Inherit the Wind

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

directed by Roy Tabor

Performed at

the Nuffield Theatre


11st to 14th April 1973

Cast played by:
Henry DrummondDavid Pike
Matthew Harrison BradyKenneth Spencer
The JudgePeter Syvret
Bertram CatesRay Green
E.K. HornbeckGraham Buchanan
Tom DavenportRichard Bowen
Rev. Jeremiah BrownDavid Jupp
The MayorHarry Manns
MeekerGeoff Wharam
SillersJohn Hamon
PhilChris Boxall
Reuter's ManChris Boxall
DunlapDavid Dudley
BannisterMike Shailer
Radio ManSteve Rake
Rachel BrownSheana Carrington
Mrs. BradyMolly Manns
Mrs. BlairAvril Woodward
Mrs. KrebsShieila Clarke
Mrs. McLainBetty Green
The Mayor's WifeJenni Rodway
Hot-Dog SeniorAnne Kitchen
HowardStephen Murray
TimmyToby Manns
MelindaGail Woodward
SunnyKaren Bartlett
ChildrenTanya Stephens, David Brown
Jurors, TownsfolkEna Hamon, Angela Dean, Rosemary Tanner, Linda Winwood, Anita Pope, Therese Collings, Phyl Boniface and Gentlemen From The Maskers

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From The Southampton Evening Echo.

A small town’s bigotry on trial.

The Maskers are presenting Jerome Lawrence’s “Inherit the Wind” at the Nuffield theatre this week. The play is based on the Scopes “monkey” trial in Tennessee in 1925. The director, Roy Tabor has kept the production in America of the twenties with light American accents. Too often in such productions, the accent intrudes and irritates. The accent here never intrudes. The unusual use of the forestage, which is almost at floor level, for the court room scenes – with the town scenes on a permanent set on the main stage works well. The lighting is subdued, deepening the effect of the oppressive, omnipresent small-town atmosphere.

David Pike is Drummond the defending lawyer – the agnostic, who proves to have more faith than his opponent. It is a quiet, thoughtful performance, made up with many tiny touches from the odd movement like plunging his hands in his pockets, scratching his nose, culminating in a superb exit.

His vanquished foe, blind, opinionated ignorance is represented by Brady, a lawyer who has thrice been runner-up to the presidency – played by Ken Spencer. Graham Buchanan has a gift of a part as the cynical, wisecracking Baltimore journalist (“Hillsborough is the buckle on the Bible belt.”) But that does not detract from his wry performance which could so easily have been overdone.

Sheana Carrington – as always – is good value as the bible-thumping preacher’s daughter, Rachael, in whom the whole conflict is crystalised.

I liked Peter Syvret as the judge, young Stephen Murray as the schoolboy Howard on the witness stand and Geoff Wharam as the stoical Meeker.

An excellent play, well worth a visit, it runs to the end of the week.

- Jasmine Profit.

For the Maskers  
Directed byRoy Tabor
Stage ManagerKeith Hooper
Production AssistantsBob Wilson, Pete White
Assistant to the DirectorLiz Fanner
Set DesignKenneth Spencer
Costume HireBristol Old Vic
Wardrobe MistressGladys Knight
Lighting DesignDerek Jones
LightingIvan White
SoundGeoff Grandy, Ron Tillyer
PropertiesAngela Stephens
Business Management & PublicityJohn Paget, Graham Buchanan

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