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The Lark

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 1974.


The Lark

by Jean Anouilh

 

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Directed by
Anna Welsh

Cast

Barrie Bowen – Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick

Roger Stott – Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais

Monica Joyce – Joan

Ralph Dawes – Her Father

Betty Dawes – Her Mother

Paul Thompson – Her Brother

George Porter – The Promoter

Douglas Tucker – The Inquisitor

Peter Joyce – Brother Ladvenu

Alan Upton – Robert de Beaudricourt

Ralph Warman – Boudousse, a guard

Ann Baker – Agnes Sorel

Sheila Deasey – The Young Queen

Neil McKellar – Charles, The Dauphin

Ulla Sharman – Queen Yolande

Bill Mack – Archbishop of Rheims

Peter Murrell – M. De La Tremouille

Laura Martin – Page to the Dauphin

Jack Bingham – Captain La Hire

Alan Upton – The Hangman

Paul Vrettos – An English Soldier

Peter Harrison – A Monk

 

Production Crew

Producer – Bill Mack

Stage Manager – Paul Vrettos

Assistant Stage Manager – Ethel Barrs

Assistant Stage Manager – Frances Thorne

Assistant Stage Manager – Ralph Warman

Assistant Stage Manager – Peter Harrison

Set Design – Sue Chaplin [based on a design by Jean-Denis Malcles]

Set Construction – Paul Vrettos

Costumes – Diana Parrish

Lighting Plot – Frank Hurrell

Sound – Roger Stott

Sound – Andrew Theaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

 

Programme Note #1: The Lark

AW wrote: “Jean Anouilh has written The Lark on his recurring theme of the persecution of the innocent.
In this production I have taken ‘the innocent’ as the artist in society – suffering, under the weight of his talent, manipulation, misunderstanding, and even hatred from the different groups in which he finds himself, albeit receiving sympathy, help and encouragement in like measure. The author has presented his argument in the wrapping of a charming comedy.”

 

Programme Note #2: The Lark

“In recent years we have established a strong and successful tradition for plays set in the medieval/renaissance period: our productions of A Man for All Seasons, Beckett, and A Lion in Winter are still frequently referred to, by cast and audience alike. We are confident that The Lark will do full justice to this tradition.

Anna Welsh has not directed before but she brings to the task her years of experience as a professional actress. Sadly, this will probably be the last part that Ann Baker plays for us as she plans to go to live in Athens early next year. We have also lost Tony Morrison, one of our most dedicated back stage members; Tony is now working in North Africa.

The Secretary Bird will probably have been cast by the time this production opens and this delightful comedy should do something to cheer up what could be a rather dismal February! ”

 


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