Finals of the 1975 Coarse Acting Festival

held at the Salisbury Playhouse

performed at the

Salisbury Playhouse

on date unknown?

Adjudicated by Michael Green

Programme

  1. The Bournemouth Little Theatre Club
    in The Merchant of Venice (Act IV)

  2. Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hann with
    Members of The Eddystone Lighthouse Theatre-in-the-Round Company
    in Hamlet

  3. The National Theatre
    in A Ski Lift to Murder

  4. Pitton Theatre Club (The Middle-Aged Vick)
    in Othello (Act V)

  5. The Salisbury Playhouse (Tenby Operatic and Dramatic Society (TOADS))
    in The Seagull

  6. The Questors Theatre
    in The Vicar Did It

Unbelievably it is over ten years since Michael Green’s classic The Art of Coarse Acting was published. And when the idea of this festival was first discussed less than ten months ago, all three of us directly concerned said: “Oh Yes. I have a copy--of course.” And all three of us sheepishly admitted a day or two later that ours could not be found. The result, no doubt, of the exercise of The Art of Coarse Lending.

The book covers the whole field of theatre - indeed it is sub-titled “How to Wreck an Amateur Dramatic Society” In this Festival we have restricted ourselves to the stage itself. Teams competing in the Preliminary Round in Salisbury, in Southampton and in Weymouth were given a list of subjects from which to choose and allowed 9 to 12 minutes, and from 2 to 7 performers with which to complete their task. For the Final, the same conditions apply except that the teams may perform any piece they like. But throughout, and above all, they have been asked to enjoy themselves and to entertain you, the audience. If any team has taken itself seriously it has broken Law One of Coarse Festivals.

In tonight's Final, we have the winners from each of the three Regional heats competing against a team from the Salisbury Playhouse and invited Companies.from The Questors (Michael Green's current Coarse Acting and Coarse Drinking home), and from the National Theatre. Four amateur teams taking on two professionals, so anything can happen - and should!


1. The Bournemouth Little Theatre Club
in The Merchant of Venice (Act IV)

Cast played by:
Duke of Venice Leon Joiner
Narissa Venessa Dean
Antonio John White
Shylock Alan Jarvis
Bassanio Philip Mutton
Portia Eileen Rawlings
Gratiano Derek Hyder
Production Team
Directed by Keith Rawlings
Back Stage Pam Field, John Tickler

2. The Maskers
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hann with Members of The Eddystone Lighthouse Theatre-in-the-Round Company
in Hamlet

Cast played by:
Hamlet Mr.Kenneth Hann
Francisco Pete White
Barnardo Kenneth Spencer
Horatio John Carrington
Marcellus Michael Shailer
Ghost Rev.Graham Buchanan
Claudius Kenneth Spencer
Gertrude Mrs.Kenneth Hann
Voltemand John Carrington
Cornelius Michael Shailer
Polonius Pete White
Laertes Rev.Graham Buchanan
Ophelia Mrs.Kenneth Hann
Production Team
Directed by Mr.Kenneth Hann
Costumes Mrs.Kenneth Hann
Lighting Mr.Kenneth Hann
Sound Mr.Kenneth Hann
Effects Mr.Kenneth Hann

3. The National Theatre
in A Ski Lift to Murder

by Dame Agatha Coward

with assistance from Peter Robert Scott
Stage Manager: Phil Robins

Cast played by:
Lady Marjorie Sloane Jemifer Plercey
Harry Half-Worthington Harry Waters
Austin Catch-Ffumbler Philip Trewinard
Greta Protopopov Christine Edmonds
Inspector Percule Robert McBain
Seep, the Butler Michael Stroud
Daphne, the Maid Doran Godwin
A Body Peter Robert Scott

4. The Pitton Theatre Club (The Middle-Aged Vick)
in Othello (Act V)

by William Shakespeare

Adaptated and Directed by Jeanne Judd

Cast played by:
Lodovico John Veck
Desdemona June Ainsworth
Othello Frank Simmons
Einilia Jeanne Judd
Cassio Martin Blandford
Bianca Irene Tevendale
Iago Jim Whitby

5. The Salisbury Playhouse (Tenby Operatic and Dramatic Society (TOADS))
in The Seagull

by Anton Chekov

Produced by Reginald Askew (David Grout)

Cast played by:
Medviedenko Mr.Marcus Fipps (Jeffrey Perry)
Masha Miss Billa Harrod (Patience Tomlinson)
Vershinin Rev.Stratford Molesworth (Roger Leach)
Olga Mrs.Betty Askew (Tricia Thorns)

6. The Questors Theatre
in The Vicar Did It

by Peter Out

Directed by anyone who happened to be passing at the time

Scene: The drawing room of d'Arcy Towers home of Sir Henry d'Arcy somewhere in Kent

Cast played by:
Inspector David Pearson
d'Arcy Richard Gaunt
Mrs. d'Arcy Margaret Turner
Hubert John Wilbourn
Major John Turner
Vicar David Crewes
Cook Lorna Duval
James Michael Langridge
 
 
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