Production 7 The Paper Chain

The Paper Chain By Falkland L. Cary & Ivan Butler

Performed on Thu 26th to Sat 28th September 1957 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Anne Roberts Mollie Fitzgerald
Jean Cassel Doris Cohen
Mrs. Hackett Eveline Hall
Ruby Clare Bradshaw
Jack Harvey Charles Hutchins
Mrs. Dennison Dorrie Sherwin
Maurice Spencer Conrad Sherwin
Doris Lamont Edith Campbell
Robert Needham Phil Casey

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Previews/Reviews

Cast of The Paper Chain

Murder and Intrigue in The Paper Chain
St George’s Church Drama Guild Production

Murder nearly always is melodrama – says the police superintendent in the 3rd Act of The Paper Chain. Using this convenient philosophy as a basis, co-authors Falkland L. Cary and Ivan Butler get away with some quite banal dialogue. It is to the lasting credit of St. George’s Church Drama Guild, in the production at their parish hall last week, that they concealed most of the flaws with remarkable ease. But my heart went out to that capable actor, Conrad Sherwin, required to deliver the line, And now, the road for you (complete with gesticulation) as though he meant it. This was typical of dialogue that savoured strongly of Victorian melodrama. And I felt no happier for the poor lady who had to draw laughs with the Christmas cracker line, Stuck again, as the stamp said to the envelope. The main plot concerns an atomic statistician in financial difficulties, who is murdered by his cousin, on behalf of a party of political reactionists. The remainder of the play is devoted to the young murderers’ efforts to convince the police that her cousin committed suicide. In its key scenes, Mr. Sherwin’s production came vividly to life. Notably good were the heated argument between murderer and murderess; and the cat-and-mouse dialogue of Act 3. The Paper Chain CastOn the debit side, however, were the anxious moments of uneasy silence caused by people who were slow on their cues and late in their entrances. The three men in the cast all acted well. Mr. Sherwin was eminently convincing as the atomic scientist faced with a financial and moral quandary; Phil Casey had the stature and the authority of the superintendent – one of the most credible policemen I have seen in amateur drama; and Charles Hutchins was quietly effective as the inspector. Doris Cohen played with confidence and poise as the scheming agent for some unspecified organisation, who indulges in murder and treachery without the slightest qualm; Mollie Fitzgerald gave an intelligent portrayal of the secretary-cum-amateur sleuth her well-modulated diction should be noted; and Edith Campbell literally bounced in as a scatter-brained vendor of carpet detergents, who is unmasked in Act 3 as an accomplice to the murder. Shrewd, stately and monumentally waspish, Eveline Hall played an eccentric authoress, and her telephone conversation, in which each party believes the other to be deaf, was richly comic. Dorrie Sherwin made a complacent, homely manageress of the hotel in which the play is set, although she might have snapped up her cues more speedily. Clare Bradshaw completed the cast as an insolent maid. The set, always a distinguished feature of St. George’s Drama Guild productions, was bright and contemporary in style.

M.B.M.

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Set Construction George Bailey, Derek Llewellyn & Earnest Prescott
Décor Mary Riches & Victor Houstoun
Effects John Duckworth
Hair Styles and Make-Up Catherine Philpott
Stage Manager Freda Hogben, assisted by Brenda Harvey
Prompt Susan Wakeham
Front of House Horace Chittenden, assisted by Muriel Saunders & Susan Boreham
Programmes Margaret Casey & Antony Cohen
Box Office Dorothy Philpott
Refreshments Doris Chittenden & Staff
Business Manager & Publicity Bert Bradshaw

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