Production 166 Whose Life is it Anyway?

Whose Life is it Anyway?By Brian Clark

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th April 2003 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Ken Harrison Charles Bain-Smith
Sister Anderson Linda Mewes
Kay Sadler Dawn Halton
John David Carter
Dr. Scott Sue Thomas
Dr. Emerson Richard Sewell
Mrs Boyle Stephanie Walmsley-Thomson
Philip Hill Duncan Currie
Dr. Paul Travers Christopher Sewell
Night Nurse Millie Imam
Peter Kershaw Mike Rivarno
Dr. Barr Mike Martin
Andrew Eden John Minter
Mr. Justice Millhouse Christopher Sewell

Cast of Whose Life is it Anyway?Cast of Whose Life is it Anyway?

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Stephanie Walmsley-Thomson as Mrs Boyle & Charles Bain-Smith as Ken Harrison

Poignant, Pitiful and Polemic

The play Whose Life is it Anyway? with its immobile leading man poses particular difficulties for a director. But The Guild Players’ Nathan Sewell with his meticulous direction and an innovative set, overcame them magnificently. The leading actor has only his voice and face with which to fight for the dignity of choice and Charles Bain‑Smith brilliantly sustained his role as the young paraplegic. His outbursts of anger rose alarmingly, his sorrow melted hearts, his dignity won respect. The team of psychiatrists, lawyers and doctors managed a credible blend of formality and compassion in a play that sometimes unashamedly borders on polemic. Richard Sewell skilfully portrayed a Doctor Emerson poised between indignation that his absolute power was in question and reluctant acceptance that his brave patient was opening floodgates. Glamorous Sue Thomas as Doctor Scott convincingly provided romantic attraction without losing professionalism. Dawn Halton and David Carter effectively injected humour. Christopher Sewell’s endearing psychiatrist contrasted hugely with his humane judge. The nurses were sympathetic but not steely. From its poignant opening to its tragic end this production riveted the attention of the packed audience.

Valerie Elliot.
Published in the East Kent Mercury April 24th 2003

Production Team

Production Team

Director Nathan Sewell
Producers Neil Hornsey & Jonathan Spencer
Set Wayne Pointon
Stage Manager Ann Nettleship
Costumes Christine Eyden & Mary Kettyle
Properties Prue Jamieson
Front of House Mike Martin and Team

Richard Sewell as Dr Emmerson & Sue Thomas as Dr. ScottCast of Whose Life is it Anyway?