Production 8 The Lantern

The LanternBy Aurea Farmer

Performed on Sat 30th November and Mon 2nd December 1957 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Character Part Susan Boreham
Abdul Bert Bradshaw
Prayer Clare Bradshaw
Character Part Brenda Harvey
Slave Wife Kathleen Riley
Not Known Margaret Casey
Not Known William Hunter
Not Known Muriel Saunders
Not Known Mrs. Cane
Soloist (soprano) Joan Kimpton
Soloist (tenor) George Catt

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

The Lantern

St.George’s Church Drama Guild next Saturday and Monday will present a missionary play The Lantern at St. George’s Hall. Over 40 costumes (Middle and Far East) have been hired, and a colourful presentation is envisaged. The singing is being undertaken by the Church Choir and crowd scenes are being played by various youth sections. Character parts are being played by Clare Bradshaw, Susan Boreham, Brenda Harvey, Dorrie Sherwin, Susan Wakeham, Kathleen Riley and Bert Bradshaw. Soloists are Joan Kimpton (soprano) and George Catt (tenor). Prior to the play a missionary film will be shown.

Published in the East Kent Mercury November 28th 1957

St. George’s Missionary Play

Hundreds, if not thousands, die every year through lack of basic assistance says Sir Henry Holland in a short address before St. George’s Church Drama Guild presented The Lantern a mystery play by Aurea Farmer. So simply and sincerely did St. George’s Drama Guild stage The Lantern that there could not have been a member of the audience who was not impressed. The action took place in an Eastern City at the present time, and showed how Basmuth (Dorrie Sherwin), who had been dismissed by her husband for not having borne him a son, saw the Light carried by Prayer (Clare Bradshaw). This gave her the strength to return to her husband Abdul (Bert Bradshaw) and to pass her newly found faith onto him and his two slave wives, played by Susan Wakeham and Kathleen Riley. Throughout the presentation there was singing by St. George’s Church Choir, under the Choirmaster Mr. F.W. Hughes F.R.C.O., and solos were beautifully sung by Joan Kimpton and George Catt. The production was by Conrad Sherwin. The lighting in the final scene The Vision was extremely effective with a spotlight playing on a representative of the country being prayed for, while the rest of the stage was bathed in blue.

Published in the East Kent Mercury December 5th 1957

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Lighting Phil Casey
Flowers Susan Wakeham
Stage Manager Freda Hogben
Scenic Artist Victor Houton
Make-up Catherine Philpott, Doris Cohen, Dorothy Philpott & Molly Fitzgerald