Roland Dickerby runs a health farm with his wife Julia, bought with the proceeds of a hefty insurance payout on the demise of Julia’s first husband. Life isn’t easy for Roland: a healthy lifestyle is not exactly his cup of carrot juice, his formidable mother in law Olivia, keeps a beady eye on him and he is constantly harassed by portly guests maniacally in search of carbohydrates of the sweet variety. But fate has something in store for Roland…
A fast, furious and frantic farce.
This play was perfomed at Players from May 10-17, 2014
Dave Freeman, who died in 2005, was best known for being the writer of the Benny Hill Show, on which he worked from 1955 to the mid-sixties. In a career which began in the fifties, after being a stage electrician, a petty officer in the Royal Navy, a Special Branch detective and a crime reporter, he wrote for The Avengers, Ted Ray, Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Roy Hudd, Arthur Askey, Bernard Braden, Sid James, Terry Scott and Bill Maynard. He was most proud, however, of his work for theatre. He wrote three plays, the most popular of which was the farce A Bedfull of Foreigners (1973) which had an eighteen month West End run with Terry Scott and June Whitfield. Keep it Covered was his final play.