By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by: Ellis Jones
Few playwrights have delighted audiences with inventive and original comedies as much as Alan Ayckbourn. In this witty play he turns his attention to the world of the amateur dramatic company.
A production of "The Beggars' Opera" provides an opportunity for a lonely newcomer to make his innocent progress from walk-on to leading man by way of most of the female members of the company.
Ayckbourn provides a delightful cross section of provincial am dram society and touches the serious that lies behind the satire. Enjoyment guaranteed. Archive.org
Excerpt from Teach Yourself Acting by Ellis Jones
"I was with Nick Barter at the Chinese piece this evening, the former RADA Principal whose deputy I was for a decade or so, and we constantly reflect on how privileged we were to steer so many significant actors through their training. (I directed Tom in “A Chorus of Disapproval” where he brought nimble charm to the part of a sweet old man – somewhat different to the steely hunk"