Production 3 Aubrey Writes a Book

Aubrey Writes a BookBy Alec Robertson

Performed on Sat 27th to Mon 29th October 1956 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Violet Clare Bradshaw
Angela Penny Brenda Harvey
Grandma Peters Dorrie Sherwin
Mary Carrington Doris Cohen
Rose Penny Freda Hogben
Aubrey Penny Sidney Philpott
Charles Penny Phil Casey
Humphrey Newton Conrad Sherwin

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Previews/Reviews

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New Talent in Aubrey Writes a Book
Shallow Comedy at St. George’s Hall

One of the most interesting features of St. George’s Church Drama Guild’s latest production is that it marks the stage debut of at least three promising new players. Aubrey Writes a Book, which was presented at St. George’s Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is a shallow comedy of a genre that Deal audiences know only too well. I had a feeling that the author Alec Robinson, must have found it difficult to eke out this story into three acts. The basic idea was quite good – the junior partner in a glue factory writes a best selling novel, under a pseudonym, as an outlet for his repressed feelings, and uses members of his family as his characters. The development, unfortunately, did not amount to a three act comedy despite some good characterisation. Sydney Philpott, who gave such a fine performance as a deceitful brother in Ladies in Retirement earlier this year, proved on Thursday that he also has a flair for light comedy. In his early scenes especially, he made a living character out of the meek and downtrodden husband turned author. Freda Hogben, as his wife, acted easily, but occasionally, her lines would deteriorate into an inaudible gabble. Dorrie Sherwin, as the disgruntled grandmother, and Phil Casey as an irascible uncle – a somewhat slender version of Gilbert Harding at the dinner table – got the most out of their parts, and perhaps gave the two best comedy characterisations of the evening. Conrad Sherwin, who also produced the play, acted with confidence as a distinguished literary and drama critic; Clare Bradshaw was good as the maid – her speechless scene with the grandmother was especially well done; and there were a couple of decorative performances by Brenda Harvey and Doris Cohen. Mr. Sherwin’s production had many commendable points, and the set was one of the most attractive I have seen for a long while; but on the first night – and it was a courageous and unusual step for a deal drama group to invite its guests on opening night – the action lacked the pace that is so essential in a play that offers no help in the way of subtle or witty dialogue. The trouble was partly due to some awkward lapses in picking up cues. Backstage and front of house team was (See above).

M.B.M.
Published in The East Kent Mercury 1956

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Stage Manager Molly Fitzgerald
Set Construction Phil Casey & Sydney Philpott
Lighting Robin Varney
Scenery Mary Riches & John Varney
Props Bert Bradshaw & Susan Wakeham
Make-up Catherine Philpott
Front of House Kathleen Riley

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