Are You Being Served?

Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. Directed by Liam Daly

Performed on Thursday 26 November to Saturday 28 November 2009 at Pentyrch Village Hall


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The stage Version of the hilarious British sitcom written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, set in the men's and women's department of Grace Brothers, a large, fictional London store.

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Double entendres and innuendoes galore in November, when Hilltop presented the stage version of the classic British television series Are You Being Served, at Pentyrch Village Hall. Set in a fictional London department store, Grace Brothers, it has all the ingredients of farce especially when the benevolent employer sends the staff of the Men and Women's Departments on a subsidised holiday to a one-star hotel on the Costa Plonka, whilst store refurbishment is carried out. Then the mayhem begins with naughty liaisons going awry; toilets without locks, hot-bedding tents, a randy revolutionary and a sexy senorita. With all this going on it is a credit that Liam Daly, in his maiden production for the company, managed to sort it all out and achieve a clever, fast moving, laughter filled production. The cast acquitted themselves well, with colourful characters that bore close resemblance to their television originals, and overcame the limitations of the stage to deliver quick-fire comedy and laugh after laugh. The play's many scenes necessitated a fairly basic staging which proved sufficient and effective to enable the play to move through the various locations smoothly. A fun evening that was well worth the journey through the wind and rain to Hilltop and the staff of Grace Brothers.


Mrs Slocombe                                    Karen Thomas

Mr Grainger                                         Howard Turnbull

Miss Brahms                                       Victoria Walters

Mr Rumbold                                        Dai Williams

Mr Humphries                                     Huw Williams

Mr Lucas                                              Steve Williams

Captain Peacock                               Richard Jones

Mr Mash / Don Bernado                   Bill Pithers

Lady Customer                                  Rebecca Church

Male Customer                                   Morgan Rees

Cesar                                                    John Crimmins

Conchita                                              Helen Page

Taeresa                                                Carla Gambarini

Nurse                                                    Anna Constantinou


Production Team 

Director                                                 Liam Daly

Producer                                               Simon Jones

Stage Manager                                    Wayne Brewer

Set Design and Construction         Wayne Brewer, Lloyd Herniman, Rhys Stapleton

Wardrobe                                             Sue Gambarini, Sam Jenkins

Backstage Support                            Iain Campbell, Fiona Jackson, Sian Williams

Properties                                             Iain Campbell, Sian Williams

Business Manager                             Bob Petersen

Programme                                          Dai Williams

Marketing                                             Simon Jones, Becky Church

House Manager                                   Bob Petersen

Bar Manager                                        Helen Jones

Front of House                                    Members and Friends of Hilltop

Box Office                                            Brenda Slaughter

Photography                                       Becky Church