Double Acts

Written by: John Finnemore

Directed by: Harry Harding

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Production Credits

Lighting & Sound:
Andrew Castell

Set Design & Properties:
Christine Neal & Clive Hall

Production Assistants:
Zoe Bednarz, Jennifer Saunders & Scott Henderson

Production Manager:
Emma Saunders

  • Tuesday 25th October to Saturday 29th October 2022

  • The Richard Whitmore Studio

  • The Bancroft Players


Double Acts was a series of radio comedies produced for BBC Radio 4. It is an anthology series of two-handers. Each episode features only two main speaking parts and is a self-contained play, …although some of them are loosely connected. John Finnemore told me that he had unwittingly connected some of the episodes from his first series, some obvious, others with very subtle hints. The connection? Baths! Specifically, the company is known as Willard & Sons Bath Suppliers. It is where Adele & Kerry from Wysinnwyg, Joel from Red Handed, and Barnaby & ‘Sarah’ from Hot Desk all work, and it also provides the setting for two of the three plays…

Act One – Wysinnwyg (Comedy/Drama)

In Wysinnwyg, it’s Kerry’s first day in the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son Bath Suppliers – where she meets her horrific new boss Adele for the very first time.

“In the game of office politics, what you see is not necessarily what you get…”

Act Two – Red Handed (Comedy/Thriller)

In Red Handed, Joel comes home unexpectedly early from work one day to find an unusual visitor in the shape of Henry, an older gentleman dressed in a suit…who just happens to be burgling Joel’s house.

“Keep your wits about you, put the kettle on, and prepare yourself…for Henry”

Act Three – Hot Desk (Comedy/Romance)

In Hot Desk, for a few minutes, twice a day, at precisely seven in the morning and seven in the evening, a receptionist and a security guard meet to swap ownership of a desk…which blossoms into an unusual relationship.

“A charming comedy of awkward romance, See you at seven!”

Cast List

Emma O’Connell
Bea Wood
Ian Colpitts
Vince Mathews
Andy Bowden
Laura Mead