Flare Path

by Terence Rattigan

directed by Fran Morley

Performed at the

Plaza Theatre, Romsey


8th to 11th February 1989

The amateur company continued its war theme with Terence Rattigan's World War Two drama.
Unlike Accrington Pals, a tale of army lads in the First World War, this is the battle of the gentlemen of the RAF - all stiff upper lips and pink gins.
The sentimental and patriotic piece involves a mid-night raid on Germany from a Lincolnshire airbase and how it affects the flyers and those left behind.

Interwoven into the war story is the theme of unexpressed love that Rattigan returned to in later years.
The company's staging is excellent. Alhough you never leave the confines of a hotel, you are aware of the action just outside the window.
Most impressive acting came from Belinda Drew and Albert Minns who made the most of stereotyped working class roles.
Notable too were Jenni Watson's countess, Chris Williams who played the Polish Biggles figure for laughs and John Carrington Jnr as Teddy.

Sue Wilkinson

The Players
Peter Kyle, Film Star Chris Williams
Patricia Graham, His former sweetheart Hillary Meikle
Mrs. Oakes, Hotel Owner of The Falcon Inn Jean Durman
Percy, The young barman Simon Wild
Flt Lieut. Graham RAF, Husband of Patricia Johnny Carrington
Polish Count and RAF pilot Ian Morley
Rear Gunner Dusty Miller Albie Minns
Maudie Miller, his wife Belinda Drew
Sqdrn-Leader Swanson David Bartlett
Countess ?, Cockney wife of the polish pilot Jenni Watson


For the Maskers:
The Director Fran Morley
Stage Manager Angela Barks, Julia Campone and Fran Morley
Lighting Ron Tilyer and Anthony Baldery
Sound Tony Lawther, assisted by Geoff Grandy and Georgie Bance
Set design Mike Wharf
Set construction Roger Lockett, John Riggs and Mike Wharf
Historical Advisor Douglas Coates (formerly coastal command)


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Albie Minns, Simon Wild, Chris Williams
Chris Williams, Hillary Meikle
Johnny Carrington, Albie Minns, Belinda Drew
Hillary Meikle, Johnny Carrington
Johnny Carrington, Hillary Meikle
Chris Williams, Johnny Carrington
Hillary Meikle, David Bartlett
Hillary Meikle, Johnny Carrington
Hillary Meikle, Chris Williams
Simon Wild, Jenni Watson
Jenni Watson, Chris Williams
Jenni Watson, Belinda Drew, Hillary Meikle
Albie Minns, Belinda Drew
Ian Morley, Jenni Watson
Johnny Carrington, Hillary Meikle
Simon Wild, Jenni Watson, Ian Morley
Chris Williams, Hillary Meikle
Chris Williams, Jenni Watson, Belinda Drew
Belinda Drew, Johnny Carrington, Albie Minns

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