Triple je0pardy of brotherly love

Andrew Govey, Gordon Park and Chris Juckes play the leads in Tom, Dick and Harry.
Andrew Govey, Gordon Park and Chris Juckes play the leads in Tom, Dick and Harry.

Written by veteran playwright Ray Cooney and his son Michael, Tom, Dick and Harry is the story of Tom Kerwood and his wife trying to adopt a baby.

But their attempts to impress a busybody social worker are jeopardised by Tom’s useless brothers Dick and Harry.

Their antics involve illegal immigrants, the Russian mafia and local police, as well as a dead body they plan to sell to a medical school.

‘Throw a few Croatian stowaways into the mix and you have the makings of a hilarious evening,’ director Bob Mainwaring said.

‘It’s a bit of change to have a farce which is not a trouser-dropping comedy, so to speak.

‘I was attracted to the integrity of the writers and their commitment to giving a balanced mix of visual and verbal humour in everyday situations.’

Mainwaring said his main challenge for Tom, Dick and Harry was the timing.

‘The key is orchestrating it effectively during fast-moving action, matched with the smooth use of special effects and a fairly large cast on stage at any one time,’ he said. ‘Farce is a challenge in many ways because pace and timing are vital to carry the plot before the audience catches on to just how daft it may be.’