Production 51 Sailor Beware

Sailor BewareBy Philip King & Falkland L. Cary

Performed on Thu 29th to Sat 31st August and Thu 5th to Sat 7th September 1968 at The Astor Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Edie Hornett Dorrie Sherwin
Emma Hornett Doris Cohen
Mrs. Lack Clare Bradshaw
Henry Hornett Conrad Sherwin
Albert Tufnell A.B Norman Smith
Carnoustie Bligh A.B Peter Eckersley
Daphne Pink Marian Emes
Shirley Hornett Brenda Smith
The Rev. Oliver Purefoy Andrew Lawson

Cast of Sailor Beware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Sailor Beware!

Cast of Sailor Beware

A Treat in Store

He was only an able seaman, but he knew how to unravel knots – the mother-in-law kind, not the granny. And this is what The Guild Players production Sailor Beware is all about. When orphan Albert Tufnel A.B. finds a nice girl who is ready and willing to love a sailor, his cherished dream of a permanent shore base is near to fruition. But in the choicest apple on a tree, there lurks within a maggot and in the case it is the bride’s mother. And Emma Hornett is a first class horror, with big ideas and a voice to match. The epitome of the music hall mother-in-law who rules the roost with an iron hand. She drives her poor old spouse, Henry, to the back yard to console himself with a cage full of ferrets. Sister, Edie, is retained as general skivvy, taking orders from Emma, who barks them out with the precision of a sergeant major. And Edie’s pet preoccupation when not confined to the galley is to leaf through today’s edition of the tea cups. The only person in the household to remain unscathed is daughter Shirley, who emerges as a remarkably normal girl. Her only dilemma crops up on the wedding eve when she is forced to decide whether Albert is marrying her on her mother, and places herself in imminent danger of being jilted at the alter. Thereby hangs the tale. Those who saw the original production some years ago will not be disappointed. It has retained all its vigour. Those who have not seen it have a treat in store. Doris Cohen’s larger than life and twice as horrible Emma is a genuine character reading. And yet Emma is manipulated so skilfully that droplets of sympathy are squeezed from the audience at the right moment. Henry, who obviously has got the worse side of the marriage bargain, is well portrayed by Conrad Sherwin, who mixes the right amount of docility and bravado on the palate and paints an accurate picture of a dominated husband. Dorrie Sherwin shows a splendid insight into Edie, a woman cowed through years of brainwashing by Emma. Reminiscent of a dormouse, one would almost expect her to climb into a teapot on command. Peter Eckersley produces a Scots accent, thick as Scotch broth, for the best man, Carnoustie Bligh, and wavers not once throughout the production. The young lovers, Brenda Smith and Norman Smith, give a convincing performance, which is hardly surprising since they are husband and wife. And Martin Emes, Clare Bradshaw and Andrew Lawson provide the icing on the wedding cake. The props are well designed and expertly constructed. The Guild Players take the stage at the Astor tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Conrad Sherwin
Front of House Bert Bradshaw
Stage Director Reuben Atkinson
Stage Managers Zena Almond, Molly Fitzgerald & Gregory Holyoake
Lighting & Effects Colin Taverner
Wardrobe & Make-Up Joyce Jewson
Scenery & Décor Norman Smith and Guild Players Members

Cast of Sailor Beware