2000

Effie's Burning - Tom Jones - Two for the Tango - Secrets

'Effie's Burning' 

by Valerie Windsor

 

February 2000

Synopsis

Effie, who has lived in mental institutions since the age of thirteen, has been admitted to hospital with severe burns. Treating her is Dr Ruth Kovacs, who finds in Effie's extraordinary story of injustice and official callousness the key to her own suppressed anger and power. Taut and powerful, tender and often funny, Effie's Burning is an emotional switchback of a play, with a searing anger at its heart.

Cast

Effie (Kit Johnson); Dr Ruth Kovacs (Kay Trenchard)

Director: Kit Johnson

This play was entered into several of the local festivals and came away with nominations for both Actresses and best set.

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site

 

'Tom Jones' 

by Henry Fielding

 

June 2000

Synopsis

Tom, Squire Allworthy's adopted son, falls victim to the charms of one rustic wench after another, until at last the Squire grows tired of the trouble he causes and sends him off to cause it elsewhere. Then Tom becomes entangled with three women at once: Jenny Waters, a lady of warm heart and generous virtue, Mrs Fitzpatrick, a society lady seeking diversion from her oafish husband, and Sophia Western, whom Tom truly loves.

Cast

Tom Jones (Kevin Kirwan); Young Squire Allworthy (Kelvin Buck); Bridget Allworthy (Emma Oliver); Jenny Jones (Helen Jenkins); Squire Allworthy (John Mills); Thwackum (Giles Brown); Blifil (Dom Elliott); Squire Western (Andy Harding); Molly Seagrim (Vanessa Cole); Sophia Western (Lisa Gaylard); Honour (Claire Taylor/Gemma Curry); Doctor (Graham Bradshaw); Susan (Jan Hevizi); Mrs. Waters (Christine Cooke); Mrs. Fitzpatrick (Andrea Brewster); Betty (Debbie Durnell); Captain Fitzpatrick (Dave Aniola); Lord Fellamar (Giles Brown); Constable (Chris Torpy); First Bystander (Kelvin Buck); Second Bystander (Andi MacAleer); Woman with Basket (Gill Lewisohn); Andrews (Sophie Dyke); Allworthy’s Servant (Helen Jenkins); Executioner (Angelo Moore); Priest (Adie Holmes); Drummer Boy (Daniel Johnson); Bystanders (Sheila Cox), (Sherrie Jackson), (Rachel Lintern), (Hannah Johnson), (Kit 'Hitchcock' Johnson).

Director: Kit Johnson

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'Two for the Tango' 

by Alistair Faulkner

 

November 2000

Synopsis

Set in the roaring 20s, a time when people were keen to put the great War behind them, servants were still the norm and the financial turmoil of the 19J0s was yet to come. In some ways it was a carefree world and Two for the Tango is peopled by some wonderful characters. From a dizzy American showgirl to a scheming Head Waiter; from a harridan mother to a maiden lady of a nervous disposition. There’s also a string-collecting son and a model daughter who is just waiting to break the mould, plus a couple of people who look remarkably like them.

Cast

Alphonse {Head Waiter at The Grand Hotel} (Peter Morris); Ruby {a Waitress} (Hannah Lintern); Miss Finch {a friend of the Harrington Browns} (Jill Lawford); Mrs Harrington Brown {a matriarch} (Kay Trenchard); Dorothy Harrington Brown {the daughter} (Andrea Brewster); Charles Harrington Brown {the son} (Adie Holmes); Major Harrington Brown {the husband} (Robert Dyer); Lilly {an American showgirl} (Lisa Gaylard); Jimmy {an American show producer} (Huw Williams); Dot {a guest at the hotel} (Andrea Brewster); Chas {Dot’s Brother} (Adie Holmes); Reginald {intended fiancé of Dorothy} (Mark Ettinger); Babs {fiancée of Chas} (Kirsty Lovell)

Director: Rachel Lintern

One Act Festival Entry

How much does one necessarily know about one’s wife or husband? Or best friend? SECRETS examines the nightmare scenario that befalls a woman whose husband works for “the government” and who disappears one day. Is Hannah’s husband a traitor to his country? A spy? Can those emotive words really apply to someone so apparently close to her? Can she survive her own ordeal at the hands of the courteous and delicately mannered Felix Bennett, who appears out of the blue on her doorstep? Will she see her husband again? And if so, will he now be the same person she said goodbye to a few short weeks ago when he set off for “a conference” in Germany? SECRETS looks at human trust and love when placed on a precipice

 

Cast

Hannah (Vanessa Cole); Claudia (Lisa Gaylard); Felix (Joel Lintern); Christopher (Giles Brown)

 

Director: (Giles Brown)

'Secrets'

by Giles Cole

 

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February 2000

 

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