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Are You Being Served? at Stirling Theatre

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Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Mr Grainger (Peter Boylen, left), Mr Humphries (Sean Bullock) and Mr Lucas (Owen Phillips) in Are You Being Served?


All the innuendo, misunderstandings, mistaken identity and farce of the popular TV comedy series Are You Being Served? are being brought to stage in all their original glory at Stirling Theatre. Directed by Andrew Watson, the stage version is written by the show's creators David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Captain Peacock (David Gribble, right) is taken aback when Mrs Slocombe (Jenny Wren) talks about her pet cat.


Double-entendres fly as the motley crew of Grace Brothers department store, including Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock and Miss Brahms, prepare for a sale of German goods. They head off for a staff holiday at a one-star Spanish hotel and only have a nun's habit, bowler hat and pair of Union Jack knickers to survive everything remains intact except their modesty.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Mr Mash (Bob Charteris) gets sucked in with a vacuum cleaner and a mannequin in Are You Being Served?

"I love putting these old TV comedies on stage because they were hugely popular and have a wide appeal, not only to people that know the shows, but with the humour that spans generations," Andrew said. "There are challenges, such as some of the effects in the second act that I'm still trying to get my head around."

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Young Mr Grace (David Young, right) believes his nurse (Ginny Moore Price) has done "very well".


Performing from age nine, Andrew has acted across Australia and directed numerous productions through the years. He stepped away from directing in 1999 but got the taste again when filling in on a show and then followed it with Please Sit on My Throne, which was written for him specifically.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Are You Being Served? features Roxanne O'Connor, left, as Miss Brahms and Jenny Wren as Mrs Slocombe.

"I love bringing shows to life and get a real kick out of watching actors embody their characters," Andrew said. "With Are You Being Served? I need to push my actors to study the show and their characters to get as close to the real thing as possible. But essentially I just want to make the show as funny as I possibly can with the audience going along for the ride."

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Mr Humphries (Sean Bullock) tries to measure up a lady customer (Melissa Cruikshank) with disastrous results.


Sean Bullock plays Mr Humphries... or Mr Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries, to give him his full name. "He's a very camp shop assistant, who is dedicated to his job," Sean said. "He's very progressive and liberal with his morals, as well as his social circles, and brings excitement to the store.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Mr Humphries (Sean Bullock, right) leaps into action with Captain Peacock (David Gribble) in Are You Being Served?

"The voice is the hardest part because I have quite a deep voice and have to raise it a few octaves. It's also exciting to play someone unlike me because it creates more of a challenge."

Acting while at school, Sean's initial preference was working backstage but in the past few years, he has been bitten by the acting bug. He previously has appeared in two Noel Coward plays, Hands Across The Sea and Relative Values, at Melville Theatre and several versions of the award-winning The Broken Slipper at Playlovers, Stirling and Limelight Theatres and Fringe World.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Captain Peacock (David Gribble, left) and Mr Humphries (Sean Bullock) tackle a menacing mannequin.


More recently, Sean has appeared in Equus, Cash on Delivery and One Man, Two Guvnors. "I have watched Are You Being Served? on and off for years and have always loved the show and character of Mr Humphries," he said.

Are You Being Served? plays at 8pm July 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, August 1, 2 and 3 with 2pm matinees July 21 and 28. Tickets are $22, $20 concession book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/ZGUG. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

Are You Bering Served? Stirling Theatre, comedy, play, performing arts, Mr Humphries, Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, humour
Are You Being Served? features Melissa Cruikshank, left, Roxanne O'Connor, Jenny Wren, Peter Neaves, Ginny Moore Price, David Young, David Gribble, Peter Boylen, Bob Charteris, Owen Phillips and Sean Bullock.

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Why? Are You Being Served? has always been a favourite, simply for being a bit naughty and this is a chance to see icons of British comedy brought to life once more.
When: 8pm July 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, August 1, 2 & 3; 2pm July 21 & 28
Phone: Morris News 9446 9120
Where: Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $22, $20 concession
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