Production 153 Dear Brutus

Dear BrutusBy J.M. Barrie

Performed on Thu 20th to Sat 22nd August 1998 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mrs. Coade Pat Turner
Mrs. Dearth Coralie Kavanagh
Lady Caroline Laney Christine Eyden
Mrs. Purdie Sara Emmins
Joanna Trout Lizzie Chittenden
Matey Mike Doyle
Lob Charles Bailey
Mr. Coade Barrie Reynolds
Mr. Purdie Nathan Sewell
Mr. Dearth Tony Sewell
Margaret Marguarite Kavanagh

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Dear Brutus

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Guild Get to Grips with Barrie

For their second production of 1998, The Guild Players of Deal’s Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, chose J.M. Barrie’s whimsical three-act comedy Dear Brutus. First performed in 1917, the play tells of eight characters, guests of Lob, their weird Puck‑like host in a remote country house. With Matey, the butler, seven of them enter an enchanted wood on Midsummer eve with the promise of being given a second chance in life. However, the plot is based on Shakespeare’s lines, the fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves, a truth the luckless protagonists inevitable discover for themselves. The strong cast of 11 players had an admirable success with a play which the director Christopher Sewell, described as one of Barrie’s small masterpieces but difficult to perform. The players not only overcame most of the difficulties but evidently enjoyed the challenge. Having struggled a little with Barrie’s fanciful script in the dream world of Act 2, they came into their own in Act 3. Notable in Act 2 was the way in which Dearth, the struggling artist and his might-have-been daughter, Margaret (the only juvenile part), sustained her long dialogue. Triumphant in Act 3 was the acting in the denouement scene, where the bewitched characters gradually and painfully return to reality and recognise and acknowledge their weaknesses, while Lob, the instigator, apparently sleeps through it all. The backstage team were commended for their hard work and effort, with particular mention of the set designs. Dear Brutus played on three evenings to appreciative audiences. The Guild’s next production is the Christmas pantomime Cinderella.

M. Lilley

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Bettine Walters
Stage Manager Louise Greenhead
Stage Crew John Gregory & Ruth McConnell
Set Designer Alan Crocker
Additional Set Designer Pat Turner
Set Builders Peter Ryder & Mike Doyle
Set Painters Lei Cobb & Daniel Cobb
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Props Ruth McConnell
Prompt Ruth McConnell
Make-Up Mary Kettlyle
Front of House Alan Crocker, Pam Raecliffe, Brenda Smith & Guild Players Members
Bar Guild Players Members
Buffet Elaine Fitzsimmons
Raffle Sue Watson
Publicity Paul Rutterford & Gill Watson
Box Office Guild Players Members
Programme Design & Sound Christopher Sewell

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