Production 5 Kind Cousin

Kind CousinBy Janet Allen

Performed on Thu 28th to Sat 30th March 1957 at St. George's Hall. In aid of St. George's Hall Debt Fund

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Dr. Weston Conrad Sherwin
Edward Phil Casey
Sarah Coats Clare Bradshaw
Abbey Dorrie Sherwin
Anna Molly Fitzgerald
Others Doris Cohen & Valerie Borham

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Kind Cousin

Drama Guild

It is now 18 months since St. George’s Church Drama Guild was formed. During that period the society has become a completely equipped unit of the amateur stage and at the same time they have raised an admirable sum for the St. George’s Hall debt fund. The backstage team has caused healthy competition among other societies in the town, by the building of their sets – always an outstanding feature of their productions, and although the majority of the Drama Guild members lacked experience at the outset, by sincerity and enthusiasm they have gained public recognition. Although a hardy decision for a new society, the Drama Guild entered for the Condy Cup competition in 1956, and gained 4th place for their production of Ladies in Retirement. Their next production will be Kind Cousin, a powerful play by Janet Allen.

Kind Cousin, a play in two act s by Janet Allen, was presented by the St. George’s Church Drama Guild, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. The action takes place in an old house belonging to Sarah Coats, whose sister Harriet has just died. Anna, a young cousin who had visited the sister as a very young girl, but whom Harriet disliked intensely, is now invited to stay by Sarah. As a girl, Anna had fallen in love with the old house and its contents. The desire to own it has now become an obsession with her, and she schemes unscrupulously to obtain this end. This provides the main theme. The scenery was generally good, if a little overcrowded; with less around the room it could have been even more effective. As it was, one’s attention was inclined to be distracted from the action. The two men, Con Sherwin (who also produced) and Phil Casey, as Dr. Weston and Edward, respectively, both played their parts well. Sarah Coates (Clare Bradshaw), around whom the action revolved, was convincing, although her voice was inclined to be monotonous at times. Abbey, played by Dorrie Sherwin, was very natural, and one found oneself taking an instant liking to her. Molly Fitzgerald, in the lead as Anna the scheming cousin, did her best with a difficult part, which called for a lot of facial expression. In this she fell a little short of the mark. The other parts were naturally played by Doris Cohen and Valerie Borham. Although the play was a powerful drama, it lost its “grip” because very few actors knew their lines properly, although some good dramatic pauses were spoiled by the over eagerness of the prompter. The author, Miss. Janet Allen, who had hoped to be present on the first night, but was prevented by the sudden death of her father, sent a telegram of good wishes to the cast. It is only fair to say that I saw Kind Cousin on Thursday evening, and I understand that most of the faults I have mentioned were rectified on the following night.
A.D.
Published in The East Kent Mercury April 4th 1957

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Stage Manager Freda Hogben
Assistants Brenda Harvey, Kathleen Harvey & Susan Wakeham
Sound Effects Frank Catt
Décor Mary Riches
Set Construction Phil Casey, assisted by Ernest Prescott
Make-up & Hairstyles Catherine Philpott