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Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Chrisjohn Hancock


  By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd

March 2008



Noises Off was first presented by arrangement with Michael Codron at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on 23rd February 1982




Dotty Otley


Fiona Churchill

Lloyd Dallas


Brian Hill

Garry Lejeune


Terry Phillips

Brooke Ashton


Erin Williams

Poppy Norton- Taylor


Heather Edwards

Frederick Fellowes


David Rayner

Belinda Blair


Sally Bradley

Selsdon Mowbray


Bruce Gerard

Tim Allgood


Shane Daly


The cast of Noises Off are performing a play called Nothing On, an extract of the programme of which follows


Synopsis of Scenes


The living room of the Brents’ country home.

Wednesday afternoon

(Grand Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare, Monday, January 14th)


There will be an interval of 20 minutes

during which refreshments will be on sale in the foyer



The living room of the Brents’ country home.

Wednesday afternoon

(Theatre Royal, Goole, Wednesday matinee, February 13th)


There will be an interval of 5 minutes

during which refreshments will be on sale in the auditorium



The living room of the Brents’ country home.

Wednesday afternoon

(Municipal Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees,

Saturday, April 6th)





Stage manager


Martin Yeadon

Assistant stage manager


Emily Bradley

Set Construction




Pauline J Mullen

Assisted by


Jen Nell



Erin Williams, Heather Edwards & the cast



Doreen Mullen

Lights rigging


Shane Daly, James McPaul

Lights operated by


James McPaul

Sound recorded by


Peter McLaren

Sound operated by


Andrew Rayner

Scenic painting


Lee Gray, Chrisjohn Hancock



Jo Dorman, Emily Bradley, Lachlan Edwards

Front of House Management


Lee Gray, Colin Simson



Craig Edwards

Newsletter Editor


Greg Seckold



Doreen Mullen, Rose Hill, Janette

The Lieder would like to thank

Michael Connolly Chemmart for taking advance bookings, and all those who have loaned costumes, props and assisted on this production.



The Real CAST


Fiona Churchill Dotty / Mrs Clackett

Fiona joined the Lieder in 1995 to play in Golden Valley and since then has been seen in many productions including the Farndale Murder Mystery, Oliver, Hamlet, Blackrock, Under Milk Wood, Cosi, The Removalists and On the Bridge, Habeas Corpus Sylvia, The Vagina Monologues, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Minefields and Miniskirts, Inheritance, Blithe Spirit, The Odd Couple (female version), Fireface, Round and Round the Garden, Aladdin The Memory of Water and Equus. Fiona has also worked as a lighting operator and is currently coordinating charity nights for the mainstage.



Shane DalyTim the stage manager

Shane has been attending Judith Boyd’s after school drama classes at the Lieder for a number of years. Last year he stage managed and performed in Equus, stage managed The Cripple of Inishmaan and operated sound for our Christmas production of Footrot Flats.  This year he was one of eight stage managers in our spectacular Blues Festival fire show Firesong. His understanding of the role of a stage manager has helped him appreciate the character of Tim in Noises Off maybe more than he realises. We hope he will stay on with the Company for many more shows.


Heather EdwardsPoppy the ASM

Heather was last on stage at the Lieder in Blithe Spirit directed by Stan Henderson before heading to Tasmania for a while but now she is back. In 2004 Heather performed in Away, the world premiere production of The Ballad of Mary Ann Brownlow, so successful it is to be revived for the third time this year, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and the rehearsed reading of Minefields and Miniskirts. In 2002 Heather played in our comedy production of Habeas Corpus, and in 2001 she performed in Dracula and Oliver Twist. Her previous roles at the Lieder include the Mouse with the Long tail in Alice in Wonderland, a lovely collection of Welsh women in our 1999 production of Under Milkwood, and Thelma in Stan Henderson’s hilarious production of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society murder Mystery – Murder at Checkmate Manor.


Bruce GerardSelsdon / The Burglar

Bruce was last seen on stage at the Lieder in Judith Boyd’s impressive production of Equus last year. Before that he has played in Habeas Corpus, La dispute, Under Milkwood, Inheritance, Humpty Dumpty, Hamlet and A Month of Sunday. For the Argyle Society Bruce has performed in The Merry Widow, Trial by Jury, Sweethearts, and Pirates of Penzance.


Brian Hill – Lloyd the Director

Brian returned to Goulburn in 2003 after a long absence living in Sydney and immediately became involved in the Company’s work assisting on the production of A Month of Sundays and Forks’n All. Brian was last seen on the Lieder mainstage in The Tempest and before that Treasure Island, Inheritance Babes in the Wood and Old Time Music Hall. He also performed in our 2005 foyer production of Fireface.


