Dave Freeman

Comedy writer

A Bedfull of Foreigners is a classic farce. It opened in 1973 at the Victoria Palace in London starring Terry Scott and June Whitfield following their successful television partnership in Terry and June. It later transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre running in the West End for eighteen months and has since played successfully around the world.

The play is set in a French village near the German border on the eve of a local festival. When an English couple, Stanley and Brenda, obtain a room for the night whilst on a motoring trip, they consider themselves lucky – but not for long. In Brenda’s absence less than an hour later, Stanley finds himself lowering an attractive girl stark naked from the window. The arrival of Claud, the attractive girl’s husband followed by his girlfriend, Simone, causes further chaos. By the second hour, almost everyone is in the wrong bed, as figures dressed as nuns and monks rush in an out and seductions and confrontations run rampant.

Key for Two was jointly written by Dave Freeman and John Chapman, 'two master craftsmen of comedy'.

In this wickedly amusing play, Harriet, a divorcee living in an elegant flat in Brighton, solves her financial problems by entertaining two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week. The scheme faces collapse when her friend Anne, whose marriage is tottering, arrives at the flat hotly pursued by her husband. One of Harriet's lovers is confined to Harriet's bed with a sprained ankle and the second lover turns up unexpectedly closely followed by two irate wives in search of itinerant husbands. The indescribable confusion that ensues builds to a rich complexity of mistaken identity, splendidy farcical situations and a climax of comic wizardry.

Kindly Keep it Covered was jointly written by Dave Freeman and his son Greg Freeman. It ran for a year in Vienna and has also played throughout Europe.

Roland Dickerby, formerly of the Kindly Mutual Insurance Co, runs a health farm with his wife Julia, bought with proceeds of a hefty insurance payout on the demise of Julia's first husband, the charming rogue, Sidney. Life isn't easy for Roland; a healthy lifestyle is not exactly his cup of carrot juice, his formidable mother-in-law, Olivia, keeps a very beady eye on him and he is constantly harassed by portly guests maniacally in search of carbohydrates of the sweet variety. But today, Fate has something extra special in store for Roland: Sidney has decided to resurrect himself and turns up at the farm just as Vanessa the wife of Roland's ex-boss from the Kindly Mutual, checks in for a health-giving visit. A fast, furious and frantic farce which originally starred Terry Scott.

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