The story, told in three acts, is a frothy nothing, but treated as only
Coward can. It provides a continuously amusing two hours, highlighted
by recurring moments of insane hilarity. The plot revolves around Julia
and Jane, best friends and both happily married to Fred and Willy respectively
for five years, but before their marriages, both had brief affairs in
Italy with Maurice, a Frenchman and great charmer. Now Maurice is visiting
London and has asked to see them both. Luckily both husbands are away
for the day playing golf, and Julia and Jane nervously await Maurice's
call. How they reminisce, quarrel, make up, get high on champagne and
quarrel again, what happens when Maurice finally arrives very late, and
the unexpected return of the husbands are some of the threads of the plot.
All is witnessed by Saunders, Julia's new maid, seemingly prim and proper
but has been positively everywhere and done absolutely everything.
FALLEN ANGELS was nearly refused its licence as "brightly written,
but extremely dubious" and that "the women's obvious willingness
to go wrong, and about their pre nuptial going wrong, would cause too
great a scandal". But Lord Cromer passed it, with only a few dialogue
changes, because he saw it as "so much unreal farcical comedy".
In 1925 the play shocked, but audiences queued for seats. The play no
longer shocks but it still provides great amusement and entertainment.
Julia Sterrol and Jane Banbury are virtual twins, as are their husbands
Fred and Willy. Julia's life is essentially identical to Jane's, Fred's
to Willy's. Both women have settled down to respectable middle class lives
with dull but decent men. Both Fred and Willy love golf, perhaps a bit
more than their wives. Both marriages have reached a similar pass: We're
awfully happy", as Jane says, "and there's a lovely firm basis
of comradeship and affection and all that, but the real 'being in love'
part is dead!" The new maid Saunders has had a full, rich life and
nothing surprises her, while Maurice is an Englishman's version of a Frenchman.
He is without repressions and is all suave and self-indulgent.
The Fallen Angels....
Fred and Willy
Julia and Saunders
Willy and Julia
Jane, Maurice and Julia
The cast and all important crew.
Drunken rivals left audience captivated.
Audiences at this "amoral and disgusting" play will find
little to offend in the 21st century, but delicious frissons of
sexual anticipation were gloriously maintained in this production.
Despite two married friends' shared goal of rekindling passion
with their mutual ex-lover Maurice, they were given distinctive
Hancox made Julia largely confident and serene, while Samantha
Grant's Jane was highly strung and mildly hysterical.
Of the supporting roles, Jim
Ackhurst played Julia's husband Fred with gentle reasonableness;
and Andreas Lowson
as Willy (Jane's husband) reflected the suavity of Coward himself.
Smith as Maurice, tantalizingly appearing only in the final
scene, gave the ex-lover all the Gallic charm needed for empathy
with the besotted ladies and Jill
Ackhurst's expressive facial and body language conveyed every
nuance of the maid Saunders' contempt for the gentry.
Standing's early modernist set, Susanna
Gerken's delightful costumes and Pip
Piacentino's skilled direction all contributed to a stunning
But the greatest acclaim belongs to Hancox
and Grant for their
outstanding performances as the two ladies whose transformation
from sophisticated wives to hilariously drunken rivals so captivated
performed by The Canterbury Players
at Whitstable Playhouse
Thursday March27, 2008.
OUR SPONSORS FOR "FALLEN ANGELS" WERE:.
Read more about Pip?
Actor: Play It Again Sam;
Arsenic And Old Lace
Performance Director: The
Accrington Pals, Fallen
Angels; Dark of the Moon;
Pip fell in love with Britain when stationed here with the US Navy and
decided to make it his home. His links with Kent, especially Deal, stretch
back to 1964.
Pip first appeared on stage in New York when his father brought the
three-year old Pip on stage to liven up his act. He is equally at home
as an actor, director or playwright. A member of the South London Theatre
Centre, he directed many plays for them including Peter Whelan’s
Pals" which he also directed in April 2007 with Canterbury Players.
Pip is to direct Canterbury Players in "Fallen
Angels" by Noel Coward.
Anne Hancox. Actor.
Play It Again, Sam; Fallen
Angels; Bazaar and Rummage;
Two; The Vortex.
Anne's early performances were all in music theatre. Later came a shift
to straight drama.
