The Southampton Heat of the Festival of Coarse Acting

The old Salisbury Playhouse organised a fund raising coarse acting festival in 1975. We took part and the local heats happened at the Bassett in the summer.
We performed an a "version" of Hamlet and won!
We then went on to Salisbury playhouse one Sunday evening to take part in the regional finals just before the playhouse closed at the end of the year.
Click here to see regional finals page.

performed at the

Maskers' Bassett Studio

on date

Sunday 16th February 1975

Featuring (in some order or other):

  • The Savoy Ensemble in Cox and Box
  • The Rigormortis Glee Club in The Merchant of Venice
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hann with Members of The Eddystone Lighthouse Theatre-in-the-Round Company in Hamlet
  • The Southampton Shakespearean Society in Romeo and Juliet
  • The Corsairs in Othello

The four productions will be followed by a “coarse” thought or two by our adjudicator, Roger Clissold, Artistic Director of The Salisbury Playhouse.

The Savoy Ensemble


Cox and Box

Words by F.C. Burnand
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
At the piano: Edwina Laird
Director: Pamela Hoskins

Cast played by:
CoxPeter Robson
BoxJohn Hoskins
BouncerDennis Gooch


The Rigormortis Glee Club


The Merchant of Venice

The Director wishes to remain anonymous and have no credit for the performance whatsoever.
Cast played by:
ShylockHarold Gasnier
PortiaGlynis Jasper
NerissaLynda Blizzard
AntonioBrian Drinkwater
BassanioDave Rhoderick
SalarioJohn Sillence
DukeJack Gasnier
ClerkJohn Sillence

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hann with

Members of The Eddystone Lighthouse Theatre-in-the-Round Company


Cast played by:
HamletMr.Kenneth Hann
FranciscoPete White
BarnardoKenneth Spencer
HoratioJohn Carrington
MarcellusMichael Shailer
GhostRev.Graham Buchanan
ClaudiusKenneth Spencer
GertrudeMrs.Kenneth Hann
VoltemandJohn Carrington
CorneliusMichael Shailer
PoloniusPete White
LaertesRev.Graham Buchanan
OpheliaMrs.Kenneth Hann
For the company:  
Directed byMr.Kenneth Hann
CostumesMrs.Kenneth Hann
LightingMr.Kenneth Hann
SoundMr.Kenneth Hann
EffectsMr.Kenneth Hann

The Southampton Shakespearean Society

dedicated to preserving the name of the noble and immortal Bard in our fair City

Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Keith Wiggins

Cast played by:
RomeoKeith Wiggins
JulietTricia Anderson
BenvolioJohn Martin
MercutioRichard Mead
NurseLesley Ward
PeterStephen Farmer
BrianBrian Hopper
PrompterPaula Lynch
SoundChris Harries
LightingMike Andrews


The Corsairs



Director Walter Plinge, Prompter Lee Kirk

Cast played by:
OthelloGeorge Kirk
DesdemonaPat Mannering
EmiliaJean McConnell
IagoJohn Morgan
CassioNoel Bishop
GratianoPeter Westerby



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