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Caught in the Net at Limelight Theatre

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More strife with double life and two wives
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John Smith (Gordon Park, centre) finds his life with two wives has become even more complicated now children are involved: Gavin (Josh Flaherty, left), Barbara (Colleen Hopkins), Mary (Fiona Forster) and Vicki (Jenna McGougan-Shaw).


A sequel to the smash hit Run For Your Wife is set to make audiences at Limelight Theatre cry with laughter all over again. Written by master-of-farce Ray Cooney and directed by 50-year theatre veteran Susan Vincent, Caught in the Net is set 18 years later with taxi driver John Smith still a bigamist.

He keeps his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. But his teenage children - a girl from one family and a boy from the other - have met on the internet and are keen to meet, given they have so much in common including their fathers having the same name, age and occupation.

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In Caught in the Net, Mary Smith (Fiona Forster, right) remains blissfully unaware that husband John (Gordon Park) has another family.


When John realises his children are about to encounter each other, he frantically tries to keep them apart aided and abetted by his lodger Stanley. Mayhem ensues as the situation spirals out of control and John juggles the truth more and more outrageously.

Cooney is a veteran playwright, renowned for his successful farces, including Charlie Girl, Move Over Mrs Markham, Wife Begins at Forty, Out of Order and Not Now, Darling, which have been translated into more than 40 languages. In 2005, he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to drama.

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Lodger Stanley (Chris McCafferty, left) and his father (Roger Oakes) manage to complicate matters further in Caught in the Net.

"Caught in the Net is extremely fast-paced, so timing is everything," Susan said. "The cast have to be spot-on with delivering their lines and getting on and off stage the play doesn't have any pauses, it just keeps moving".

"It's also physically challenging for lead actor Gordon Park, who is reprising the role of John Smith.The set also has to be well-built and solid for the action that takes place."

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Caught in the Net director Susan Vincent, centre back, with her cast Josh Flaherty, Roger Oakes, Collen Hopkins, Gordon Park, Fiona Forster, Chris McCafferty and Jenna McGougan-Shaw.


A professionally trained actress and singer from the UK, Susan trained at the Carona London Stage School and was a pop singer in the 1960s, recording three singles on the Decca label. She came to WA in 1974 to work for Frank Baden Powell at his old-time music hall and then had an 11-year stint with the WA Opera Company before moving to Kalgoorlie where she worked for ABC radio and a local television station.

Over the years, Susan has acted, directed, stage-managed and worked on sets for the Graduate Dramatic Society, Playlovers, Goldfields Repertory and the Old Mill, Bindoon, Melville, Stirling, Limelight, Marloo and Garrick Theatres. With many awards for acting and directing, she was named best actress in a musical for her role in Blitz!, also scoring a Finley Award nomination.

"When I directed Run For Your Wife at Limelight Theatre in 2016 it was extremely popular, so I decided to direct the sequel because it continues the story and has a brilliant ending," Susan said.

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Caught in the Net finds Vicki (Jenna McGougan-Shaw, left) sulking as her father John (Gordon Park) tries to lay down the law.


Gordon Park has returned to the play the role of John Smith. "I'm always attracted to a Ray Cooney farce and am always attracted to any comedy directed by Susan Vincent," he said. "Given it's a sequel to Run For Your Wife, which I appeared in two years ago, I wanted the chance to continue on and play the same character."

Involved in theatre for the past 29 years, Gordon came to WA in 1988 and has performed in a plethora of productions with Limelight, Playlovers, Stirling, Harbour, Old Mill and Marloo Theatres. "The main challenge in Caught in the Net comes with getting the timing and pace absolutely right given that, as with all farces, the play has a lot of props and action," he said.

Caught in the Net plays at 8pm May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 with a 2pm matinee May 6. Tickets are $21, $18 concession book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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Barbara Smith (Colleen Hopkins, left) and son Gavin (Josh Flaherty) have no idea about the secret double life in Caught in the Net.

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Why? Run For Your Wife is the most successful comedy farce of all time, written by someone recognised as the absolute best playwright in this genre and the sequel is just as good, keeping the laughs coming.
When: 8pm May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12; 2pm May 6
Phone: 0499 954 016
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo
Cost: $21, $18 concession
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