A dinner date
with a difference

After the great success that was The Carnival at Glenduff, Longford theatre goers have another treat in store in the form of the latest production from the Beezneez Theatre Company called ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’.

After the great success that was The Carnival at Glenduff, Longford theatre goers have another treat in store in the form of the latest production from the Beezneez Theatre Company called ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’.

This production is a frenzied comedy of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. Directed by John McDwyer and featuring Eileen Murphy, along with a host of actors from across the midlands and North West, this show has been going down a storm on the tour so far, with sell out performances and standing ovations galore.

When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cosy weekend with his new mistress. His bachelor pal Robert calls to announce his return from Hong Kong, so Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook to cater a delicious dinner. But when Jacqueline realises that Robert is coming for a visit everything changes, and the high speed farce begins!

The Longford Leader caught up with Eileen Murphy, who plays the character of Jacqueline, to find out more about her experience in this most recent Beezneez Theatre production.

“Don’t Dress for Dinner is a farce, but it’s very very funny,” said Ms Murphy. “We’ve had great fun doing it and the audiences are really loving it. I’ve worked with some of the cast before so it’s great to be back with them again.”

Describing her own character within the production, Ms Murphy said “I play Jacqueline, a forceful wife who knows how to get her own way.”

Speaking about director John McDwyer, Ms Murphy points out that she has known John for years and “it’s always a pleasure to work for him.”

Don’t Dress for Dinner started its tour on June 24 and has enjoyed a positive response from audiences throughout the midlands and North West.

“People who visit the show simply sit back and witness a series of ridiculous situations. They are always telling me after the show that it was the best laugh they have had in a long time,” said Ms Murphy, who previously played Madge in the 2010 Canal Studio production of Philadelphia Here I Come.

In describing the difference between Philadelphia Here I Come and Don’t Dress for Dinner Ms Murphy believes that farce is a lot more difficult.

“The timing has to be spot on – entrances etc... It’s very exacting and it’s certainly one of the more difficult forms of theatre. There is a lot more work that has to go into it,” she said. “In this production, audiences can look forward to pure escapism.”

Don’t Dress for Dinner comes Backstage Theatre, Longford on Wed 27 and Thurs 28 July. Tickets €18/€16 available on 043 33 47888, from Farrell & Coy in Longford town or online on www.backstage.ie