Acting as a Woman is no Drag for Lyndon

November 15, 2012

Playing a man who pretends to be a woman is nothing new in theatre – but when you’re a strapping six foot tall man pretending to be an eccentric little old lady it’s a real acting challenge.  It’s one that Lyndon House has been able to rise to in the comedy ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ which Newport Playgoers are presenting at the Dolman Theatre this week.

Newport Playgoers present 'Nobody's Perfect'

Leonard (Lyndon House) pretends to be scatty authoress Myrtle Banbury when he meets editor Harriet Copeland(Nicola Davies) who wants to publish his book. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

In a plot reminiscent of the Dustin Hoffman film ‘Tootsie’, Lyndon plays Leonard Loftus, a frustrated writer who has all his books rejected by a feminist publishing house because he is a man.

Things change when he submits a novel based on his experiences as a single parent under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. The editor Harriet is impressed. She finds the writing superb and insists on meeting Myrtle so she can hand over the prize money and get Myrtle’s signature on a contract. In order to collect the money, Leonard is forced to dress up as a woman.

Newport Playgoers present 'Nobody's Perfect'

Lyndon House plays Leonard Loftus, a frustrated writer who has all his books rejected because he is a man.

“I’ve played the dame in panto a few times but this is very different,” says 54-year-old Lyndon. “I’m portraying Myrtle as a slightly scatty maiden aunt. I have to make her just believable enough – and when you look like me, that’s quite a challenge!

“The play is a marvellous comedy in the tradition of ‘Charley’s Aunt and ‘Some Like It Hot’. My character is a shy statistician who is lumbered with a wayward teenage daughter, Dee Dee and a rascally father, Gus, who both play along with the deception – in return for financial rewards.”

Newport Playgoers present 'Nobody's Perfect'

Crossed lines and cross purposes add to the comic confusion in ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. Cathy Morgan, Lyndon House, Nicky Davies and David Leigh try to sort it out. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

In high heels and lipstick, Lyndon is caught in a hilarious dilemma of cross-dressing and cross-purposes in what has been acclaimed as a classic feel-good romantic comedy. The play offers belly laughs galore – with four irresistibly loveable characters locked into a hilarious plot. The final scene has been described as a comic masterpiece.

Lyndon, a Production Scheduler for BAE Systems, has been acting in amateur dramatics for 10 years and has appeared in musicals such as ’My Fair Lady’ and ‘Oliver’ as well as Playgoers’ productions ‘Humble Boy’ and ‘Out of Order’.

Newport Playgoers present ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ by Simon Williams at the Dolman Theatre from 14 – 17 November at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit  New members are always welcome to become involved both onstage and behind the scenes.