1988

'Don't Blame it on  the Boots' 

 by Nick Warburton

 

February 1988

Synopsis

No one would have blamed it on the boots if only Kate had produced Macbeth instead of Hamlet, or Ophelia hadn't been so attractive and naive, or Eric had smaller feet and wasn't the drama group's prize flirt, or Liz's father hadn't been an actor who once trod the boards at Stratford in those self same boots. But Kate does produce Hamlet and Eric flirts outrageously with the impressionable Ophelia. Liz insists that the Ghost wear the boots. On the last night the boots are worn but not, as everyone thinks, by Eric. He is trapped in his dressing room. So who gave such an impressive performance as the Ghost?

Cast

Ophelia (Alison Madge); Kate (Kay Trenchard); Eric (David Walford); Liz (Kit Johnson)

Director: Audrey Mitchell

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Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

'Blithe Spirit' 

 An improbable farce by Noel Coward

 

April 1988

Synopsis

 

Cast

Edith (Jill Lawford); Ruth (Kim Wentworth); Charles (Jim McLaughlin); Dr Bradman (Mark Gregory); Mrs Bradman (Joy Davis); Madame  Arcati (Mary Mason); Elvira (Kit Johnson)

Producer: Kathy Dowson

 

'Strangers in the House' 

by Victor Lucas

November 1988

Synopsis

A mysterious comedy

Cast

Mrs. Benbow (Joy Davis); Mrs. Jones (Lesley Wyrill); Mr. Jones (Dave Walford); Penny Jones (Kit Johnson); Mark Jones (Mark Gregory); Miss Chambers (Teresa Coady); Miss Fairfax (JiIl Bishop); John Cunningham (Jim Mclaughlin); Arabella Bunter-Cutts (JiIl Lawford)

 

Producer: Audrey Mitchell

 

'Room for a laugh and a song' 

December 1988

Synopsis

An evening of mirth and merriment aimed at raising funds for St Annes Hall

'Play reading marathon'

September 1988

In addition to the various performances that year, September 1988 also saw a marathon play reading session, running for 12 hours from 8am in the morning till 8pm at night. This was organised to raise money to pay for new stage lighting.