The Maskers' Studio Theatre

18th - 23rd March 2024

TUESDAY at 8pm, Other nights at 7:30pm.

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This amateur production of “Cash on Delivery” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Recommended for ages 12+

'Dodgy dealings lead to hilarious outomes!'


The Reviews


18 March 2024

Cash On Delivery is a quintessential British farce relying on much door-slamming and quick-wit responses. Landlord Eric Swann is defrauding the British Government by accepting various types of financial support for former and fictitious tenants. The scheme teeters on the brink of revelation when authoritative figures drift in and out and are told ever more outlandish explanations. Chaos ensues.

Perhaps dated in some of the written play’s observations and quirks on what is deemed as comedy today, the Maskers’ cast, however, gave it their all with many fine comic moments and an energy and line remembrance that had to be seen to be believed including a wayward washing machine! A true team effort and all the cast were at the top of their game in picking up cues and movement of props, and all had each other’s back throughout.

Slickly directed by Sam Hussey in a gloriously secure set by Clive Weeks and team, (it needed to be with all the door-slamming) and use of access to an upstairs level, I always enjoy how this group use their narrow oblong space and they did not disappoint on any level. The washing machine was maybe a step too far in the suspension of disbelief (just bubbles through the door may have been better) but to keep this energy and work out all the entrances/exits/props etc for an ever-manic set of circumstances is to be highly applauded. I liked the solving of Uncle George’s movements in the 2nd half. Sound and lighting were also spot on and it was clear this was well rehearsed and produced by all the team front and back.

As Eric Swann, Ian Wilson was rarely off the stage and I praise both him and James Lawson as Norman Bassett, in their line learning, especially in their explanatory lines that were not learnt but immediate and frantic responses to the questions raised by the characters not in “the know”. They made “thinking on their feet” into an art form. The “Ashes” reference was well received. Both worked very well together and were enjoying the situations their characters were presented with.

Jane Russell as Mrs Swann brought a warm sense of confusion and upset to the proceedings, especially in the 2nd half when her world imploded in improbability. She was able to move from one catastrophe to another without losing the character’s resolve and the reconciliation scene was delightful.  As Uncle George, Paul Baker, was brilliant in his “knockout scenes” and genial affability. The long-john costuming was inspired and the timing was so good being exactly where he needed to be.

As Mr Jenkins, Jez Minns was the first of the authority figures to arrive. I liked the way he said his name initially and going from official to washer repair man to drunk was well executed. He dealt with the frenetic pace of the characters around him by slowing it with his own confused observations enhancing the comedy and advancing the bonkers plot as all around erupted.

As Mrs Swann’s proposed counsellor, Marie McDade as Dr Chapman was so believable and a delight: her scenes with Mrs Swann were very cleverly interpreted and very amusing. The little movements like sliding into a chair when told to do so, and how she looked like she might want to say something but then did not were great characterisation moments.

Sally Chessington was played by Emma Kirkpatrick and her empathy in wanting to assist was well played. I liked the way she made herself comfortable on the sofa and emotively moved around the stage. She and Philip de Grouchy made a good team together, who, as the Undertaker Mr Forbright, brought a nice level of gravitas, especially at the revelation of “lasso fever”.

It is always difficult to arrive at the end of a play. Still, Dawn Gatrell, playing the scary Ms Cowper in true Peggy Mount style, was initially very confused and abrupt, but managed to contain her character without cliché bringing a believability: the reaction to the “Mrs Swann” moment (no spoilers) was a comic gem. Similarly, Tash Priddle as Brenda had to take command of a completely out-of-control situation adding an extra layer in the movement towards the “solution” with energy and vim.

I am told the performances are almost sold out and based on this opening night experience I think it will only get better confirmed by the large amount of laughter coming from the audience tonight. Ticket holders will not be disappointed.

- David A Putley

On the fiddle?

Eric Swan’s life comes tumbling down around him following a phone call to the Department of Social Security!

You see, Eric’s been fiddling the system since he lost his job a few years ago, inventing a string of fake identities to claim benefits for. Now he’s trying to get out of it, but his efforts to back out of his scheme backfire hilariously when the benefits inspector comes knocking…

What follows is a cavalcade of comedy, as Eric’s misfortune is compounded by several unwelcome visitors, a rebellious washing machine, and a misunderstanding over some recreational cross-dressing.

Can he lie his way out of trouble, or is this the end of his scheming?

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Sam Hussey
This is Sam's directorial debut. Sam joined Maskers in 2019, when he played Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Since then, he’s been involved in several productions, playing everything from Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, an escaped Texan convict, Fist, in Four Weddings and an Elvis, Mr Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - a joint production between Maskers and Light Up youth theatre - and Mr Flay in Gormenghast.

Eric Swan is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has been a member of Maskers since 2007 when he was cast in Accrington Pals. Since then, he has played a wide range of roles including Parris in The Crucible, Brendan in The Weir, Fool in Wyrd Sisters, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sloan in Butterfly Kiss and, most recently, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has also directed for the company: Closer, Chair, 100 and Zoo Story. Playing Eric will be very different from anything he has done in the past, and he is very much looking forward to the challenge.

Linda Swan is played by Jane Russell
Last seen as the eccentric medium Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Jane is delighted to be playing Linda in her seventh Maskers’ production, a role that she desperately wanted after reading the script. She says that it’s just so fast paced and hilarious, you can’t help laughing! Previous productions have included Sharks in the Custard and four Christmas productions – her favourite being Mary in The Flint Street Nativity. An active member of both RAODS and EOMS, Jane most recently directed the RAODS sell-out outdoor production of Swallows and Amazons.

