Production 116 They Came to a City

They Came to a CityBy J.B. Priestley

 

Performed on Thu 18th to Sat 20th April 1985 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Lady Loxfield Stephanie Walmsley
Philippa Loxfield Vanessa Sewell
Cudworth Mark Laker
Mrs. Batley Dot Smith
Sir George Gedney Paul Taylor
Dorothy Stritton Ann Willis
Malcolm Stritton Ann Willis
Alice Foster Kath Thomson
Joe Dinmore Alex Thomson

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

They Came to a City

Cast of They Came to a City

The Guild Players have always been keen to perform the plays of J.B. Priestley and have, through the years, had numerous successes with his work. The players have chosen Priestley’s They Came to a City for their next production. This will be at the Kilshawe Theatre, in St. George’s Hall, Deal, for three nights from Thursday, April 18th. The producer is Christopher Sewell and Alex and Kath Thomson take the parts played by John Clements and Googie Withers in the original production at the Globe Theatre, London, in April 1943. Others in the cast are Shamus Boyle, Mark Laker, Paul Taylor, Vanessa Sewell, Ann Willis and Dot Smith. It was written at a bitter period of World War 2 and is a dramatic interpretation of Priestley’s dream of a just society. It illustrates the timelessness of the great issues of life and death. The characters are found outside a city. They are not dead, nor dreaming, but they are removed from the constraints of time and place. Some characters reject the city, some stay and are fulfilled. There are moments of simple idealism……an idealism shared by many in those war years. Here is a thoughtful play in which The Guild Players excel. It promises to be one of their most powerful productions in recent years.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Set Design & Construction Sid Jones, Bob Marshall, Mark Laker, Paul Taylor, Shamus Boyle & Pam Jones
Music Pupils of Dover Grammar School for Girls
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Sound Operator Nick Bennett
Sound Recording CMS Recording
Prompt Doris Cohen
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Bar Peter Woods
Refreshments Mildred Woods & helpers

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