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Pink String and Sealing Wax

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

February 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, 1983.


Pink String and Sealing Wax

by Roland Pertwee

 

pink-string-and-sealing-wax_playbill

Directed by
George Porter

Cast

Andrea Smith – Eva Strachan

Margaret Ockenden – Mrs. Strachan

Nicholas Thorne – Albert Strachan

Ralph Dawes – Edward Strachan

Louise Bray-Allen – Jessie Strachan

Sarah Ockenden – Emily Strachan

Neil Shephard – Dr O’Shea

Peter Joyce– Ernest O’Shea

Amanda Dawes – Pearl Bond

 

Production Crew

Stage Manager – Joan Bearman

A.S.M. – Karen Mulholland

A.S.M. – Daphne Thornton

Lighting – Frank Hurrell

Lighting – Frank Childs

Lighting – David Childs

Lighting – Jonathon Dawes

Effects & Continuity – Jill Redman

Wardrobe – Pat Moss

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Front of House – Ron Cheesman

Set Construction – Brian Box

Music Composition – Patrick Johnson

Recorded Voice – Darryl Brown

Foyer Decoration – Rosemary Biggs

Box Office – Frances Thorne

Programme Cover – Antony Muzzall

 

Programme Note #1: Pink String and Sealing Wax

GP wrote: “Dear Audience,
This play has the virtue of providing a number of interesting parts for young people and this was my main reason for staging this production. The Company wished to bring more of their young members into a major production and what better vehicle for such an enterprise than a play about a family with four teenage children. In fact five of our ‘Young Wick’ are appearing because Amanda Dawes plays Pearl Bond – the sort of young woman of whom mother would not have approved. The other talented newcomers are Andrea Smith, Louise Bray-Allen, Sarah Ockenden and Nicolas Thorne [who all appeared in Oliver] Good luck to them all.

As for the ‘seniors’; I am delighted with them – their triumphs in earlier Wick plays are too numerous to mention. It is also notable that we have two parent daughter couples in this play and even curiouser, is that Amanda is playing the part her mother played as a teenager when Young Wick Players presented this play in 1956.

The play is, I consider, a good, if sometimes obvious slice of Victorian cake. Colour is provided by references to the old Chain Pier, the Penny-farthing bicycle and so on. But it has warmth and a sense of family – even though the Victorian attitude displayed is somewhat alien to our present day anti-chauvinist trends. Where are the heavy fathers now?

With Christmas holidays intervening we have all had too short a time to present this very busy play but hope to acquit ourselves well for your and our own pleasure.”

 


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