Production 77 Distinguished Gathering

Distinguished GatheringBy James Parish

 

Performed on Thu 15th to Sat 17th November 1973 at The Astor Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Felix Montague Peter Ashton
Judith Montague Glenys Cresswell
Blair (the man-servant) Robert Johnston
Sir Brian Howet Gregory Holyoake
Lady Thalia Wilmer Tessa Ashton
Lesley Gest Gill Watson
Caroline Beckwith Zena Almond
C. D. Williams Peter Bowers
Major Runty Pearson Andrew Lawson
Dorinda Caswell Lorna Richardson
Eliot Richard Vines Lorna Richardson
Detective Inspector Rutherford Tony Kilshawe
Detective Sergeant Ferris Henry Riley
Detective Sergeant Ramage Peter Eckersley

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Distinguished Gathering

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Suspense was Maintained by Guild Players

Suspense is the most difficult of things to sustain on the stage and at The Astor Theatre, Deal, last week, The Guild Players succeeded admirably. They presented Distinguished Gathering for three nights and delighted near-capacity audiences. Suspense and excitement was the keynote for this production and both were exploited to the full. Distinguished Gathering is of mid-1930s vintage and was written by James Parish as a vehicle for the late Frank Vosper. This version had been updated, rather inadequately, to the 1950s. It is a near-melodrama with a sensational plot, which makes demands on credulity. In essence there is a gathering of people at a dinner party and each one with a motive for murder. Tony Kilshawe’s expertise at theatre craft was exemplified in this production. One false move in any of the slender situations and the entire atmosphere would have been lost. This did not happen and even a cynic like myself was not jolted while the audience in general was enraptured by the mystery of it all. There was a large cast, no fewer than 14 players, and each was excellent. A wide variety of characters came over strongly and if some seemed odd by present day standards, it says much for the cast that this did not appear too evident. The play was beautifully dressed and it was a delight to see men with black ties and the ladies in evening gowns. The cast, in order of appearance, was Peter Ashton, Glenys Cresswell, Robert Johnston, Gregory Holyoake, Tessa Ashton, Gill Watson, Zena Almond, Peter Bowers, Andrew Lawson, Lorna Richardson, James Smith, Tony Kilshawe, Henry Riley and Peter Eckersley. The Guild Players will be in St. George’s Church, Deal, on Sunday 16th, to present The Business of Good Government, after the singing of carols. Meanwhile The Guild Players are now busy making St. George’s Hall into their own Little Theatre. Their repertoire for 1974 at The Little Theatre will include Escapade, The Secretary Bird and the dramatic The Diary of Anne Frank.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Peter Eckersley
Stage Managers Ann Newson & Kate Sherren
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Make-Up Joyce Jewson
Box Office Doris Cohen

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