Run For Your Wife

Run For Your Wife

By Ray Cooney
By arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd

Season October-November 1995
Venue Belconnen Theatre


John Smith has the perfect life. John is a British cab driver who has two wives, Mary in Wimbledon and Barbara in Streatham. Through carefully orchestrated antics, John has insured that the women won't know the other exists!

But John's time-management love life hits a snag when he's injured and both wives report him missing. This sets up a slapstick chain of events as John and his neighbour Stanley try to keep the wives and two nosy police detectives from discovering the truth. Of course, all the lies the pair manage to concoct (including one about them being gay) only confuses everyone more!

There are about six or seven stories which must be woven by John and Stanley to outwit the cops and John's two wives. Keeping up with the high-paced hi-jinks may leave you a little breathless. John, is easily likable. As a matter of fact, he's so nice that you wonder how he could be a bigamist-it seems out of character. Stanley is genuinely funny and steals more than a couple of scenes. The interplay between him and Adams is the best working relationship ship in the storyline.

Mary is the wife who (mistakenly) finds out her husband is gay. In one scene, she forcefully slaps at Stanley with a newspaper for getting on her nerves. You almost feel like you're watching a re-enactment of Mommy Dearest. Second wife Barbara spends too much time locked in closets while John attempts to keep her from running into Mary.


Director Roy Scamp
Production Manager Debra McNeill
Stage Manager Michael Kent
Set Design James Stone and Roy Scamp
Costume Design Margaret Staines
Lighting and Sound Design Chris Neil


Mary Smith Annabelle Mooney
Barbara Smith Merrily Powell
John Smith David Adams
Stanley Gardner Peter Benisch
Det. Sgt. Troughton Donald White
Bobby Franklin John Jenkins
Det. Sgt. Porterhouse Ian Davenport
Reporter Berin Denham