Cider With Rosie

by Laurie Lee - adapted by James Roose-Evans

directed by Mollie Manns

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


30th January to 3rd February 1996

Cider with Rosie played to full houses throughout the week, the "House Full" boards being displayed outside the theatre on a number of occasions

Laurie Lee was born in 1914 in the Cotswold village of Slad, Gloucestershire where he spent his childhood.

Cider with Rosie, published in 1959, is Laurie Lee's best known work. It is a nostalgic and evocative account of his childhood in a secluded Cotswold valley, and describes a vanished rural world 'a world of silence...of hard work and necessary patience...of white narrow roads, rutted by hooves and cartwheels, innocent of oil or petrol'.

Laurie set out from his home 'one mid-summer morning' at  the age of nineteen to walk to London. He carried with him a tent, a violin, and only a few shillings and some biscuits and cheese in his pocket. He walked to Southampton because he wanted to see the sea (perhaps the tide was out when the choir outing went to Weston Super Mare!). Here he stayed in a down-town boarding house for a shilling a night and near there, under a bridge by the old Terminus station, he had his first experience of 'busking'.

After a few weeks he travelled along the coast as far as Worthing (he was moved on by a policeman whilst playing 'Bless This House' outside Chichester Cathedral and then on to London where he worked as a builder's labourer before setting off to Spain, walking from Vigo to Andalucia, paying his way by playing the violin. The account of his journey is described in the second volume of his autobiography As I Walked Out One Mid Summer Morning.

A Moment of War, the third volume of  Laurie Lee's autobiography published in 1991 is an account of  his return to Spain in 1937, when the country was in the grip of civil war.

He has described himself as a chance witness of 'the end of a thousand years of life'.

Laurie Lee returned to live in Slad and died in May 1997

The Southampton Evening Echo wrote:

Laurie Lee's nostalgic account of his childhood in a rural Cotswold village is brought to life on stage by the Southampton based amateur group The Maskers Theatre Company............. The set showed Laurie's home, the outside and a school room by using different levels on the stage ........... the story moved along at a gentle pace with many moments to make you smile ........ this production, directed by Mollie Manns was impressive.

Laurie Brian Stansbridge
Mother Sheana Carrington
Loll Paul Taylor
Tony Tom Stansbridge
Jack Michael Coleman
Harold Andrew Wagstaff
Phyll Carmen Betteridge
Doth Emma Carrington
Marge Polly Morris
Midwife Brenda Atkinson
Mrs Moore Chris Baker
Crabby B Sonia Morris
Miss Wardley Belinda Drew
Assistant Teacher Jan Ward
Spadge Hopkins Carl Dunnington
Walt Kerry Dominic Peckham
Granny Trill Hazel Burrows
Granny Wallon Philippa Taylor
Baker David Jupp
Mrs Davies Jean Durman
Mr Davies Graham Hill
Vincent Steve Clark
Youths Carl Dunnington, Matt Betteridge, Emanuel Vattier
Girls Claire East, Michelle Cox
Bar Maid Jan Ward
Miss Flynn Belinda Drew
Maurice Alec Walters
 Uncle Ray David Pike
Uncle Sid Geoff Wharam
Fred the Milk Albie Minns
Rosie Amy Stansbridge
Jo Katy Ward
Betty Gleed Linzi Harvey
Squire Michael Patterson
Vicar Graham Buchanan
Baroness Julie Baker
Mrs Pimsbury Chris Baker

With Hannah Stansbridge and Paul Woodman

Pianist Belinda Drew
Violinist Chris Nelson
For the Maskers
Director Mollie Manns
Production and Stage Manager Ken Spencer
Assistant Stage Managers Georgia Emm, Tamasin Garland, Louise Merritt
Technical Coordinator Ron Tillyer
Set Design Ken Spencer
Set Construction Bryan Langford, Geoff Cook, Douglas Shiell, Ron Randall
Lighting Design Clive Weeks
Lighting Operators Nathan Weeks, Edward Randall, Gemma Smith
Sound Laurie Gee, Andy Roberts
Properties Ella Lockett, Christel Mauffet
Poster Photograph Hazel Burrows
Show Photography Clive Weeks
Publicity Michael Patterson, Philippa Taylor, Jan Ward, Harry Tuffill, Jim Portman, Vicky Griffiths
Programme Production Sandy White
Wardrobe Christine Baker, Hazel Burrows
Chaperones Angela Stansbridge, Jan Ward


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