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Petroleum Development Oman's local community theatre triggers laughter riot with crazy Bedroom Farce.

Muscat: From an old married couple to newlyweds, friends and exes, the Ras Al Hamra Amateur Dramatics Society's cast of Bedroom Farce had its audiences in stitches as it explored the dynamics of different relationships. The play, written in 1975 by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Brian Greenhalgh, is about the relationship of four different couples and their various connections. It takes place in three bedrooms, that of Ernest and Delia, who are celebrating many years of marriage, that of newlyweds, Malcolm and Kate, who are using their room as a place to keep guests' coats during a housewarming party, and that of Nick and Jan, where Nick is stuck in bed with a sore back. Full of antics and funny lines, the play examines the routine of a long-married couple, the insecurities one can face in a relationship, the playful side of young love, tensions brought about by exes' presence, and the love-hate relationship between in-laws. There were also some cute changes to the lines to make references to local things like the Muttrah Souq and Nawras, giving it an Omani flavour. The production brought together an international cast of amateur actors. With two Brits, an Omani, a Norwegian, a Kiwi, a Dutch, a Turk and an American, they brought a modern twist to the play. The variety of accents and people made it seem like a contemporary cosmopolitan circle of family and friends in which cross-cultural marriages are more common. While there were a few minor mistakes with lines, perhaps due to nerves, the actors were able to recover smoothly and gracefully, continuing the action. Each of the cast members showed commitment and passion, and although they are amateurs, they showed an abundance of talent. Julian Masters, in the role of Ernest, and Rosie Reddy, as his wife Delia, were especially entertaining and every bit professional, revealing experience and a high level of comfort on stage. Muscat may not have a theatre culture like New York's Broadway or London's West End, but seeing a delightful production like this certainly makes one wish there were a lot more opportunities to see live plays in Oman. To get in touch with the reporter:

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Apr 8, 2014
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