Trivial Pursuits by Frank Vickery

characters having a barbeque in Nick's garden


Characters in garden.  One guest climbing ladder to erect TV ariel

Nick and Vanessa in the garden


November / December 2009

For their Christmas production Ashby Dramatic Society chose the hilarious comedy Trivial Pursuits written by Frank Vickery and directed by Ken Ward.

This laugh-out-loud comedy centres on a local Operatic Society as they are about to launch their next production. Nick rules the company with a rod of iron and personally decides what productions the group will undertake. This is his closely guarded secret which can only be revealed when he makes the big announcement. Due to them making their last production, Calamity Jane, a real calamity, director Nick has had to wrestle with some difficult choices in the finance and casting departments. As is his custom, he invites various actors and committee members to a summer barbecue at his house in order to announce his decision.

Unfortunately as the evening wears on and the alcohol flows, Nick ends up apparently promising four different shows and the lead parts in them to four different people. As the party progresses this already delicate situation is not helped by the uncovering of a blackmail plot, a possible affair and an attempted suicide

With biting one-liners, farcical situations and moments of pure slapstick, this was Frank Vickery at his comedic best.









Nick and Vanessa with paint stripes across their backs