HONEYMOON FROM HELL
A bisexual approximate take on Noel Coward’s Private Lives set to music – this could have fallen so flatly. But thanks to a talented cast, a fun script and some delightful songs it was an utter win as the two unsympathetic couples embarked upon this farce that suspended disbelief so effectively we barely flinched at the initial loveless set up.Barrelling though a tale of past loves, future hopes and a marvellous soap drama queen, each character was so well performed and utterly believable, from the first shrewish demand to the last poisoned chalice.
HONEYMOON FROM HELL was first performed in the 1997 Brighton Festival at the Marlborough Theatre.
It was a "Private Lives for the nineties"; famous soap star Theresa Van Guilgud honeymooned with her actor husband, Matthew, only to discover to her horror that her ex-girlfriend Rachel was also on honeymoon, in the next room!!
It returned to the Brighton Festival in May 2011, this time as a musical, books & lyrics by Nigel Fairs and music by Adam Rood.
HONEYMOON FROM HELL
Lesbian soap queen Theresa Van Guilgud pays an out of work actor £4,000 to marry her in a wedding splashed over HELLO magazine, then on honeymoon discovers with horror that her ex-lover is also on honeymoon in the next apartment. All hell breaks loose.
The fact that the author of this play, Nigel Fairs, based a character on a vile woman he went on holiday with says something of how he chooses his holiday partners. It's also sound, then, to assume that when we meet Theresa Van Guilgud on stage she's going to be an absolute horror.
"The play is about motives and pretend motives," says Nigel, "The sexual complexities create more danger. It also makes for some bizarre bedroom arrangements where a love triangle might become a love pentagon! In this play, everyone ends up with the wrong person!"
HONEYMOON FROM HELL is the comical gloss beneath which Nigel explores his own feelings of guilt, of making mistakes with other people, of coping with things in terms of relationships and affections. How does he expect his play to affect the audience?
"I hope they'll be thoughtful, with a smile on their face and a tear in their eye," he says, with a smile.
G SCENE, May 1997
Marlborough Theatre May 1997
cast: Caroline Burns Cook (Theresa), Jackie Skarvellis (Meredith), Nigel Fairs (Matthew), Jo Castleton (Rachel), Paul Fisher-Davies (Max) Directed by Gerald Sexton, set designer Jaimie Todd, Lighting and Sound by Paul Griffin & Justin Brentnall
Brighton Festival, May 2011.
cast: KATE DYSON (Theresa), NIGEL FAIRS (Matthew), SUZANNE PROCTER (Rachel), Lewis Rae (Max) Director LOUISE JAMESON, Musical Director ADAM ROOD