Production 30 On Monday Next

On Monday NextBy Philip King

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th December 1964 at The Little Theatre
St. George's Hall renamed The Little Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

The Producer (Harry Blacker) Tony Kilshawe
George Andrew Lawson
Maud Barron Molly Fitzgerald
Jerry Winterton Ian Orriss
The Author Conrad Sherwin
Daphne Wray Pamela Rye
Avis Clare Mollie Boyce
Jackson Harley Ronald Latham
Sandra Layton Ann Varney
Norwood Beverley Henry Riley

Cast of On Monday Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Monday Next a Riot

Cast of On Monday Next

A play within a play, an attempt entirely different from the more usual drawing-room comedy of The Guild Players (St George’s Church) was the theme of their latest production, On Monday Next, by Philip King. As regards characterisation it was perhaps more difficult, many of the cast having to portray the temperament of two characters, but for stage management it was ideally suitable for the St George’s Little Theatre. The theme was of the human relationships among the players of a typical repertory company, the action taking place on the stage of the Theatre Royal, Drossmouth. Instead this time of the curtain rising on an immaculately set stage to reveal the cast in order of appearance the half-drawn curtains drew a glimpse at a partly set stage, a played-out stage manager and a histrionic producer enjoying a dramatic tantrum. It is then that the audience is acknowledged. It is not surprising that Tony Kilshawe took the latter part, under whose direction and production The Guild Players can always be relied upon to produce lively entertainment. The players themselves must sometimes get a little tired of being told that their producer’s experience and vigour dominates their performance, which of course it always does. But his vitality seemed infectious and even in the scenes with Tony Kilshawe the performance ran on smoothly. The audience were supposed to be taking a glimpse of a theatrical company rehearsing on Wednesday for the following Monday’s performance. The 3rd rate actors were battling against a 10th rate play, an interfering author, an egotistical demanding producer plus their own personal problems. This production had the cast consisting almost entirely of young people which brought just a little self consciousness where the blasé actors and actresses would only have self-confidence. But members were well-cast no-one trying to impersonate a character much younger or older than themselves. Molly Fitzgerald, Ronald Latham and Conrad Sherwin were the outstanding performers. Molly as a cheerful, hard-boiled experienced actress who remained unmoved at the ranting of the producer: Ronald Latham, a versatile actor, who can always be relied on to give a good performance in any part, as the brow-beaten assistant producer: and Conrad Sherwin as an insignificant city gentleman turned author who raised the most laughs in some very funny situations. In fact at one stage the expression of his face as he was hurled from a stepladder was even too much for the imperturbable Tony Kilshawe who broke into laughter with the audience. Andrew Lawson gave a good characterisation of the gruff stage hand whose disregard of the lighting caused the producer to fall realistically into the orchestra pit. Pamela Rye a natural young actress gave a good impression of a girl with little brains and talent but the beauty she hoped would get her to the top with as little effort as possible. Mollie Bryce made a good contribution as a country mouse eagerly attracted by the bright lights. (Further text [continued on next column] not supplied to this recorder – Deal Library Archives may be able to supply the final part of this review).

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Bert Bradshaw
Stage Directors Philip Bowthorpe, Doris Cohen, Dorrie Sherwin, Sylvia Ling & Joyce Jewson
Lighting & Effects Robin Varney
Catering Vera Eckersley
Box Office Elsie Lawson & Andrew Lawson

Cast of On Monday Next