Set in a hospital common room at Christmas time, the play focuses on a self-important neurologist, Dr Mortimore. He is just about to give the lecture of his career (with a knighthood depending on it) when he finds himself pelted with the surprise fruit of a misspent youth. A former nurse bursts in with the news that not only is Mortimore the father of an 18-year-old who is emotionally unbalanced and under arrest for drunk driving and is now in reception baying for the long lost parent.
‘If you’re going to tell a lie, tell a whopper’ is Mortimore’s credo and in the spiralling chaos of deceit, false identity and manic cover-up that ensues, he certainly acts on this principle. Mad situations are created where, for example, to put the police off the scent, three male doctors decide to impersonate matron (the real matron having been jabbed in the derriere with a syringe of Largactil while wrestling with the off-spring outside on the window-sill). An embarras of matrons made worse by the fact that one of the doctors is the sergeant’s nephew.
The hilarious confusion is intensified by a conveniently half-batty, half-shrewd old party in a wheelchair who is passed off as the nubile former nurse’s husband: ‘I must say the little woman has worn amazingly well,’ he remarks in puzzled satisfaction.
This cascading farce of conflicting fictions will keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s the sort of fun you won’t forget in a hurry!
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