Funny Money (Archive)

FM_Poster.inddby Ray Cooney

May 2009

Jean is preparing a birthday dinner for her mild-mannered accountant husband Henry. Good friends Betty and Vic are expected any minute, and Jean is frantic because Henry is late. When he eventually arrives, Jean finds him not quite the man he used to be. He wants to emigrate to Barcelona immediately, and with good reason: the briefcase he accidentally picked up on the Underground is stuffed with bundles of fifty pound notes amounting to £735,000! But if getting the money was easy, keeping it proves harder, as not one but two police inspectors call and Henry, Vic, Betty and a bemused (and tipsy) Jean are forced into a frantic game of cat and mouse.


Henry Perkins Dan Hawkins
Jean Perkins Ruth Staton
Vic Johnson Mark Frampton
Betty Johnson Janet Denning
Sergeant Davenport Barry West
Sergeant Slater Peter Staton
Bill Andrew Kneeshaw
Mr Big Paul West


Producers Joseph Hughes & Paul West
Stage Manager Christine Sutton
Set Design Christopher Sutton
Lighting Ian Squire & Jim Johnson
Sound Christine Pearson & Ann Johnson
Set Construction Jim Melville, Christine Sutton, Christopher Sutton, Ian Squire & other group members
Props Cath Staton & Christine Squire
Prompt Teresa Coles McGee
Front of House Hazel Blenkinsop and members and friends
Tickets/Publicity Becky Hunt, Sam Kneeshaw & Barry West
Poster & Programme Design Teresa Coles McGee


From the Leamington Courier:

Perfect Timing in Funny Money

Hilarity ensued last week with the Cubbington Players’ performance of Ray Cooney’s Funny Money.

In it, mild mannered accountant Henry Perkins (Dan Hawkins) accidentally discovers £735,000 and attempts to escape with the cash to Barcelona, despite his wife’s pleas to the contrary.

Cooney’s play is an excellent choice and is very witty, except for one or two cheap and obvious jokes.

It was excuted with energy and pace.

Mark Frampton, playing Henry’s friend Vic, acted and reacted brilliantly and had the audience in fits of laughter with his perfect comic timing. Frampton’s contribution, though, was just one element in the entertaining performance of a well-cast ensemble.


A review and gallery can be viewed here