Production 62 Friendly Relations

Friendly RelationsBy James Liggat

Performed on Thu 11th to Sat 13th February 1971 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of The Deal Handicapped Club

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Janet (the maid) Mollie Boyce
Joyce Watson (Dr. Watson’s young daughter) Susan Cresswell
Elsie Watson (Dr. Watson’s wife) Doris Cohen
Dr. John Watson Tony Kilshawe
Margaret Lee (his ward) Anne Varney
Anne Watson (his elder daughter) Tessa Ashton
Dick Watson (his son) Peter Eckersley
Michael Barry (a guest) Malcolm Rowland

Cast of Friendly Relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Friendly Relations

Cast of Friendly Relations

Stars in the Making

In the days when eggs were powdered and delivered in tins, James Liggat wrote a pleasant little comedy about a country doctor and his family, Friendly Relations. It was a simple tale of true love, without inhibitions, and in which the domestic talks of her gentleman friend, brought to life again last week by The Guild Players, in aid of The Deal Handicapped Club – it proved to be a winner, because of its uncomplicated plot and the zest and enthusiasm of its youthful cast. Director Tony Kilshawe, who also took a part, put his faith in a group of young people who succeeded in bringing a refreshing new look to the local amateur theatre. Susan Cresswell was delightful as the younger daughter and brought a pleasing charm to the production, while Tess Ashton played the precocious elder daughter with considerable ability: such ability in fact no-one was sorry when she got a well-deserved spanking at the curtain fall. Newcomer Malcolm Rowland made powerful impact and has the looks and stage presence to be a winner in future productions. Peter Eckersley, as a young but seasoned performer and as always he came up with a well-drawn characterisation. I am always impressed by Peter’s voice and his personality always comes over well. Anne Varney is another asset to the Players and she gave a flawless performance as a modern Cinderella and Mollie Boyce evoked plenty of humour as a domestic. Tony Kilshawe and Doris Cohen – both established favourites – brought maturity to the play, which delighted almost-capacity audiences for three nights. I congratulate Tony Kilshawe and The Guild Players for giving youth a chance – and for finding such a talented cast who will delight Deal playgoers for a long time to come.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Reuben Atkinson & Andrew Lawson
Stage Director Colin Taverner
Stage Manager Kate Sherren
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Prompt Molly Fitzgerald
Make-Up Joyce Jewson
Box Office Elsie Lawson
Scenery and Décor Charles Jennings, Reuben Atkinson, Tony Kilshawe & Guild Players Members

Cast of Friendly Relations