Production 142 Put that Light Out!

Put that Light Out!An Anthology Complied By Molly Caldecott

Performed on Wed 28th September 1994 at Dover Town Hall
With the assistance of Dover District Council
As Part of the Frontline Britain commemorations

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Stephanie Young
Peter Sewell
Sue Watson
Dot Smith
Dick Turner
Janet Turner
Charles Bailey
Nathan Sewell
Stephanie Walmsley
Phyllis Gray
Shirley Magner
Christine Eyden
Perrin Shanks
Gill Watson
Jo Carnell
Christopher Sewell
Claire Middleton

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Previews/Reviews

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Put that Light Out!

Show Revived for Reunion

The Guild Players are to repeat their wartime show Put That Light Out! in front of an audience of veterans who all remember the songs from the first time around. The drama group has been invited to revive the show for a civil and armed forces reunion in Dover next month. Christopher Sewell, of The Guild Players said Ken Flint, who organises the White Cliffs Veterans Association, used to come and watch us every night with his fellow veterans. He asked us to perform it again for him. We are doing a potted version of the show because we will simply not have enough time for rehearsal as we will also be embroiled in preparation for our Christmas show. Mr. Sewell said that the players would probably perform all the songs with just a couple of lines of dialogue between them. The singers will be accompanied by Steve Misson, formally a warrant officer instructor at the Royal Marines School of Music. Mr. Misson will be heading a small group of ex RM bandsmen. The reunion is on September 18th, and will include an open-air service with the Salvation Army Band earlier in the day. The Fair Maids of Kent – Wrens billeted at Dover Road. Deal – will be among the veterans at the reunion Ex service personnel of any age and background are welcome.

Guild’s Light Shines Bright

Do you remember the day war broke out? asked one of the cast as the strains of Roll out the Barrel and We’ll Meet Again faded into the background. Having already been greeted by a spiv selling ration books, actually Guild member David Ashton selling cleverly designed raffle tickets, one might have expected to be re-entering Dad’s Army country for a nostalgic, but fundamentally lighthearted look at life in Britain between 1939 and 1945. However, The Guild Players imaginative production of Molly Caldecott’s Put That Light Out! soon dispelled any fears that one had seen it all before in one or other sitcom documentary or war film. For although there was no shortage of of humour or information, above all else this review left one with a clearer picture of the effects of war on the lives of ordinary people who had no wish to be at war in the first place. By interspersing quick fire documentary style narration with sketches, monologues and songs, good use was made of the talents of the cast, experienced members and newcomers alike, Among the musical items, Sue Watson’s renditions of I’m Sending a Letter to Santa Claus and My Sister and I were particularly good. The most moving episode was the Dunkirk narrative, which by clever use of lighting and sound effects, evoked the horrific plight of the Allied Servicemen stranded on the beaches awaiting evacuation and the determination and courage of those involved in rescuing them at Britain’s darkest hour. Also worthy of note were Stephanie Young’s portrayal of a widow whose house had been totally destroyed except for her treasured and still spotless front doorsteps.; Dick and Janet Turner as two German Jewish refugees who, having fled persecution still found themselves unwelcome in wartime Britain; and Claire Middleton as a struggling housewife, bringing up her family amid the deprivations of London and the blitz and wondering whether life in the forces might not be an easier option. Director Christopher Sewell’s inclusions of details of life in wartime Deal (did you know for example that at the outbreak of war children were evacuated to Deal not away from it?) make an already splendid production all the more relevant. Congratulations to The Guild Players on another noteworthy production.

Richard Yates

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producers Sue Watson & Christine Eyden