Don’t Dress For Dinner – 2016

by Marc Camoletti, Adapted by Robin Hawdon
2nd – 4th June 2016


Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong?

Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s.

An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.




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Cast & Crew


Bernard: Dave Sawyer
Jacqueline: Nicola Wood
Robert: Josh Webster
Suzette: Caitlin Parchment
Suzanne: Louise Wilkinson
George: Gordon Drayson



Director: John Desbottes
Assistant Director: Catherine Reid
Stage Manager: Laura Weeks
Set Décor: Dot Reid
Lighting Design: Andrew Nicholson
Lighting: Simon Barlow, Barry Nicholson, Steven Sayer
Sound: Tim Crump
Properties: Ian Watson
Wardrobe: Catherine Roberts
Publicity: Katie Eynon
Poster Design: Gordon Drayson
Programme: Tim Crump


There’s real comedy to be found in this farce in Sanderstead

Posted on June 3, 2016 by insidecroydon
Read the original review here – Inside Croydon

BELLA BARTOCK stepped out in the south of the borough yesterday for the first night of the hard-working local amdram’s latest production.

There is a convivial atmosphere at the Sanderstead Dramatic Club’s French farce Don’t Dress for Dinner. Even if you don’t dress for the occasion at the Sanderstead Memorial Hall, you might bring your dinner to enjoy on the tables set out for the audience.

Marc Camoletti’s Paris-staged success was redrafted for the London stage in the early 1990s for the likes of Su Pollard and Simon Cadell, after their Hi De Hi! success on television.

The translation retained its French story line and its very quick immersion into the exquisite confusions of deceit and convoluted lies upon lies that result from such farce.

This all makes for a very good laugh at this local performance, which runs until Saturday.

It was not easy for the pace and headlong momentum required by this piece to be maintained, though lines were only forgotten twice.

It was hard to identify anything French about the set or the performance. It felt more like south-east London.

Dave Sawyer as Bernard is certainly no Jean Sorel. The age gaps among the company are a challenge for the performance.

Caitlin Parchment as Suzette brought the most gusto to her performance, raising the strongest laughs in the audience. Louise Wilkinson was clever in her studied unhappiness as the much inconvenienced mistress.

The production is supported by Croydon Council.


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