Production 128 The Roses of Eyam

The Roses of EyamBy Don Taylor

Performed on Wed 10th to Sat 13th May 1989 at The Astor Theatre
In collaboration with The Deal Dramatic Society

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

William Mompesson (Rector of Eyam) Richard Sewell
Sir George Saville (his patron) Alex Thomson
Catherine Mompesson (his wife) Kath Thomson
His Two Small Children Michael Webster & Phillippa Sewell
The Bedlam Justine Sewell
Old Unwin Judy Wilson
Mary Merril Rose Connolly
Marshall Howe Marshall Howe
Thomas Stanley (former Rector of Eyam) Anthony Aikman
Rowland Torre (from Stoney Middleton) Andy Russell
George Vicars (the village tailor) Tony Hollow
Colonel Bradshaw (the local squire) Alex Thomson
Mrs. Bradshaw Linda Mewes
A Carter Keith Oiller
Edward Thornley Nick Drinkall
Isaac Thornley Keith Oiller
Elizabeth Thornley Lynn Archer
William Thornley Peter Sewell
Francis Thornley Aaron Esdale
Mary Thornley Sonia Carballido
Richard Sydall Lawrence Woolnough
Mrs. Sydall Christine Eyden
Sarah Sydall Sally Newman
Emmot Sydall Claire Middleton
Jane Sydall Karen Hamilton
Mrs. Hancock Shona Green
Margaret Hancock Lynda Borley
Alice Hancock Cathy Webster
Frances Frith Pam Pinfold
Elizabeth Frith Leigh Allchin
Jonathan Frith Nathan Sewell
Thomas Frith John Borley
Edytha Torre Wendy Smith
Alice Torre Linda Gray
John Torre John Fitzgerald
Thomas Torre (musician) Phillip Martin
Sythe Torre (musician) Geoffrey Huggins
Frances Torre Vanessa Tester
Margaret Mower Janet Hughes
Deborah Wilson Abigail Archer
Mrs. Cooper Dot Smith
Edward Cooper Russell Bright
Jane Cooper Sharon Gilmore
Elizabeth Swanne Dionne Hairsine
Lydia Chapman Shona Green

Cast of The Roses of EyamCast of The Roses of Eyam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

The Roses of Eyam

Cast of The Roses of Eyam

Dramatic Tale of Plague Tragedy

The Roses of Eyam, a play by Don Taylor based on historic fact when the plague came to a tiny Derbyshire village some three centuries ago. The production was staged at The Astor Theatre with an imaginative use of both stage and floor to accommodate the action from a cast of around 50. It was a massive undertaking and the success of its chilling tale of courage and self-sacrifice in the face of a revolting death must go to the Director Christopher Sewell. With a natural sense of theatre he brought together his large cast, some of them not very experienced, and an unusually long script to present a perceptive glance at England’s past, an England in which, as often happens, the inhabitants reacted with dignity in the face of adversity. The play was notable for a number of outstanding performances and of these two stand out as memorable. Richard Sewell as the Rector and Anthony Aikman as the deposed Rector, were dominating throughout. Each gave a characterisation of strength, carefully conceived and brilliantly portrayed. Among other performances, which had considerable impact, was that of Justine Sewell as the demented girl who survived it all. It is not easy to portray madness on stage and Justine’s performance was an object lesson for the drama student. Nick Drinkall gave a commanding performance and Andy Russell certainly gave his best characterisation to date. Kath Thomson was endearing as the Rector’s wife and there were well-conceived portrayals from Judy Wilson, Rose Connolly and Gerry Cavell. What follows is a list of names of other cast members, each worthy of individual mention but which space precludes. They were Michael Webster, Phillipa Sewell, Tony Holllow, Linda Mewes, Keith Oiller, Lynn Archer, Peter Sewell, Aron Esdale, Sonia Carballido, Lawrence Woolnough, Christine Eyden, Sally Newman, Claire Middleton, Karen Hamilton, Shona Green, Lynda Borley, Cathy Webster, Pam Pinfold, Leigh Allchin, Nathan Sewell, John Borley, Wendy Smith, Linda Gray, John Fitzgerald, Phillip Martin, Geoffrey Huggins, Vanessa Tester, Janet Hughes, Abigail Archer, Dot Smith, Russell Bright, Sharon Gilmore, Dionne Hairsine and Christopher Sewell, who stepped in to deputise for Alex Thomson, who was indisposed. This was a particularly powerful production and impressive in every way. It has, I hope, impressed newcomers to amateur audiences and that there will be more interest in local groups. All in this production mark a milestone in local amateur theatre – it will be hard to follow.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Chris Tester
Stage Managers Andy Spencer & Maureen Mewes
Set Builders Chris Tester, Nick Drinkall & Vanessa Tester
Lighting David Dunn, Nikki Oiller & Tim Drinkall
Prompts Pat Smith & Prue Jamieson
Props Maureen Mewes & helpers
Costumes Jan Critchett
Make-Up Prue Jamieson
Front of House Brenda Smith, Mrs.Rawcliffe, Sally Padley & Guy Spencer
Refreshments Brenda Goodbourne & Marianne Sewell
Box Office Pam Jones & Brenda Goodbourne

Cast of The Roses of EyamVanessa Tester as Frances Torre