John Gardiner and Fiz Coleman
Where and When
11th – 13th December 1997 @ The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
This fun-filled play revolves around the antics of three waiters sacked by Mr Macaroni, the money-minded owner of the Pizza Pie Palace. They devise various schemes to get their jobs back, and are streered through their adventures with the help of the audience. After bangs, flashes, songs, dances, talking snakes and even exploding pizza pies, all ends happily with a double wedding.
- Mr Macaroni – Dave Williams
- Wordsworth – Simon Jackson
- Old Nellie – Barbara Trebilco
- Drippy Dora – Lyndsey Fisher
- Eileen Nostril – Kirstey Straver
- Norman Nostril – John Williams
- Brigadier Bumbracket – Robert Franklin
- Miss Lolita Suspender – Frances Richards
- Major Shareholder – Howard Lovejoy
- Madame Dubonnet – Margaret Claughton
- Mme Marie Fille d’Espice – Heather Scott
- Captain Kung Fu – Jeremy Austin
- Wing-Wang Pirates – Heather Scott, Robert Franklin, Kate Mounce, Jenni Winter, Lucy Rossiter, Geoff Whipp, Penny Scotford, Will Mann & Alex Dunnachie
- Director – Enid Davies
- Designers – Eddie Colton and Joe Brooks
- Costume Designers – Ann Pond, Enid Davies, Alison Shore and Linda Whitlock
- Lighting – Nick Watkins and Steve Jones
- Music – Jacqui Waugh, Andy Davey and Nicki Wilson
Sarah Ford – Daily Echo
An essential element of any family-orientated entertainment is a sizeable audience with lots of children in it. Sadly for this talented drama company, both were decidedly lacking on the first night. I really felt for everyone as they strived to get some reaction from the audience of fewer than 30 – and that included one or two ‘plants’. The fact that we did get involved – buzzing like bluebottles, cheering the heroes and booing the villainous pirates – was testament to their enthusiasm.
The play itself is an amusing tale of a struggling pizza restaurant owner (Dave Williams in fine form as Mr Macaroni, complete with convincing Italian accent) and his hapless staff- Wordsworth the waiter (an energetic Simon Jackson) Old Nellie ‘the withered waitress’ (Barbara Trebilco showing a fine sense of comedy) and Drippy Dora (a lively Lyndsey Fisher).
Next door to the restaurant is a hairdressing salon owned by Eileen Nostril (a statuesque Kirstey Straver) with her nephew Norman (young John Williams showing a maturity beyond his years – he’s certainly a talent to watch).
Mr Macaroni tries to solve his money worries by buying a treasure map from oriental pirate captain Kung Fu (an excellent piece of lunacy from Jeremy Austin) and it’s then up to his loyal staff to get the money back – which they do, thanks to an exploding pizza and it all ends happily,
There were some excellent comedy touches – I loved Barbara Trebilco’s snake – and musical support by Jacqui Waugh, Andy Davey and Nicki Wilson was spot on. I can only hope they get better audiences because they desrve it.