Production 146 She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to ConquerBy Oliver Goldsmith

Performed on Thu 25th to Sat 27th April 1996 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mrs. Hardcastle Lei Cobb
Mr. Hardacastle Tony Sewell
Tony Lumpkin Andrew Slade
Kate Hardcastle Beth Hyde
Constance Neville Elaine Hockley
Shabby Fellows & Assorted Wenches Jonathan Slade, Richard Sewell, Helen Sewell, Sue Watson, Martin Farr, Gill Watson & Nathan Sewell
Landlady Stephanie Young
Young Marlowe Mark Comley
George Hastings Tony Harverson
Hardcastle’s Servants Charles Bailey (Diggory), Martin Farr (Roger), Jonathan Slade (Samuel) & Denise Harverson (Pimple)
Jeremy (servant to Young Marlowe & Hastings) Richard Sewell

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She Stoops to Conquer

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Players’ new faces hope to conquer any debut nerves

Husband and wife team Tony and Denise Harverson are taking to the boards tonight (Thu) in their stage debut for The Guild Players. The couple, of The Marina, Deal, are appearing in the classic comedy She Stoops to Conquer, opening for a three night run at The Kilshawe Theatre at St. George’s Hall, Deal. They are two new faces at the Guild and are looking forward to stepping into their 1700’s costumes for Oliver Goldsmith’s play. I am definitely being thrown into the deep end. But so far in rehearsals no-one has hooked me from the curtains to haul me off the stage! said Tony. Denise works as a clerical assistant at Sandown Primary School and found out about the Players from two active members, Lei Cobb and Christine Eyden, who both work at the school. The couple arrived at the dramatic society just in time for rehearsals for Aladdin. Tony was the curtain man and prompt and Denise was persuaded to join the chorus. It was our first introduction to amateur dramatics and we both enjoyed it, said Tony. The Guild Players is a friendly group and everyone is pulling towards the same end – the next production. In She Stoops to Conquer, Tony plays the part of Mr. Hastings, a well‑heeled individual from the town who is seeking the hand of a young lady from the country. Denise is a maid, working in the service of Miss. Hardcastle. She and Tony have been practising their lines around their house ready for opening night tonight (Thu). The couple are looking forward to the three‑night run and have no regrets about entering the world of Deal’s amateur dramatics. It has proved to be a good introduction to the social life of the town. Denise is from Harrow in Middlesex, although Tony – a training advisor and consultant – was born in Deal. His late father Lionel Harveson was a teacher in Deal between 1947 and 1975 and Tony returned to his home town after leaving for 30 years to pursue his career around the world. I have returned to my roots. I always hankered to come back to Deal and I love the whole place and the whole ethos of the town. I also like the fishing, said Tony.

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Conquering Guild Players

With such welcoming front of house staff it is always a pleasure to arrive at a Guild Players production. One recognises many faces that have also been seen in performances and realises what a versatile team they are, prepared to take on responsibility for all aspects of a show. The group last performed She Stoops to Conquer, the prolific Guild’s latest offering at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, Deal, in 1971. The rollicking Restoration comedy, written by Oliver Goldsmith in 1771, stands the test of time well, especially in the expert hands of accomplished director Christopher Sewell and producer Bronwyn Powell. The plot seemed curiously modern, almost Ayckbournesque. Paradox, irony and ever increasing cases of misunderstanding and confusion wove a web of intrigue only untangled in a predictable but satisfying final scene. Goldsmith’s amusing character stereotypes were played to the full by an enthusiastic cast. Andrew Slade as Tony Lumpkin, the local idler and frequenter of The Three Pigeons, injected energetic slapstick into his part. His stepsister Kate (played by Beth Hyde in her debut for the Guild) and cousin (Elaine Hockley) were both suitably artful in their affections, friends Marlowe and Hastings (Mark Comley and Tony Harveson). The charming innocence of well-meaning father Mr. Hardcastle was admirably captured by Tony Sewell and sharply contrasted the superficiality of his wife, entertainingly played by Lei Cobb. In a cameo performance as a pub landlady, talented Stephanie Young played her role to perfection. Well thought-out sets and scene changes (Prue Jamieson and Bronwyn Powell) meant the action moved effortlessly from drunken revelry at the alehouse to the more sedate home of Mr. Hardcastle. Costume, harpsichord music and bawdy tavern song composed and performed by Andrew Slade, were also instrumental in creating an authentic period backdrop to the entertaining proceedings.

Zoe Caroll

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Bronwyn Powell
Stage Manager Prue Jamieson
Stage Hands Bronwyn Powell, Christine Eyden, Jonathan Slade, Martin Farr & Jamie Balfour
Set Designer Bronwyn Powell
Set Builders/Painters Dick Turner, Christine Eyden, Jonathan Slade & Andrew Slade
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Costumes & Props Bronwyn Powell
Prompt Phyllis Gray
Front of House Manager Dave Ashton
Front of House Assistants Dick Turner, Jan Turner, Pam Rawcliffe & Brenda Smith
Bar Carol Melville & Vanessa Tester
Refreshments Sue Watson
Publicity Paul Rutterford
Publicity Photographs Raymond Harlow
Box Office Pam Jones

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