UK PM, Chancellor face taxing time at Garrick

Alan Morris plays the UK prime minister in Pardon Me, Prime Minister at Garrick Theatre with Bassendean resident Carly Ranger as Shirley Springer.
Alan Morris plays the UK prime minister in Pardon Me, Prime Minister at Garrick Theatre with Bassendean resident Carly Ranger as Shirley Springer.

Ranger is playing Shirley Springer in Pardon Me, Prime Minister ” which proves parliamentary life is anything but boring.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham, and directed by theatre stalwart Fred Petersen, Pardon Me, Prime Minister is a laugh-a-minute romp as skeletons in the closet come back to haunt the UK prime minister.

Pardon Me, Prime Minister is set on the night the prime minister and chancellor plan a budget that will tax bingo, nightclubs and gambling out of existence, but before its presentation a young woman appears revealing both of them could be her father.

Intent on removing most of her clothes in his office, the woman’s dress ends up on the prime minister’s wife ” and, in another parenting disclosure with far-reaching consequences, the parliamentary secretary might actually be the prime minister’s son.

Ms Ranger said Shirley can’t seem to keep her clothes on and is completely comfortable in her own skin.

‘She’s bright and cheerful and, although she stirs up a bit of trouble for the dear prime minister, she is completely kind at heart,’ she said.

‘Shirley tries to do what’s best for everyone and goes about it the only way she knows how.

‘My role requires some stripping off and I don’t have a perfect body (who has) ” but as an actor it’s all about how you play the character.

‘That’s how I aim to do it and will give it my best shot.’