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Tom, Dick and Harry at Limelight

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Raymond George Alfred Cooney, OBE is a legend in British Theatre. Now 82, Cooney has written twenty-four plays, seventeen of which have appeared in the West End.

His play Run For your Wife ran on the West End for nine years. Other hits of his include Who Were You With Last Night? Chase me, Comrade, Stand by Your Bedouin, Move Over Mrs. Markham, Not Now, Darling and Run for Your Wife.

Tom, Dick and Harry, Limelight Theatre, Ray Cooney, Michael Cooney, Farce
Andrew Govey, Gordon Park and Chris Juckes play the title characters in the farce Tom, Dick and Harry (Photograph courtesy of Limelight)

His plays mostly fall into the pure English bawdy farce overlaid with added complications and misunderstandings.

In 2004 he wrote a play with his son, Michael, also a playwright and screenwriter. This was called Tom, Dick and Harry and it is this play, a good old-fashioned farce, that Limelight Theatre are producing this October.

The play is the story of Tom Kerwood and his two useless brothers, Dick and Harry.

Tom, Dick and Harry, Limelight Theatre, Ray Cooney, Michael Cooney, Farce
Eastern European businessman Boris (Justin Vallow, left) cops a blow from Harry (Andrew Govey) in Tom, Dick and Harry (Photograph courtesy of Limelight)

The plot is a necessary adjunct to the enjoyment, but we need not concern ourselves with that.

Director Bob Mainwaring says: "It's a bit of change to have a farce which is not a 'trouser-dropping comedy', so to speak. 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."

Tom, Dick and Harry plays from October the 2nd to the 18th. Tickets are $21, $18 concession and $16 children and may be booked on 9571 8591 or online.

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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Why? A rip-roaring Cooney farce
When: 8:00pm
Phone: 9571 8591
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo, Western Australia
Cost: $21, $18 concession and $16 children
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