Production 14 After My Fashion

After My FashionBy Diana Morgan

Performed on Wed 12th to Fri 14th August 1959 at The Astor Theatre
Part of the 1st Summer Drama Festival

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

James Trenchard (a film producer) Ronald Latham
Chloe Gwynne (a screen writer) Molly Fitzgerald
George Phillips (a young film director) John Varney
Christine Starcross (daughter of Lady Starcross) Brenda Harvey
Ellen (the housekeeper) Kathleen Riley
Lady Starcross (Mary) (widow of Dr. Christian Starcross) Clare Bradshaw
Mrs. Shipman (Laura) (widow of Dr. Shipman) Joan Towler
Mrs. Venning (Alice) (widow of Guy Venning) Dorrie Sherwin
Mrs. Benson (Jean) (formerly widow of John Halliday) Edith Campbell
Sybil Emerson (fiancée of the late Rickey Campbell) Doris Cohen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Cast of After My Fashion

After My Fashion at Astor Theatre
St. George’s Church Drama Guild Production

A commonplace tale of four widows and one mistress who are brought together 20 years after the loss of their husbands on a Tibetan expedition only  to find that leader of the expedition was a fake. Diana Morgan’s After My Fashion placed St. George’s Church Drama Guild at a disadvantage from the start, in the 6th production of the Deal drama festival, at the Astor Theatre last week. Miss Morgan’s dialogue alternates between mawkish sentiment and feeble humour; the play is almost devoid of dramatic situations; and the insubstantial plot spread thinly over the 3 acts. With some judicious sub-editing the piece could have been pruned into an acceptable 30 minute sketch for a Women’s Institute festival. But having said all that, let it be said that Conrad Sherwin’s production contained some notable good performances. Clare Bradshaw was convincingly restrained as Lady Starcross, the widow of the late Christian Starcross, around whose misdemeanours the piece revolves. She combined dignity with quiet authority and moved about the stage gracefully. It was unfortunate that her voice did not always carry to the back of the three and sixpennies in the balcony. As the other three widows, Edith Campbell really made the piece come to life whenever she had the opportunity, as a delightfully natural and outspoken character. Dorrie Sherwin took her lips to some waspish lines with gusto and Joan Towler was also well cast. Doris Cohen, hampered by some horribly melodramatic lines, played the late Christian Starcross’s mistress with good effect, and the remaining ladies of the cast were Brenda Harvey as the daughter, Kathleen Harvey as an impossibly surly maid, and Molly Fitzgerald who played, with her customary polish and refreshing confidence, a screenwriter who arrives on the scene to prepare a film of the late Christian Starcross’s life. Ronald Latham spoke well as the film producer and John Varney made a promising debut as a young director. His tendency last week was to rush his lines, with the result that Miss Morgan’s dialogue did not always reach the nether regions of the Astor Theatre – for good or ill. It is to the credit of Conrad Sherwin’s production that it moved along at a fast tempo, and the setting was of this Company’s invariably high standard  - clean and convincing. If those three flying ducks that graced the doorway were out of tune with the remainder of the decorations. I feel sure that the vivid colouring must have been the envy of the visiting film magnates (I am told that since Thursday night, the ducks have been dismantled). The set was built by George Bailey, assisted by Henry Riley and Jack Catt; and Bernard Kimpton was responsible for lighting and effects. The front of house staff comprised Deal corporation employees, with Bert Bradshaw, George Bailey, Muriel Saunders and Freda Hogben.

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Set Construction George Bailey, assisted by Henry Riley & Jack Catt
Lighting & Effects Bernard Kimpton
Carpets, Furniture and Curtains Messrs. Ricemans of Deal
Light Fittings and Shades Artware, Walmer
Front of House Deal Corporation, assisted by Bert Bradshaw, George Bailey, Alan Pratt, Muriel Saunders & Freda Hogben

Cast of After My Fashion