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Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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'Out of Order' at the Opera House, Manchester

RAY Cooney celebrates his 85th Birthday and 70 years in showbiz in 2017, and to mark these momentous milestones he is working with producer Tom O'Connell on a brand new season of his classic comedies; including an updated production of his Olivier award winning Westminster comedy:- 'Out of Order.'  Currently touring the UK, the show features a stellar cast. 'Out of Order' is directed by Cooney himself; who has been dubbed as:- 'The Master of Farce' by The Telegraph. 'Out of Order' runs at the Opera House, Manchester, from Tuesday, 30 May 2017, through to Saturday, 3 June 2017.

Ray Cooney's credits include Run For Your Wife, Funny Money and 2 Into 1, Caught in the Net, and It Runs in the Family. 'Out of Order' was 1st produced regionally in 1980, under the original title:- 'Whose Wife is it Anyway,' with Cooney playing George Pigden. The show was subsequently produced in the West End in 1990 starring Donald Sinden, Sandra Dickinson and Michael Williams, with Cooney directing.

Ray Cooney said:- "Having directed my Olivier Award Winning play in London and all over the world, and hearing all that wonderful raucous laughter from audiences, it has become one of my favourite plays. I've updated it to present day and, fortunately, the basic premise of a philandering politician is as likely today as it was when the play was originally written!"

When Tory Junior Minister Richard Willey tries to spend the evening with Jane, 1 of the Opposition's secretaries, in the Westminster Hotel, things don't exactly go according to plan; starting with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel's only unreliable sash window.

Enlisting the help of his hapless private secretary George Pigden, Willey's sticky situation goes from bad to worse, and with the arrival of Jane's distraught young husband and with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs Willey and Nurse Foster things really come to a head!

Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, Extras) stars as George Pigden; Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, Green Green Grass) as Mrs Willey; Jeffrey Harmer (Out of Order, Fox on the Fairway) as Richard Willey; Susie Amy (Footballers' Wives) as Jane Worthington; James Holmes (Miranda) as the Waiter; Arthur Bostrom ('Allo 'Allo) as the Hotel Manager, with Elizabeth Elvin as Nurse Foster; Jules Brown as Ronnie Worthington, and David Warwick as the Body. Completing the cast are Raphael Bar, Simon Murray, and Kate Sawyer.

David Warwick has been involved in 'Out of Order' since 1990, when he played the Body in the try out at Leatherhead's Thorndike Theatre (under its initial title of Whose Wife is it Anyway), then in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and the subsequent national tour. He went on to direct the play in the UK (Bournemouth and Sonning), Vienna, the Far East (Singapore and Kuala Lumpur), and the USA (Miami and New Jersey). He has also played Pigden and the Hotel Manager. While Jeffrey Harmer previously played Richard Willey in a production of Out of Order for Vienna's English Theatre in 2009.

Out of Order is produced by Tom O'Connell, Debbie Hicks and Laurence Myers, with design by Rebecca Brower, lighting by Jack Weir, sound by James Nicholson, and casting by Marc Frankum CDG.

Book now at:- ATGTickets.Com/Manchester or by calling the Box Office on:- 0844 871 3018.

Crack down on drug driving

A total of 46 suspected drug drivers were arrested in Sefton by Merseyside Police in March as part of a joint initiative with Sefton Council. Merseyside Police has been working in partnership with the Council to tackle the issue of road safety around drug use and carried out a total of 70 drug wipe tests throughout the month, 46 positive tests resulting in arrest. The cost of the wipes, which are used to detect if a driver is under the influence of controlled drugs, was met by Sefton Council as part of the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership. Throughout the force as a whole 114 people were arrested during March on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Merseyside Police Inspector Andy Bragg of the Sefton Targeted team said:- "These figures show the importance of taking a multi agency approach to tackling road safety, but also the excellent commitment of our officers in removing these drivers from our roads, undoubtedly reducing a significant risk to the public. For the past seventeen months our drug wipes have been funded by Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, who continue to support the Targeting Team by purchasing our drug wipes since their introduction in late 2015, with ₤10,000 being invested so far." The funding has so far seen 362 drug wipe tests on the roads in Sefton resulting in 195 arrests based on positive results. Of those arrested 75% already had a criminal background. It has already resulted in driving bans totalling 135 years, 36 months in prison sentences and 850 hours in unpaid community work.  Inspector Bragg added:- "This proves what a valuable partnership we have with Sefton Council in our drive against people who are prepared to risk driving their vehicles under the influence of drugs. To help us recoup or costs we are also applying to the Courts for the cost of the drug wipes to be recovered from the offender on conviction." A spokesman for Sefton Council said:- "Through the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership funding was made available for this important piece of partnership working. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause massive consequences on our communities and through this initiative many drivers have been taken off the roads. It is very simple, drugs and driving just don't mix."

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