Harlequinade

by Terence Rattigan

directed by Ken Spencer

Performed at the Totton Drama Festival
then at the

Maskers' Emsworth Road Studio

on

18th March 2008

The Director wrote:

Terence Rattigan’s Harlequinade was first presented in 1948 as half of an evening of one-act plays and starred two of the matinée idols of the day - Eric Portman and Mary Ellis.

The first of the two plays, The Browning Version which saw Eric Portman as a frustrated and disillusioned school master and Mary Ellis as his faithless and callous wife, provided a strong contrast to what was to follow..... A hilarious skit on the acting profession, with Portman and Ellis featured as a theatrical husband and wife in what we fear is not a first rate production of Romeo and Juliet.

It seemed to me to be an ideal choice for a Festival of one act plays providing, as it does, “dramatic” opportunities of all shapes and sizes for both newcomers to the craft of the theatre and those with more experience (and who really ought to know better!!).

………

The Craft of Comedy is a serious matter - when the laughter in rehearsal stops you know you’re heading in the right direction - when the audience starts to laugh you know that the last five weeks have been worth all your efforts.

Ken Spencer

The Cast
Arthur Gosport Philip de Grouchy
Edna Gosport Maria Head
Jenny Hayley Cheeseworth
Jack Wakefield Gareth Price
Dame Maud Gosport Hazel Burrows
George Chudleigh Albie Minns
First Halberdier Ian Wilson
Second Halberdier Craig Mintram
Frederick Ingram Martin Caveney
Muriel Palmer George Moody
Tom Palmer Pete Burrows
Mr Burton Johnny Carrington
Joyce Langland Elizabeth Davies
Miss Fishlock Sally Scott
Policeman Stuart Gray


George Moody won Best Supporting Actress

Hazel Burrows won Best Actress

Gareth Price won Best Actor

 
Production Team
Director Ken Spencer
Technical Team Jamie McCarthy, Roger Lockett, Graham Buchanan
Properties Ella Lockett
Programme Design Anja McCloskey
Wardrobe Sheana Carrington, Emma Carrington
Printing Geoff Wharam
Photographs Clive Weeks

 
 
 
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