Her involvement with Canterbury's long-established amateur theatre group
Playcraft for 21 years and now, with The Canterbury Players has provided
a wealth of acting opportunities.
She has enjoyed numerous leading roles ranging from Nora in
Ibsen's "A Doll's House", Katharine in Shakespeare's
"The Taming of the Shrew"; the drunken and shameless Arabella
in Ayckbourn's "RolePlay"
and Julia in "Fallen
Angels" by Noel Coward.
Actor,Singer: "Fallen Angels".
Sam started in Am Dram as a teenager with Deal Dramatic Society, then
took a long break to travel and work abroad.
She is a member of Ramsgate Operatic Society and Broadstairs Dickens
Players, for both of which she is also a committee member.
Lead roles of a musical nature include Sally Smith in ‘Me and my
Girl’, ‘Prince Orlofsky in ‘Die Fledermaus’ and
Carrie Snow in ‘Carousel’. ‘Straight’ roles include
Jean in Ray Cooney’s ‘Funny Money’ and the dual role
of Ann and Sybil in Terence Rattigan’s ‘Separate Tables’.
Sam's day job is Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She lives
in Margate with husband, Paul.
Actor: La Ronde; Play
It Again Sam; Fallen Angels;
Much Ado about Nothing;
Arsenic And Old Lace; Night Must Fall.
Andreas is descending the ladder of nobility. In La Ronde, he was only
a count whereas the previous year he was a duke (Twelfth Night) and before
that a prince (Caucasian Chalk Circle). He has, however, deigned to play
mere commoners in such roles as a dotty priest (Gosforth’s Fete),
a burglar, an inspector (Disposing of the Body), a solicitor, a boss and
an eccentric puppeteer uncle and now, a husband, for Noel Coward's "Fallen
Angels", then back all but full circle as Count John in Much
Ado about Nothing.
As Maurice Duclos
Mark Charles Smith
Actor: For Canterbury Players Gosforth's
Fete; La Ronde; Fallen
Angels; The Accrington
Pals; Much Ado
About Nothing; Arsenic And Old
Lace; Dark of the Moon, Night
Must Fall; The Importance
of Being Earnest, Barefoot in
Sound Engineer for Blue Remembered
For Chilham Players: Seasons Greetings
For Kent Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night.
A monologue orator for The
Penis Monologues for the theatre company, Unfinished
Mark has appeared in a number of Canterbury Players productions, as
well as end of year short films at universities in Canterbury and Hastings,
as a film extra for various productions filmed in Kent including "The
Other Boleyn Girl", "Wild Child", the 2011 production of
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", as a player in a Chris Tarrant
TV programme, as a major player in a KETV
production called 'The Sea Shall Have Them' and recently took part in
a pilot for a new sitcom aimed at getting onto the UK terrestrial channels.
Mark is looking for more TV and film work to get him out of the office
once in a while.
My Facebook page.
Links to recent videos:
Liz Findlay. Stage manager and actor.
Actor: Play It Again Sam;
Much Ado About Nothing;
Stage Manager The Birthday
Party, La Ronde, The
Accrington Pals, Gosforth's
Fete; Play It Again Sam,
Fallen Angels, Blue
Remembered Hills; Two; Arsenic
And Old Lace; The Vortex; Night Must Fall.
Liz joined the players in 2005 as prompt for Roleplay, rose to the position
of chief of teapot bearing and has been stage managing since then in Pinter's
Fete", Schnitzlers "La
Ronde", Whelan's "
The Accrington Pals" and Woody Allen's Play
It Again Sam in which she also took the part of Vanessa.
Liz is trained in Fine Art and has exhibited locally. She designed the posters for Fallen
Angels, and Blue Remembered Hills,
Much Ado About Nothing
and The Vortex.
Liz is going into business for herself, as a fully qualified Blue Badge tour guide, for which www.kent-and-sussex-tours.co.uk is the website.
Assistant Director / Stage Manager: The
Importance of Being Earnest
Susanna first trained as a teacher and then studied languages and drama
in Italy. She lived abroad for many years and has performed in different
Since coming to live in Canterbury she has joined the Players and designed
the costumes for "The
Birthday Party"; La Ronde";
"Play It Again Sam"
and "Fallen Angels".
Susanna is a very welcome addition to the Players.