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Touch and Go at Garrick

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A jolly sexy adulterous suburban farce
Director Alice Dale: "Derek Benfield is a master of comedy but I was more familiar with him as an actor, appearing in films and TV series such as his Walter Greenhalgh in Coronation Street, Mr Scrimshaw in First of the Summer Wine and the husband in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Back then I had no idea he was he was also a brilliant playwright and that he has written more than thirty stage plays, every one of them a hit."

Touch and Go, Alice Dale, Garrick Theatre, Isaia, Derek Benfield
George, Brian and Hilary (Photograph courtesy of Garrick Theatre)

Touch and Go, by Benfield, is a classic British farce and like all farces, it begins with a lie, followed by confusion and at least one pretty girl in her underwear.

Director Dale has been fortunate to get well-known acting and long-time friends husband and wife team Joe and Kylie Isaia to play the husband, Brian, and wife, Hilary.

Touch and Go, Alice Dale, Garrick Theatre, Isaia, Derek Benfield
Brian (Joe Isaia) (Photograph courtesy of Garrick Theatre)

Brian ostensibly takes up jogging to work off the long 'business lunches' but really to spend time with his popsy Wendy at his friend George's flat. George doesn't mind because he's using the time to hook up with Brian's wife Hilary.

Everything's going swimmingly until Brian's wife, Jessica turns up unexpectedly in this adulterous, suburban comedy of Touch and Go.

Joe Isaia says of Brian: "It is a madcap role that requires comic timing, and is a foil to the antics of the others who are trying madly to escape the discovery of their infidelities."

Director Dale has spent her professional life in theatre and TV in the UK and Perth and her television appearances include The Gift and Lockie Leonard and Thunderstruck.

Touch and Go, Alice Dale, Garrick Theatre, Isaia, Derek Benfield
Brian Hilary and Wendy in Touch and Go (Photograph courtesy of Garrick Theatre)

She said: "The script for Touch and Go was the first time she found herself laughing out aloud on the first read. "Having spent so much of my acting career in comedy, I tend to read a comedy with a very critical eye, deciding what will get laughs and what won't," she said. "I knew this show would give an audience such a fun night out.

Touch and Go runs at the Garrick Theatre from November 24th to December 10th. Matinees on November 27 and December 4 at 2:00pm.

Tickets cost $20 (adults), $17 (concession) and may be obtained by ringing Elaine on 9378 1990 or emailing:

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Why? An hilarious aduterous suburban comedy
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (matinees)
Phone: 9378 1990
Where: Garrick Theatre, 10 Meadow Street, Guidford
Cost: $20 (Adults), $17 (Concession)
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