Production 108 Spring and Port Wine

Spring and Port WineBy Bill Naughton

 

Performed on Thu 7th to Sat 9th April 1983 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Daisy Crompton Kath Fox
Florence Crompton Joanne Catt
Betty Jane Gill Watson
Wilfred Crompton Kevin Johnson
Harold Crompton Andy Russell
Hilda Crompton Nikki Gratrix
Rafe Crompton Alex Thomson
Arthur Jeremy Stewart

Cast of Spring and Port Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Spring and Port Wine

Cast of Spring and Port Wine

Youngsters Do Well in Guild Production

The Guild Players scored a notable success last week with Spring and Port Wine, presented at The Kilshawe Theatre for three nights. The production had all the ingredients of a first-class entertainment and deserved bigger audiences on the first two nights. Spring and Port Wine, by Bill Naughton, is a pleasing play about an ordinary family – it has sentiment and humour in profusion and characters that identify very easily. Christopher Sewell directed with a positive approach and gave full rein to the light and shade of the situations. He also got the best out of the youthful members of the cast. Alex Thomson carried the production with his powerful portrayal of the father. Here is a local actor of talent and this was a happy piece of casting. Kath Fox played the wife and invested considerable warmth into the part. One felt here was everyone’s loving mother. It was full of tenderness and affection. Gill Watson was the woman‑next-door, and, as she always does, Gill turned in a well-thought out characterisation. Jeremy Stewart is another highly reliable performer, and he again, gave a noteworthy cameo. Joanne Catt, who is Kath Fox’s daughter was called in at short notices when illness hit the cast. A very attractive girl, she excelled here by finding the depth of the author’s writing. Kevin Johnson, Andy Russell and Nikki Gratrix, three young stars of promise, complemented the cast. Each improves in succeeding plays and I found their performances revealing a fulsome understanding of stagecraft. The Guild Players have a policy of encouraging youngsters and are to be congratulated on this. It was gratifying to find such good performances. No doubt Christopher Sewell’s direction gave the young people much help - it certainly created well-defined confidence. With youngsters of this calibre, amateur theatre in the area will certainly thrive!

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Stage Managers Paul Taylor, Michael Delaney & Kath Fox
Set Builders Sid Jones, Pam Jones & Martyn Bailey
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Prompt Doris Cohen
Front of House Alan Cresswell & Assistants
Bar Peter Woods
Refreshments Refreshments

Cast of Spring and Port Wine