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Rising Damp

Rising Damp
Written by Eric Chappell
Directed by John Hart
6 – 11 September 2010

When Student Alan moves into an attic flat, he does not expect to find it already inhabited by someone else. The mysterious Philip claims to be the son of an African chief with ten wives waiting for him back home, but his presence is the least of Alan’s worries. He also has to contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and sinister landlord Rigsby, who has designs on Miss Jones downstairs, who herself has developed a passion for Philip.

Eric Chappell’s much-loved ITV comedy was adapted by him for the stage and first performed as The Banana Box. Its West End production in 1973 starred Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances de la Tour. This version of Rising Damp was revised by the author and toured in 2013 by Classic Comedy Production.


Rigsby – Peter Sapi
Alan – Matthew Friett
Philip – Joshua Watson
Miss Jones – Emma Stewart


Stage Manager – Ken Swan
Prompt – Frances Swan
Continuity Assistant – Betty Bailey
Lighting – Andy Woolliscroft
Sound Production – Ken Swan
Sound Operator – Ricky Cranfield
Set Design – Colin Burring
Set Construction Team – Albert Tilbury, Trevor Jeffries, Frank Andrews, Ken Swan, Pat McNamee, John Hart
Set Painting – Emma Constant, Emma Stewart, Frances Swan, Ken Swan, Sarah Hollingsworth
Properties – Viv Hollingsworth, Sarah Hollingsworth
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Brammall