Norman Bassett is played by James Lawson
James joined the Maskers in 2007, performing in many shows, including Treasure Island in the open air, Crimes of the Heart at the Nuffield and Accrington Pals in the Studio. While it has been 6 years since James last trod the boards, performing in 2018’s Wyrd Sisters at The Berry Theatre, he has been active behind the scenes, including stage managing 2019’s Happy, directing the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis in January 2022, being production manager for last year’s Gormenghast, as well as acting as compère for several cabaret nights in the Studio.

Mr. Jenkins is played by Jez Minns
Jez has been working in the theatre as an amateur, and sometimes professional, actor for the last 35 years. Most recently he played Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray in the Maskers Studio. Other recent appearances for the Maskers include Tiny Tim in Christmas with the Cratchits, Borachio the drunkard in Much Ado About Nothing and the bullyboy Innkeeper in The Flint Street Nativity. When he is not doing theatre, Jez enjoys painting and sketching and writing poetry.

Uncle George is played by Paul Baker
Paul has been in over twenty-five shows in the open air for Maskers and rarely ventures indoors. During that time he has played a variety of roles including Weasel Norman in The Wind in the Willows and Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn and often multiple parts in the same production, as evidenced when he played four different characters in The Three Musketeers. This is Paul’s third production in a row inside, having played Sepulchrave in Maskers’ April 2023 production of Gormenghast and Chris Kriegle, the Santa Burglar, in Sorry! Wrong Chimney. As his character undergoes a lot of physical punishment in the play, Paul wonders if the director has something against him.

Sally Chessington is played by Emma Kirkpatrick
Emma has been with Maskers since 2021 and made her debut performance in Out of Focus. She then performed in our outdoor show, The Three Musketeers, where she enjoyed playing a variety of different characters. Now Emma is back, after a bit of a break, to play as Sally Chessington in this laugh out loud, fast paced play.

Dr. Chapman is played by Marie McDade
Marie joined the Maskers in 2011 and has enjoyed a wide range of roles in both the studio and outdoor shows. These have included: Our Town, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, Jungle Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Wyrd Sisters, A Bunch of Amateurs, The Three Musketeers, Out of Focus, Gormenghast, Jane Eyre and, most recently, Sorry! Wrong Chimney.

Mr. Forbright the Undertaker is played by Philip de Grouchy
Philip was most recently recently involved in Almost, Maine as an actor and Blithe Spirit as director. He has been active with the Maskers and local theatre since time immemorial (nearly).

Ms. Cowper is played by Dawn Gatrell
Dawn was last seen playing dual roles in Almost, Maine. Prior to that she appeared as the tavern owner in The Merry Wives of Windsor, in Gormenghast, playing one of the twin aunts and in the nautical anthology Time and Tide. Before joining Maskers, Dawn performed in pantos at The Bent Brief pub and in The Shadow Factory, which premiered at the Nuffield City Theatre.

Miss Dixon is played by Tash Priddle
This is Tash’s first production with Maskers. .After dabbling in some local theatre previously, Tash finally decided to join us and has come straight into Cash on Delivery.

Creative Team

Production Manager
Anna Hussey
Stage Manager
Robert Osborne
Set Design
Clive Weeks
Set Construction
Clive Weeks & team
Set Painting
Clive Weeks & numerous Maskers
Set Dressing
Anna Hussey & Sam Hussey
Lighting Design
Clive Weeks
Lighting Assistant
Emily Smith
Sound Design
Jamie McCarthy
Lighting & Sound Operators
Emily Smith & Silas Champagne
Wardrobe & Costumes
The Cast
Lucy Lockyer
Rehearsal Prompt
Rachel Di Nucci
Show Photography
Rachel Di Nucci, Clive Weeks, & Emily Smith
Poster Design
Sam Hussey & Clive Weeks

Ticket Information

Tickets £14

No concessions

Customers are requested to arrive promptly as late comers cannot be admitted.

On arrival at the Masker’s Studio

  • Please give your name (or the name the tickets were booked under) to our Box Office receptionist, and they will confirm your booking.
  • If you have pre-ordered a programme you will be given it on arrival. Programmes will also be available for purchase from a FOH member.
  • For the safety of all our audience members and staff are still operating some Covid risk reduction actions.  Please use the hand sanitising stations on arrival.  We will also be increasing the fresh air circulating throughout the venue.
  • Wearing of face coverings is optional.
  • Our bar will be open for purchases of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  We would encourage you to pre-order your interval drinks, to assist our bar staff and reduce crowding at the bar.
  • We are now able to take, and prefer, card payments but can also take cash.

During your visit

  • A stairlift and disabled toilet facilities are available.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for your use at various points around the theatre building.
  • We have installed an extra extractor fan to vent studio air to the outside pulling fresh air in from the other side of the building.
  • Where possible windows will also remain open.  This may make the venue cooler than you are used to, so please be prepared.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the venue before, and after the performance.
  • The taking of photographs or videos whilst the show is on is not permitted.

Exiting the building/event at the end of the performance

  • When leaving, please do not crowd the stairwell and allow everyone to leave easily and quickly.
  • As you go down the alleyway, please take extra care and keep to the marked footpath as the road is very uneven.
  • Please take any rubbish with you or leave it in the bins provided.

What if I have specific access needs?

  • The stair chair lift is available and our FOH staff will assist you should you need to use it.
  • Any other requirements may be discussed with our Box Office manager in advance of your arrival.

What happens if a show is cancelled?

  • If we are required to cancel a performance, we will offer you tickets for an alternative performance.

Poster, Flyer & Programme

Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House & Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photographer:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney

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