David RaynerFrederick / Phillip

David made his debut on stage at the age of nine in the Rockhampton Little Theatre’s Wizard of Oz. He subsequently appeared on the small screen (briefly) with the crew from Aunty Jack in the ABC’s Flash Nick from Jindavick. David has been an active member of the Argyle Society and appeared in their productions of Godspell, The Grand Duke and La Belle Helene. With the Argyle Society he co-wrote and directed Who Murdered Lenny the Louse, which was so successful it had a return season. David is currently studying drawing at ANU and singing at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium For the Lieder David has performed in our 2003 Christmas production of Old Time Music Hall directed by Stan Henderson, Away, our peace celebration at St Saviour’s Cathedral Forks’n All (a feast for peace), The Ballad of Mary Ann Brownlow, The Memory of Water and Round and Round the Garden. He was last seen at the Lieder as Prince Charles and Cecil the Ram in Footrot flats.


Terry PhillipsGarry/ Roger

Terry has performed at the Lieder in Pinocchio, Habeas Corpus, Babes in the Wood, Oliver Twist, Dracula, and Treasure Island. He joined the Company in 1999 to play the stripper in Blackrock and has also performed in John Spicer’s 2000 production of Dark of the Moon. Terry stage managed our foyer productions of The Man Who, La Dispute which toured to Tuggeranong, and the Lieder Youth Theatre production of I= CAN performed around the Southern Tablelands and at Smoke Free Burning Boards Youth Festival in the ACT.


Erin Williams- Brooke / Vicky

Erin lives in Canberra and we are thrilled that she is keen enough to travel to be in shows at the Lieder. She became a member of the Lieder in 1993 and has been involved in the company since. Her favourite shows in that time include The Lesson, Cosi, Dinkum Assorted, Red Rining Hood, Blackrock, Under Milkwood and Charley’s Aunt. Erin has also worked behind the scenes as stage manager, lighting and sound operator and as a committee member of the Lieder. With the Lieder Youth Theatre Company Erin has performed in the Goulburn Regional Arts Bash (GRAB Fest), Passionsong, and two Regional Youth Theatre Festivals hosted by the Lieder. In 1995 she directed Magic Island for the Youth Theatre Co. In 1998 she travelled to the Czech Republic and the UK with the Lieder in On the Bridge and G’Day Mate. She has played the lead role in The Ballad of Mary Anne Brownlow twice. For Canberra Repertory Society she has performed in An Inspector Calls and Black Comedy, which won the Canberra Area Theatre Award for best ensemble cast in 2001.


Chrisjohn Hancock – Director

Chrisjohn has been Artistic Director of the Lieder Theatre Company since 1992. He has directed over sixty productions during that time including The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Tempest, The Memory of Water, Inheritance, Away, Peter Pan, Steel Magnolias, Money and Friends, Dinkum Assorted, Hotel Sorrento, Wind in the Willows, Lord of the Flies, Dancing at Lughnasa, Cosi, Under Milk Wood, Blackrock, Grimm Tales, Antigone, Gathering the Dust, Summer of the 17th Doll, Oliver Twist, The Removalists, La Dispute, The Lesson, Skirmishes, Indians and Waiting for Godot. For the Lieder Youth Theatre Company he has directed, Picasso’s The Four Little Girls, tufff..., The Happy Prince, Rolly's Grave, Hot Chips and Gravy at the Blackhole Cafe, G’Day Mate, Hot Air, The Vision of Delight, 2 Friendly for 4 Words, Dead One Done and Ubu. Earlier productions include The Eagle Has Two Heads, Caroline written by Paul Paviour for the Argyle Society, Hey You, Waterhole and Peace in the Street for the Mustardseed Project, Under the Mask and The Little Prince for Coco Youth Theatre, WA, Nuclear Split for the NT Theatre in Education Team and Zigger Zagger and The Fantasticks for Territory North Theatre Company, NT. Last year Chrisjohn attended a Performing Arts Laboratory in Slovenia with Russian director Sergey Ostrenko.



Martin YeadonStage manager

Martin has been building sets and stage managing shows around Goulburn for over 20 years, working with all the community companies in town at some stage. His set building skills have made it possible for the Lieder to mount this mammoth production using a revolving stage and we are most grateful for all his skills and time on this production. Along with four other volunteers (John Knops, John Hartnett, Colin Simson, and Bill Wilson) this set has taken six weeks to construct. Other productions but not all that Martin has worked on at the Lieder include Oliver Twist, Habeas Corpus, Round and Round the Garden, Inheritance, Hating Alison Ashley, Forks’n All, Sylvia and Dracula. We are most grateful for all his efforts at the Lieder.