Production 19 Bride Unknown

Bride UnknownBy Joan Brampton

Performed on Thu 27th to Sat 29th April 1961 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Susan Talbot Molly Fitzgerald
Mistress Gale Kathleen Riley
Colet Brenda Harvey
Cicely Talbot Dawn Ladd
Countess of Shrewsbury Clare Bradshaw
Musician David Johnson
Singer George Catt
Mary Seton Dorrie Sherwin
Mary Queen of Scots Lorraine Hollingshead

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Bride Unknown

Bride Unknown by St. George’s Drama Guild

Small audiences for a good production

Despite the ever-growing threat of television, many amateur dramatic companies still go to a great deal of trouble to draw audiences, with some really excellent productions. In the category came last week’s play by St. George’s Church Drama Guild, Bride Unknown, by Joan Brampton. The smoothness of the acting showed that a lot of work and time had gone into rehearsals, which made it seem so much more unfortunate that audiences were small. Bride Unknown, opened in a lodging at Hull in the year 1568. Susan Talbot (Molly Fitzgerald) was awaiting the return of a ship carrying her husband, and keeping her company on the stormy night was Mistress Gale (Kathleen Riley) a local gossip.
Aground

The plot really gets underway with the news that a Scottish ship has come aground near Hull. One of the survivors is a newly born baby, which Susan Talbot takes into her home to bring up as her daughter. The same scene 16 years later, when baby Cicely has grown up into a young woman. She is still dazed at being told she is not really Susan’s daughter, the news comes as a great shock to her after all the years of love and affection which she has enjoyed from this kind-hearted woman. While her stepmother is comforting her, a letter arrives to inform them that the Countess of Shrewsbury is to pay them a visit. In stalks the Countess, played by Clare Bradshaw, who gave one of the most convincing performances of the play. She is a bad‑tempered woman who treats Susan and Cicely, although they are related, as much lesser mortals. She offers Susan a position as housekeeper at Sheffield Lodge to look after the captive Mary Queen of Scots, still a prisoner in England.

Pleasant Interlude

The Queen’s part of taken by Lorraine Hollingshead, and her companion Mary Seaton, by Dorrie Sherwin. Our first introduction to Sheffield Lodge is by way of a musician and singer David Johnson playing his recorder, who accompanies George Catt in a couple of songs. Queen Mary, restricted to the confines of her luxurious prison spent most of her time smuggling secret messages to her supporters. Meeting Cicely, she comments on the child’s looks. Later a brand on Cicely’s arm identifies her as Mary’s long‑lost daughter, and she joins Mary in her flight for freedom. Those who took part were Molly Fitzgerald, Kathleen Riley, Brenda Harvey, Dawn Ladd, Clare Bradshaw, David Johnson, George Catt, Dorrie Sherwin, Lorraine Hollingshead. The play was produced by Conrad Sherwin.

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Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Set Construction George Bailey, Henry Riley & Bert Geeson
Décor Andrew Lawson
Lighting & Effects Robin Varney, assisted by Ray Cole
Make-up & Wardrobe Joyce Jewson
Stage Manager & Prompt Doris Cohen
Box Office Elsie Lawson
Refreshments Olve Rose & helpers
Front of House Henry Riley, Margaret Casey, Katherine Johnson, Mary Rose & David Johnson