Production 58 Vixen in Surrey

Vixen in SurreyBy Tony Kilshawe, Adapted from a novel by Lilian Arnold

Performed on Thu 15th to Sat 17th January 1970 at The Little Theatre
In aid of The Deal Centre for the Retired

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Jane Tonge Glenys Cresswell
Eliza Clare Bradshaw
Malcolm Praed (the farm bailiff) Joan Morris
Arthur Smallpiece (the family solicitor) Julian Grenville
The Rector Tony Kilshawe
Joan Forncett (niece to Jane Tonge) Sharron Faulkner
Boniface (a farm-hand) Conrad Sherwin
Colonel Elliot (Malcolm’s uncle) Andrew Lawson
The Coroner Alex Thomson
Clerk Paul Daniells
Charles Dicker (a neighbouring farmer) Martin Thomson
Dr. Gregory Gregory Holyoake

Cast of Vixen in Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

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Vixen in Surrey

Cast of Vixen in Surrey

The success of The Guild Players Vixen in Surrey at the Little Theatre, Deal, last week was due mainly to it being a completely new play, never performed before. It was written by local man Tony Kilshawe and adapted from a novel by Lillian Arnold. The production was so good one could easily have mistaken the players for professional actors. The play set at the turn of the century told the story of Jane Tonge, portrayed by Glenys Cresswell, and the action took place in a farm cottage in Surrey. Jane had just heard about the death of her widowed brother-in-law, Daniel, who owned the farm and the cottage. With her fiancé Malcolm, the farm’s bailiff, played by John Morris, Jane was told by the family solicitor Daniel had not made a will, and the solicitor assumed that all his possessions and the care of his small daughter Joan, would go to Jane. That was so until the unexpected arrival of Belle Parker, played by Thelma Faulkner, the proprietress of the London hotel where Daniel died. Jane was shocked to hear that Daniel had not been the gentleman she believed him to be and was even more shocked to find that Daniel had made a will leaving everything to Belle. Everyone disliked Belle, especially when she told Jane she would have to be her housemaid or get out. News of this awkward position got to the ears of Malcolm’s uncle, played by Andrew Lawson, who offered to put up the money to buy a house for the couple. But Jane refused to leave the cottage because Belle would not give her the care of Daniel’s daughter, Then Malcolm slowly gets to like Belle, and Jane becomes jealous. One night she was so overcome with jealousy she set out to murder Belle in a barn while she was feeding the chickens. But it wasn’t Belle she murdered, for Belle later walked into the cottage for her supper – it was Malcolm she had murdered. The inquest opened at the cottage the next morning and because Jane did not have the courage to tell the truth the jury returned a verdict of misadventure. The strange thing is Belle, who has seen the murder, let her get away with it. The cast were very well chosen. Glenys Cresswell gave a really convincing performance as a weepy and unhappy girl, sad at the loss of her brother-in-law. John Morris could not have played the part of Jane’s fiancé better. The character had a weak mind, which easily succomed to Belle’s charms. As for Thelma Faulkner playing Belle Parker, she was magnificent. Although she played an objectionable character, the audience liked her from the start. Not only did good acting make this a success. Reuben Atkinson and Tony Kilshawe created an atmosphere of home due mainly to the magnificent scenery depicting a room in an old cottage which they built. Other characters were; Eliza - a maid, Clare Bradshaw, Arthur Smallpiece – solicitor, Julian Grenville – vicar, Tony Kilshawe, Joan Forncett – niece of Jane, Sharon Faulkner, Boniface – farmhand, Conrad Sherwin – coroner, Alex Thomson – clerk, Paul Daniels, Charles Dicker – neighbouring farmer, Martin Thomson – Doctor, and Gregory Holyoake.

A.R.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Reuben Atkinson
Box Office Elsie Lawson
Stage Director Colin Taverner
Stage Managers Doris Cohen, Linda Jewson & Martin Catt
Make-Up Joyce Jewson
Wardrobe Molly Fitzgerald & Joyce Jewson
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Set Builders Reuben Atkinson & Tony Kilshawe
Décor Charles Jennings
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar

Cast of Vixen in Surrey