Production 125 Bitter Sanctuary

Bitter SanctuaryBy Rosemary Anne Sisson

Performed on Thu 28th to Sat 30th April 1988 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mme. Kapek Dot Smith
Lina Justine Sewell
Carol (her husband) Andrew Spencer
Tanya Kath Thomson
Stefan (her husband) Anthony Aikman
Michael (their young son) Stuart Alexander
Maria (their young son) Emma Gray
Jan Kapek Paul Taylor
Miss. Carpenter (welfare officer) Stephanie Walmsley

Cast of Bitter Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bitter Sanctuary

Cast of Bitter Sanctuary

Powerful Portrayal

All the utter hopelessness and bitter tension of post-war refugees in Europe is expressed by Rosemary Anne Sisson in her play Bitter Sanctuary. It exemplifies the frustration of talented people who have given up their country in search of freedom, a freedom which is denied for many of them. Anthony Aikman made his debut with The Guild Players in their production last week and gave a sterling performance as the father of two youngsters who has to leave his sick wife in the camp when the rest go to a new life in Australia. He showed understanding of the man’s awful dilemma and dominated the stage with the strength of his personality. Kath Thomson was his wife and she portrayed well her inner conflict as a non‑believer with her husband’s Christian faith. She showed with remarkable skill the nervous reaction of the woman. Two former Junior Guild members, Justine Sewell and Andrew Spencer, played a young married couple. Andrew was convincing as the feckless young husband who found the situation too much for him, while Justine portrayed his sensuous wife with a near‑brutal clarity. There was a lively performance from Paul Taylor as the young man who gets his visa foe America. He introduced into the morbid atmosphere a very welcome liveliness. Stephanie Walmsley gained much sympathy as the welfare officer who did her best within her limits. Dot Smith, playing an elderly widow in a state of shock, was powerful in her awesome silence, and, when a familiar waltz penetrated the blackness of her mind, in abandoned spontaneity. And the two youngsters, Stuart Alexander and Emma Gray, were both captivating in their understanding of the terrible pressures put upon children under such conditions. They demonstrated most ably the fine work of training Junior Guild members received. Christopher Sewell directed Bitter Sanctuary and he showed his skill in the response of his cast. There were times, notably in the 2nd Act, when the tempo slowed, but this was also due to some over-writing. Christine Eyden was the Producer, and the stark but compellingly authentic set was the work of Jessica Robinson and Andrew Spencer. The Guild Players offer a complete change in July; three performances of Old Time Music Hall.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Christine Eyden
Set Design Jessica Robinson & Andrew Spencer
Stage Managers Pat Smith & Gill Watson
Prompt Christine Eyden
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Front of House Alan Cresswell, Brenda Smith, Pam Rawcliffe & Pam Jones
Box Office Pam Jones
Raffle Pam Jones & Sid Jones
Refreshments Glenys Cresswell, Marianne Sewell & Olive Harlow
Bar Bob Marshall & Cindy Marshall

Cast of Bitter Sanctuary