It’s long overdue, but here’s the latest about the next production:
The Director has made the decision to not do ‘Godot’, but to do an NF Simpson play. Not ‘The Cresta Run’ as first proposed, but another one, ‘Was he Anyone?’.
“Albert Whitbrace is alive and well, drowning in the Mediterranean. While Albert treads water and his lifebelt gets soggier, world rescue organizations set about their tasks. Questions must be answered, forms filled out. Mrs. Whitbrace has to prove that she can’t afford to get her husband rescued privately. Occasionally, Albert can be heard calling for help. As the incredible nonsense mounts, someone decides to throw the poor man a life preserver.”
It is very much in the same zany, Pythonesque style as Cresta Run and it was preferred by those who attended the read-through.
It has the advantage that there are so many parts that everyone who wants a part can have at least one. We think a revival of this, once very popular and now almost forgotten, playwright in a production that that can involve as many of the group as want to be involved is the best way forward.
Rehearsals are starting next week for the cast (listed below), but if you are interested in helping out with any other task, stage management, front of house, costume props etc. please let us know.
Performance dates are: Dorchester Town Hall, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April, and Martinstown Village Hall, Saturday 6thMay.
Tickets will be available from the usual places.
Cast Lee Stroud Miss Rugg, Mrs Treplatchly, Dee Thorne Mrs Cathage, Mrs Crabbe-Harmsworth, Monica Hunt Sybil, Mrs Blithehampton, Ann Brown Mrs Whitbrace, Sarah Hayes Mrs Dubarge, Mrs Clacton Martin Steven Williams, Clarence, Mr Clapton, Cabinet Minister Ian Farley Vernon, Senior Civil Servant, Archbishop, Mr Burbage Colin Elphick Baverstock, Piano Engineer Sam Kelly Putney, Solicitor/Lawyer, Interviewer The following parts will be shared between the younger actors as soon as we are clear who wishes to take part. Barbara Hughes, Junior Civil servant, Reporter, Receptionist, Miss Stewart, Miss Havergal, Miss Lindthropp, Trainee.