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2017 Season

5- 8  April

TIME AND THE CONWAYS
by J B Priestley

This amateur production of Time and the Conways is arranged by special arrangement with Samuel French

One of Britain’s leading writers of the inter-war years, J B Priestley was fascinated by the concept of time. As the play opens, and in Act 3, it is 1919 – just after the end of World War I. The Conways, a wealthy northern family have gathered to celebrate a birthday party, and their wonderful futures in a country at peace.

The middle act is set eighteen years later, on the brink of WWII, and we see that their future is far from the happy one they envisaged. Relationships have failed and expectations disappointed.

From the writer of An Inspector Calls, the play takes a look at class arrogance, complacency and family tensions.   Beneath the surface of this simple family story, Priestley explores the political and social history of Britain between the wars, and the nature of time itself.

CAST 1919
Kay Conway – Georgie Wood
Madge Conway – Margaret Lowe
Hazel Conway – Abi Deehan
Alan Conway – Steven Bayman
Carol Conway – Hannah Hargreaves
Mrs Conway –  Gill Hines
Joan Helford – Steph Jepson
Gerald Thornton – Nathan Brown
Ernest Beavers – Joe Riley
Robin Conway – Chris Callaghan

CAST 1938
Kay Conway – Jane Lees
Alan Conway – Noel Dollimore
Joan Conway – Kate Sutcliffe
Madge Conway – Jayne Caithness
Hazel Beavers – Lynda Jepson
Mrs Conway – Shirley Allwork
Gerald Thornton – Nick Bate
Ernest Beavers  – Ian McLean
Robin Conway – Justin Osborne

 

 

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28 June – 1 July

THE WINTER’S TALE
by William Shakespeare

The Winter’s Tale is set across 16 years and begins with two friends, Leontes and Polixenes, and Leontes’ pregnant wife, Hermione, celebrating with friends. Leontes’ jealousy and suspicion of the relationship between his wife and his friend causes him to send his wife to trial, causing her to give birth early. Leontes sends his newborn daughter to be killed. However, Antigonus, who was sent to Bohemia to kill the child, gave her mercy and the child, Perdita, is found by a Shepherd and his son and is raised as their own child.

Director Georgie Wood sets the first half of the play (Sicilia) at the end of the war in Britain in Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms and the second half (Bohemia) in 1961, in New York’s Bohemian Greenwich Village.

1- 4 November

INTO THE SILENCE
By Noel Dollimore

Based on the life and times of Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948), the play covers nearly 100 years of Anglo-Indian history. Grand-daughter of Ranjit Singh, “The Lion of the Punjab” and a god-daughter of Queen Victoria, Sophia was born and raised in England.

The play opens with Sophia’s father, Duleep Singh, then aged just eleven, signing away the Punjab to the British after the Sikh Wars in in 1849. He is brought to England where Queen Victoria gives him the stately home of Elvedon in Suffolk, where he and his wife mix in the highest social circles and raise a family of six children, of whom Sophia is the youngest.

Sophia joins the Suffragettes and eventually takes over the movement as President following the death of Emmeline Pankhurst in 1928. Although the play does involve serious subject matter, it is lightened by some uproariously comic scenes, and the pace never drops.