Production 74 Treasure Hunt

Treasure HuntBy M. J. Farrell and John Perry

 

Performed on Thu 22nd to Sat 24th March 1973 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of The Friends of The Blind

 

The Cast

The Cast

Bridgid O’Keefe (the housemaid) Elaine McKechnie
William Burke (the houseboy) Norman Smith
Mrs. Guidera (the cook) Molly Fitzgerald
Mrs. Consuelo Howard (Philip’s aunt) Henry Riley
Hercules Ryall (Consuelo’s brother-in-law) James Smith
Sir Philip Ryall (Hercules’ nephew) Ken Roberts
Veronica Howard (Philip’s cousin) Gill Watson
Aunt Anna Rose (Philip’s great-aunt Dorothy Whitelock
Eustace Mills Peter Ashton
Mrs. Dorothy Cleghorne-Thomas (Eustace’s sister) Doreen Robertson
Yvonne Cleghorne-Thomas (her daughter) Tessa Ashton
A Taxi Driver Henry Riley

Cast of Treasure Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Treasure Hunt

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22nd to 24th, at The Astor Theatre, Deal, The Guild Players will present Treasure Islandby M. J. Farrell and John Perry. The action of this delightful comedy, one of the great successes of the immediate post‑war period, centres around the young Sir Philip Ryall, who has just inherited a debt-ridden Irish estate and a host of impecunious elderly relatives. Despite strong opposition, Philip decides to take in paying guests, but the elderly relations do their best to drive away their first visitors by making life very uncomfortable A strong cast includes Doris Cohen, Dorothy Whitelock, Tessa Ashton, Elaine McKechnie, Doreen Robertson, Gill Watson, Molly Fitzgerald, James Smith, Peter Ashton, Norman Smith, Ken Roberts and Henry Riley. Tony Kilshawe directs the play with décor by Charles Jennings. The proceeds are in aid of The Deal Friends of the Blind.

Cast of Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt Proved to be a Disappointment

Writers loved to portray the Irish as loveable eccentrics who potter amiably through life. Treasure Hunt, a play by M.J. Farrell and John Perry, is such a piece. Written just after World War Two. It concerns a family living on a debt-ridden estate in Southern Ireland and their efforts to recoup. It was a choice of The Guild Players at the Astor Theatre last week to aid Deal Friends of the Blind. It could be events in Ireland have given me a jaundiced view, but I never found much fun in the goings-on at Ballyroden, and most of the cast appeared equally uncomfortable, primarily because they just couldn’t cope with an Irish accent. There was a beautiful characterisation from Elaine McKechnie as a housemaid, and every time she appeared I wished she would stay on stage. It stood out as bright as the evening star. James Smith blustered well as an impecunious Irish gentleman, and Dorothy Whitelock scored heavily as an eccentric great-aunt. Both these parts gave something – which is more than can be said for the rest of the characters, who were a pretty pallid lot. I had a feeling the cast were a little uneasy, and on the night I was there, Thursday, there were a lot of laugh-lines thrown away. Nowhere that evening did the production really sparkle. Tony Kilshawe’s direction seemed to waver between comedy and farce, and I really found this play a disappointment. But theatre is like football – you can’t win’em all – and I have no doubt The Guild Players’ next production, Ladislas Fedor’s remarkable The Vigil in St. George’s Church in the days preceding Easter, will be quite magnificent. Admission for this moving play is free. The cast of Treasure Hunt was: Elaine McKechnie, Norman Smith, Molly Fitzgerald, Henry Riley, Doris Cohen, James Smith, Ken Roberts, Gill Watson, Dorothy Whitelock, Peter Ashton, Doreen Robertson and Tessa Ashton.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Décor Charles Jennings
Front of House Reuben Atkinson & Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Gregory Holyoake
Stage Managers Lorna Richardson & Robert Johnstone
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Wardrobe Molly Fitzgerald
Make-Up Joyce Jewson

Cast of Treasure Hunt