The Graduate

Adapted by Terry Johnson based on the Charles Webb novel and the movie screenplay by Calder Willingham & Buck Henry

directed by Steve Cosier

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre

on

Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th January 2012


 
Directors Notes

My first introduction to The Graduate was, like so many others, through the movie written by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, staring the talented Dustin Hoffman, seductive Anne Bancroft and beautiful Katharine Ross, all of whom received Oscar nominations. As a young man I became captivated by the haunting Simon & Garfunkel sound track and the story of Benjamin Braddock whose college education provided no answers; only furthered his frustrations and angst with the world. I have always viewed The Graduate as an iconic coming of age piece which even today in our 'modern' society mirrors the struggles that still ensue between young people and their parents (believe me I've been there!).

The adaptation by Te rry Johnson that you'll see tonight is the culmination of months of hard work by a talented crew and a group of actors who have taken my ideas, their own and a marvellous script; turning it into something I'm extremely proud of. Of course there are elements from the original film and book that we cannot reproduce such as the famous car journey that Ben undertakes (sorry no Hollywood budget ... this time!). My enduring memories of this process are the tireless backstage preparations and the subsequent rehearsals. This production has been a real team effort and I am grateful for everyone's help.

The final thank you goes to my darling wife Sandra who has supported me throughout this production and has tolerated my "prime donne" ways at home X.

Steve Cosier

Cast
Benjamin Braddock Matt Bulmer
Mrs Robinson Sarah-Jayne Wareham
Elaine Robinson Miriam Roe
Mr Braddock Neil Gwynne
Mrs Braddock Sarah Russell
Mr Robinson Marcus Kinsella
Desk Clerk Bruce Atkinson
Psychiatrist/Barman Ian Wilson
Priest Richard Martin
Stripper Anne Waggott
Belligerent Man Carl Browning
Wedding Guests Laura Nucinkis, Hannah Cutting, Avril Woodward, Andy Burrows
Strip Joint Customers Andy Burrows, Richard Martin, John Burrows
 
For the Maskers:
The Director Steve Cosier
Assistant to Director & Stage Manager and Prompt Sandra Cosier
Production Manager Harry Tuffill
Stage Manager Kathryn Salmon
Set Design Peter Liddiard
Set Build & Painting Graham Buchanan, Geoff Cook, Pete Hill, Peter Liddiard, Ken Hann, Roger Lockett, Ken Spencer, Bryan Langford, Alan Watson, Brian Stansbridge, Steve Russell
Stage Crew Geoff & Pam Cook, Andy Burrows, Ian Wilson, Richard Martin, Carl Browning, John Burrows
Lighting Design Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator Gail Blues
Sound Design Jamie McCarthy
Sound Operator Jamie McCarthy, Martyn Welch
Costumes Serena Brown
Costume Assistants Susan Wilson, Alison Kirby
Properties Adam Taussik, Alison Tebbutt
Marketing & Publicity Angela Stansbridge & tea
Poster/Flyer Design John Hamon, Clive Weeks
Programme Content & Production Harry Tuffill & Sarah Russell
Photography Clive Weeks
Front of House Chris Baker & team
Front of House Display Zannah Lawther

The music used during this production is from the original movie soundtrack:
Songs by Paul Simon, performed by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
Additional music by David Grusin

 

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