Production 175 East Lynne Or Never Call Me Mother!

East LynneBy Brian J Burton, Adapted from a novel by Henry Wood

Performed on Thu 20th to Sat 22nd April 2006 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Archibald Carlyle (the master of East Lynne) Lee Ralph
Isabel Carlyle (his wife) Debbie Pinfold
Cornelia Carlyle (his unmarried sister) Faye Rye
Lord Mount Severn (Isabel’s only living relative) Duncan Currie
Barbara Hare (secretly in love with Archibald) Caroline Venner
Richard Hare (a fugitive from Justice) Fred Sawyer
Francis Levison (an unscrupulous rogue with designs on Isabel) David Carter
Joyce Hallijohn (an upper maid) Lynne Frackleton
Wilson (a maid servant) Charlotte Smith

Faye Rye as Cornelia Carlyle (Archibald Carlyle's unmarried sister), Debbie Pinfold as Isabel Carlyle (Archibald Carlyle's wife) & Lee Ralph as Archibald Carlyle (the master of East Lynne)Charlotte Smith as Wilson (a maid   servant) & Lynne Frackleton as Joyce Hallijohn (an upper maid)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

East Lynne Or Never Call Me Mother!

Lee Ralph as Archibald Carlyle (the master of East Lynne)

Audiences in Deal last week enjoyed an excellent production of ‘East Lynne or Never Called me Mother’ performed by The Guild Players. A well known Victorian melodrama, East Lynne is a tale of love, intrigue and misunderstandings with a touch of both humour and pathos. This was an ambitious choice by director Linda Mewes, but her capable cast were more than equal to the task. Debbie Pinfold, as Lady Isabel, gave a superb performance, drawing on all her experience in previous roles. It was a demanding and difficult part which Debbie carried off with style. She was well matched with Lee Ralph as her husband, Archibald Carlyle, who looked every inch the Victorian gentleman. Lee enjoyed the meaningful glances and asides to the audience, which are an intrinsic part of this sort of melodrama. Two other particularly strong performances were by Faye Rye as the formidable sister Cornelia and David Carter as the cad, Francis Levison. David really relishes this sort of role and Faye successfully portrayed the eventual softening of her character in the final scene. Mention must also be made of Caroline Venner who really looked and sounded the part of the second Mrs Carlyle and Lynne Frackleton and Charlotte Smith who were delightful as the gossipy servants. Duncan Currie blustered about the stage as a convincingly pompous Lord Mount Severn. Fred Sawyer was very comfortable in the role of the falsely accused hunted man and managed to convey the despair of his situation. And finally the whole cast must be congratulated on the high standard of their singing. All the songs were performed with great confidence and stylishly accompanied by Richard McPherson. Well done everyone – a class act.

Jenny Trotter
Published in the East Kent Mercury

Production Team

Production Team

Director Linda Mewes
Producers Lynne Frackleton & Faye Rye
Musical Director Richard McPherson
Prompt Mary Kettyle
Set Construction Wayne Pointon & Cast
Lighting/Sound Jonathan Spencer

Duncan Currie as Lord Mount Severn & Debbie Pinfold as Isabel Carlyle (Archibald Carlyle's wife)Faye Rye as Cornelia Carlyle (Archibald Carlyle's unmarried sister) & Caroline Venner as Barbara Hare (secretly in love with Archibald)