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Semi-Detached

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

February 10, 11 & 12, 1966.


Semi-Detached

by David Turner

 

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Directed by
George Baker

Cast

Jean Porter – Hilda Midway

Ian Elliott– Fred Midway

Terry Phillippe – Tom Midway

Jean Bailey – Eileen Midway

Barrie Bowen – Robert Freeman

Fay Sturt – Avril Hadfield

David Goodger – Nigel Hadfield

Betty Dawes – Garnet Hadfield

Ralph Dawes – Arnold Makepiece

 

Production Crew

Stage Manager – Clodagh O’Farrell

Production Manager – Dorothy Burnside

Lighting – Frank Hurrell

Properties – Margaret Perrett

Sound Effects – Terry Mase

Scenery – Barrie Bowen

Wardrobe Mistress – Morfydd Bowen

Audience Officer – George Porter

Box office [Southwick 2542] – Mary Chinchen

 

Programme Note: Semi-Detached

GB wrote: “This is a farce about the modern status race and is in the Classical tradition of say, Jonson or Molier. But don’t be put off by that – you are meant to laugh [as their audiences did at their plays] and we hope you will at this one.

The names of the characters indicate their respective types or present ‘status’ – Fred Midway, Mrs. Midfield [see better days], Bob Freeman and Mr. Makepiece [the gathering of wealth and completing the piece.]

A week or so ago there was a revealing article in the Observer which, if true, makes it clear that the status race is with us for some time to come – in fact large employers of labour appear to welcome and encourage it; it is one of the few stimuli that makes us work now!

You may be surprised and interested to learn that the play was commissioned by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and first presented to celebrate the re-opening of Coventry Cathedral and in December 1962 was transferred to the Saville Theatre in London with Sir Laurence Olivier as Fred Midway.”

 


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