Don't Blame it on the Boots - Blithe Spirit - Strangers in the House - Room for a Laugh - Play reading marathon
'Don't Blame it on the Boots'
by Nick Warburton
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?
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.
An improbable farce by Noel Coward
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
A mysterious comedy
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'
An evening of mirth and merriment aimed at raising funds for St Annes Hall
'Play reading marathon'
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.