Production 123 Fingers

FingersBy Ward Rutherford

Performed on Thu 16th to Sat 19th July 1987 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Claire Dennis Lynda Gray
Michelle Flanders Jessica Robinson
Stephen Dennis Andrew Russell
Gwen Dennis Gill Watson
Christabel Vanessa Sewell
Eve Justine Sewell

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Previews/Reviews

 

Previews/Reviews

Fingers

Cast of Fingers

Powerful Acting Built Up Tension

Was there a woman, with a mind of a child, capable of grotesque murder still lurking in the near derelict country cottage? Audiences at The Guild Players production of Fingers were left pondering this question. The thriller, with its enigmatic ending, ran for three nights at The Kilshawe Theatre last week. The production was notable for the powerful performances of Lynda Gray, cast as the young wife who finds herself in terrifying situations in the lonely, neglected cottage. Her characterisation was one of considerable depth and one, which brought out the emotional reactions of an artistic woman caught in a web of deceit and terror. I found her utterly convincing and was impressed by her inflection of voice and gesture. Jessica Robinson was cast as her best friend and confidante, and she gave a cool and authoritative portrayal of a woman viewing the tension from a distance. This was well conceived and gave the play balance. Vanessa Sewell was the young and attractive hippy, gum chewing and tattooed on one arm, wearing the inevitable jeans with holes in. She brought a little brightness to the sombreness, both with her good looks and her characterisation of the brittle, shallow youngster. Gill Watson gave a well‑studied performance as the mother of the child‑woman – if there ever was one – whose experiences had unbalanced her mind. Her performance in the closing minutes of the play was classic. The mysterious child was never seen, but she was heard. Justine Sewell, with her giggle which had a ring of evil, was a small but dominating part of the action. The only male in the play was Andrew Russell, and this was to his disadvantage. Nonetheless, he did well with a fairly colourless part. Direction was by Christopher Sewell, who built up the tension to a terrifying proportion, creating a feeling of real apprehension. His talented cast responded perfectly to his positive thought. On the last night the Players’ lighting man Nick Tigwell was unwell. Simon Chapman of St. Leonard’s Players, who coped pretty well, took his place.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Andrew Spencer
Set Painters Paul Lecky, Dave Parks & Justine Sewell
Stage Managers Pat Smith, Dot Smith & Andrew Spencer
Set Builders Roy Baker & Bill Hincliffe
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Prompt Doris Cohen
Refreshments Guild Players Members
Front of House Alan Cresswell & Helpers
Box Office Pam Jones & Sid Jones
Bar Bob Marshall & Cindy Marshall

Cast of Fingers