'Fawlty Towers' 

by John Cleese and Connie Booth

 

November 2010

Synopsis

Basil the Rat

Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.

Communication Problems

When Mrs. Richards, a demanding woman who is hard of hearing, checks into the hotel, Basil, Sybil and Polly find themselves with a very difficult customer. Meanwhile, Basil bets on a horse that is sure to win, however he must not let Sybil find out.

Cast

Basil the Rat

Basil Fawlty (Matt Cotton); Sybil Fawlty (Lisa Stapleton); Manuel (Daniel Johnson); Polly (Steph Armer); Major Gowen (Paul Dyson); Terry (Kathryn Hedger); Miss Tibbs (Gill Lewisohn); Miss Gatsby (Mandi Bailey-Turner); Mrs. Carnegie (Christine Haggar); Ronald (Chris Marks); Quentina (Natalie Brown); Mr. Taylor (John Mills); Mrs. Taylor (Christine Cooke)

Communication Problems

Basil Fawlty (Matt Cotton); Sybil Fawlty (Lisa Stapleton); Manuel (Daniel Johnson); Polly (Steph Armer); Mrs. Alice Richards (Mandi Bailey-Turner); Major Gowen (Paul Dyson); Terry (Kathryn Hedger); Miss Tibbs (Gill Lewisohn); Miss Gatsby (Fran Kirwan); Mr. Thurston (Natalie Brown); Mr. Firkin (Chris Marks); Mrs. Mackintosh (Christine Cooke); Mr. Kerr (Andrew Muffett); Mrs. Yardley (Kit Muffett)

 

Director: Kit Johnson

Communication Problems was entered into the One Act Festivals in the spring of 2011, with a slightly altered cast; the main change was Kevin Kirwan taking over the role of Basil. It came away with a number of awards including:

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  • West Town Workshop Theatre for Youth Performer - Steph Armer

  • Priory Plate (Best Actress) - Mandi Bailey-Turner

  • Richard Brayshaw Cup (Technical Award) - Oldland Players

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site