Production 82 Black Chiffon

Black ChiffonBy Lesley Storm

 

Performed on Thu 17th to Sat 19th October 1974 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Louise Sarah Blyth
Roy Nick Clements
Thea Jacqueline Cox
Alicia Christie Doris Cohen
Nannie Zena Almond
Robert Christie Peter Ashton
Bennett Hawkins Peter Bowers

Cast of Black Chiffon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Chiffon

Cast of Black Chiffon

Black Chiffon Maintained the High Standards

The Guild Players are stimulating local amateur theatre with their Little Theatre production of Lesley Storm’s Black Chiffon attracted capacity audiences and on Saturday there was an overflow. This is indicative of the high standard of The Guild Players – steered by the indefatigable Tony Kilshawe – have reached. Black Chiffon is a woman’s play and tells the story of a family turmoil which causes the mother to shoplift. The deep-rooted cause is her relationship with her only son and the antagonism between the son and his father. The woman, played in the original production by Dame Flora Robson – was portrayed by the talented Doris Cohen, who has been a mainstay of The Guild Players’ production for many seasons. Doris revealed with a subtle touch the conflict of loyalties, the disintegration and the final defiance of the woman. It was a well-balanced performance and one, which has enhanced Doris Cohen’s stature as an actress. Black Chiffon is a one-woman play and the dominating character of the woman overshadows the rest of the cast. Nonetheless The Guild Players turned in some interesting cameos. The attractive Sarah Blythe was delightful as the son’s fiancé. She presented a warm-hearted and generous performance and I hope to see her many more times in future productions. The same can be said for Nick Clements, who played the son. Nick is another youngster of talent and brings a breath of freshness to the production. Jacqueline Cox is always a joy to watch and this play gave her the opportunity to reveal her ability to characterise in depth. Peter Ashton came over well as the uncompromising father and Peter Bowers was a doctor called in by the defence. Both are highly competent members of The Guild Players and can always be relied upon to give satisfying performances. And the same can be said of Zena Arnold, who has played more maids than most. In this play she was cast as a sentimental nannie – and was well suited. Black Chiffon was directed by Gordon Crier, a one time BBC television and radio producer, and his expertise lifted what could have been a maudlin evening out of the rut, ridding the play of mawkishness and investing it with an updated atmosphere.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gordon Crier
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Robert Johnston
Lighting Colin Taverner
Music & Effects Arthur Laffar
Prompt Molly Fitzgerald
Bar Peter Eckersley
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Glenys Cresswell

Cast of Black Chiffon