Production 6 On with the Motley

On with the MotleyBy Stuart Ready

Performed on Thu 27th to Sat 29th June 1957 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Hannah Edith Campbell
Miss. Thelma Bunting Freda Hogben
Sybil Kathleen Riley
Leda Doris Cohen
Edie Valerie Boreham
Claudia Molly Fitzgerald
Sonia Susan Boreham
Valerie Brenda Harvey
Lady Twimley Clare Bradshaw
Mrs. Abley Dorrie Sherwin
Miss Lauderdale Eveline Hall

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

On with the Motley

Just the Thing for a Hot Evening
Lightweight farce at St. George’s Hall

Diverting fare for a sultry midsummer’s evening. Stuart Ready’s On with the Motley presented by St. George’s Church Drama Guild at St. George’s Hall last weekend was one of the brightest farces seen in the district for a long time. Conrad Sherwin’s production was skilful and fast moving and the whole thing romped through at such a happy pace that one hardly had time to ponder upon the play’s weaknesses. The 11 woman cast is to be congratulated almost without exception, on the brisk manner on which they snapped up their cues; and the 1st Act, in which Mr. Ready sets down all the petty squabbles, vanities and jealousies of a townswomen’s guild drama group, was played with a delightful sense of the satirical. The dialogue however, did not maintain the standard of the opening scenes and developed – or should I say degenerated – into true to form British farce. Briefly, the plot concerns the effort of a woman producer, who tricks the cast of the Temple Twinings Townswomen’s Guild Drama Group into imprisonment in a deserted nursing home in order to give them a weekend of intensive rehearsal. When Lady Twinley arrives as a patient, closely followed by an inspector from The Ministry of Health, the cast quickly assume the roles of matron, doctors and patients. Some of the performances were quite outstanding, notably Dorrie Sherwin’s little study of a glum and colourless daily help, Claire Bradshaw’s haughty impression of a titled lady, and Eveline Hall’s stiff‑necked Ministry Inspector. To this role Mrs. Hall brought a wealth of stage experience, and her ease of movement and perfect voice projection were obvious assets to the Company. Freda Hogben was good as the producer; Edith Campbell made a formidable helper (typically ex A.T.S.), whilst the 6 members of the cast varied between the decorative and the convincing. It can at least be said that each of these 6 was a character liable to be found in any women’s drama group; and Molly Fitzgerald and Doris Cohen as the two members with aspirations towards Stratford rang frighteningly true to life. The others were Kathleen Riley, Valerie Boreham and Brenda Harvey. The set built by George Bailey, Earnest Prescott and Derek Llewellyn and the décor by Mary Riches, John Baker & Peter Nightingale did the production credit.

M.B.M.

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Set Construction George Bailey, Earnest Prescott & Derek Llewellyn
Décor Mary Riches, John Baker & Peter Nightingale
Lighting, Music & Effects Phil Casey & Robin Varney
Hair Styles and Make-Up Catherine Philpott
Stage Manager George Bailey
Prompt John Duckworth
Front of House Horace Chittenden, assisted by Muriel Saunders & Susan Wakeham
Programmes Margaret Casey & Antony Cohen
Box Office Dorothy Philpott
Refreshments Doris Chittenden & Staff
Business & Publicity Bert Bradshaw