Report of the Headley Theatre Club's evening of One-act plays, May 1974

Report by Jo Fisher:

The Headley Theatre Club presented a trilogy of one-act plays at the village hall last week when the accent was on humour.

"Come Back Tomorrow" by David Campton had an entirely female cast and made fun of amateur dramatic societies. Miss Erica Platt (a drama critic feared for her outspoken criticism) visits an amateur dramatic group to review its current production but, unfortunately, attends the dress rehearsal by mistake, and the result is chaos.
Production was by Joan Sharp and the cast did well with a difficult play. In David Campton style the humour was subtle and for those in the audience who did not speak French, the clumsy attempts at a French accent by the fictitious players was completely lost. With frequent prompting, it was difficult to tell whether it was for the benefit of the Theatre Club players, or the characters in the play.
The cast was: Phyllis Smith, Rie Gerstel, Lorna Campbell, Doreen Leighton, Joan Parkinson, Doreen Keen, and sound effects, etc, Marie Bryan.

The second production "Saxon Wives of Ellendune" by L du Garde Peach, was set in the year 825 A.D. The Danes had landed and were travelling through England burning and plundering the villages. The men in the village had taken fright and run to the nearby monastery, leaving their women to the mercy of the Danes. The wives have divided beliefs, one train of thought thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and Winfrith (Lucy Marks) intends to present the Danes with a stew she has been brewing for some considerable time. However, Judith (Hilary Binns) intends to use her female charms, and promises that once she has them under her spell she will endeavour to save the other women.
Production was by Michael Marks and all the cast performed well. Other members of the cast were Rie Gerstel, Phyllis Brewster, Eileen Callaghan, and Joan Parkinson.

The third play, "The Fish" by Yves Cabrol, was produced by Marie Bryan and was excellent. The scene, a river bank somewhere in France on a summer evening, was very authentic.
Described as a light comedy, "The Fish" told the lighthearted tale of how a miserable greengrocer and an extremely cheerful undertaker exchange businesses. Their wives are completely opposite, the greengrocer's being gay and lighthearted and the other nagging and humourless.
Yves Cabrol, the greengrocer, has a son, Louis, who has been making advances to Yvette and Celestine Plum, daughter of the undertaker, Pierre Plum.
The cast consisted mainly of the Young Section of the Theatre Club – Nick Webb, Liz Dhillon, Vicki Cook, Phil Longhurst, Ray Pascoe, Lesley Wightman, Doreen Leighton, and Joe Lucas. Pru Harrold was stage manager. The whole play was well polished, with attention having been given to every detail of costume, set, lighting and music.
During the play, Marie Bryan introduced several mime sequences, which complemented by French music were very effective.

General stage manager for three plays was David Bryan, assisted by Don Brewster and George Fisher.


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