by David Rudkin

directed by Michael Patterson

Performed at

The Nuffield Studio


2nd to 7nd November 1981

Editor's note: In the original archive files this show was listed as being performed in Boldrewood Lecture Theatre - It was actually in the Nuffield "Studio" which at the time was the lecture theatre in the building next to the Nuffield Theatre (on campus) main entrance, now called the Annexe. I remember this as one evening there was a bit of fuss when two ladies appeared late for the start, there were no seats so they were given some chairs in the aisle. Then after a while they came into the projection box and asked me if this was "RockaBilly"! "RockaBilly" was actually the show on in the Nuffield main house at the time. I redirected them, but missing a lighting cue due to the interuption, I grabbed the first fader and brought the full stage lights up on a naked Pete White when it should have been very low level subtle back lighting - Whoops! Sorry Pete!

David Rudkin

David Rudkin was born In London In 1936. the son of a Nonconformist minister. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and St. Catherine's College, Oxford. At the age of 26 he achieved a notable success for one so young, when his first play Afore Night Come was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been a prolific writer and apart from his stage plays he has produced much work for television. He is also well known in the world of opera for his translation of the opera Moses and Aaron and his librettos for The Grace of Todd and Sabbetai Zeui. In 1966 Rudkin cooperated with Francals Truffaut to write the screenplay for Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's science fiction classic. Rudkin's best known stage plays include Cries from Casement As His Bones Are Brought To Dublin and tonight's production, Ashes.

The Players
Peter White and Sarah Taylor
Becket Pennington-Legh
Philippa Taylor
The Characters (in order of appearance)
Colin, a teacher, married to Anne, an ex-teacher
Jennifer, a medical student
His receptionist
Valerie, a next door neighbour
Gynaecological Surgeon
Ambulance men
Hospital nurse
Social Services Officer
Area Adoptions Officer
For the Maskers:
Director Michael Patterson
Production Manager Belinda Drew
Lighting / Sound Clive Weeks
Make Up/Dresser Mollie Manns
Stage Assistants The Maskers, Lawrence Till
Medical Adviser Dr. Peter Claydon
Business Management Graham Buchanan
Programme Design Brian Stansbridge


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