Production 75 The Vigil

The VigilBy Ladislas Fodor

 

Performed on Mon 16th to Wed 18th April 1973 at St. George's Church

 

The Cast

The Cast

Prosecutor Rev. Peter Bowers
Defence Alex Thomson
Mary Magdalene Ann Newson
Fisherman Peter Ashton
Others Zena Almond, Dave Clements, Peter Eckersley, Robert Johnson, Tony Kilshawe, Arthur Linley, Lorna Richardson, Henry Riley, Conrad Sherwin, Norman Smith, Ingvar Spencer, Doreen Thomson, Bruce Shafer & Gill Watson

Cast of The Vigil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

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The Vigil

Cast of The Vigil

Play that Gives a New Meaning to Your Easter

The Vigil – the play by Ladislas Fodor – is an expression of faith. Not the explicit and naïve faith of the dedicated believer: but the faith of those who can, at times, be confronted with doubts. The Guild Players are presenting this fine drama within St. George’s Church, Deal, and there is a final performance tonight (Wednesday). The Vigil is a full night’s entertainment, without intervals, and recalls the story of the first Easter Morning through the medium of a trial in a modern courtroom. A gardener is accused of stealing the body of Christ. There follows a procession of witnesses before the man is found not guilty. Christ did rise from the dead! This play is a superb vehicle for the actors playing the State Prosecutor and defending counsel. The Rev. Peter Bowers, vicar of St. George’s is the prosecutor; Alex Thomson defends. They are beautifully written parts, and both Peter Bowers and Alex Thomson excel. Their finely chiselled contrasts shine sharply and highlight the doubts, which assail some people concerning the Resurrection. The Vigil was very much their play. Everyone in the cast contributes impeccably to the success of this drama, and if I mention three only it is because my space does not allow me to identify each cameo. Ann Newson plays Mary Magdalene, the first person to see the risen Christ, and again is in high form. Her understanding of this highly controversial biblical figure is one of utter sympathy, and may well have some in the audience re-reading their New Testaments. Her performance is quite flawless. Bruce Shafer, an American visitor to our town, who has identified himself wholeheartedly with the community, gives a sterling characterisation, and the evening ends on a refreshing pitch through Peter Ashton’s uninhibited portrait of the simple fisherman who followed Christ. Others in the cast are Zena Almond, David Clements, Peter Eckersley, Robert Johnstone, Tony Kilshawe, Arthur Linsley, Lorna Richardson, Henry Riley, Conrad Sherwin, Norman Smith, Ingvar Spencer, Doreen Thomson & Gill Watson. The direction of Tony Kilshawe show the masterful touch he has, and which I find is so well nurtured in religious productions. This is a play that should be seen, and the final performance in St. George’s Church is at 7:30pm this evening. Within the tranquillity of the civic church, watching the stage conflict could give a new meaning to Easter.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe

Cast of The Vigil