. Certainly it was yesterday… I’m two flats down. And two grand. As flat number two has only just fallen through I’m licking my (rather expensive) wounds and trying hard to raise a glimmer of a smile.

So ON YOUR HONOUR was a bit of a godsend last night… There was a packed house for the opening at the incredibly cosy Jermyn Street Theatre – it seats no more than 100 and we sat so close to the stage we might as well have been on it. Set entirely in a hotel bedroom… [the play] is fantastically well acted, tightly directed and provides that rarest of opportunities these days – a chance to laugh out loud.
ALLABOUTYOU (Bernadette Fallon – Editor)

On Your Honour
was first produced in its German translation (EHRENWORT) at the Kellertheater, Innsbruck, in 2004. (Please note new German title: ENGLISCHE PERÜCKEN)

Brilliant world première of the comedy On Your Honour… Tears, slamming of doors, little lies and boxed ears – until all that remains is the truth, and nothing but the truth: an astonishing and terrific climax… A smash-hit comedy.
KRONENZEITUNG


Other Information
ON YOUR HONOUR was published in February 2008 by JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580 2827) who handle contracts, professional and amateur, and to whom all enquiries should be addressed.

It is also available in the following translations: 

German: ENGLISCHE PERÜCKEN (translated by Raymund Stahl)
Rights handled by Whale Songs Communications www.whalesongs.de (or contact Colin Wakefield colwake@btinternet.com

Dutch: ZUIVER DE BALIE! (translated by Maja Reinderman)
Published by Toneeluitgeverij VINK B.V., Postbus 36 – 1800 AA ALKMAAR, The Netherlands (or contact Colin Wakefield colwake@btinternet.com)

French: PAROLE D'HONNEUR (translated by Sally Micaleff)
Contact Colin Wakefield colwake@btinternet.com

Italian: SUL TUO ONORE (translated by Maria Teresa Petruzzi)
Contact Colin Wakefield colwake@btinternet.com

Swedish and Polish translations are in preparation..


Janet Rawson
Photographer: Gemma Mount








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