Production 83 How the Other Half Loves

How the Other Half LovesBy Alan Ayckbourn

 

Performed on Sun 27th to Wed 30th October 1974 at The Little Theatre
In aid of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

 

The Cast

The Cast

Fiona Foster Glenys Cresswell
Terry Phillips Sarah Roantree
Frank Foster Tony Kilshawe
Bob Phillips Peter Eckersley
William Featherstone Norman Smith
Mary Featherstone Patricia Ufton

Cast of How the Other Half LovesCast of How the Other Half Loves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View the Gallery

View the Gallery

 

Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

How the Other Half Loves

Cast of How the Other Half Loves

Guild Players Sparkle with a Modern Comedy

The most gifted playwright of the present day is without doubt Alan Ayckbourn, who contrives to magnify life and yet keep it utterly proportionate. His How the Other Half Loves, a West End success of a year or two ago was an obvious choice for The Guild Players, noted for their sophisticated approach to amateur theatre. This play has its complications for the uninitiated. The one set depicts two homes at the same time and, in the 2nd Act, the action of the play – taking place simultaneously – is 24 hours apart. This calls for a complete command of theatre craft, and this The Guild Players Director, Tony Kilshawe, has always had. His adroit direction set the seal on this play. His touch was light enough but positive, and allowed the ironic topsy-turviness of the situation to penetrate its absurdities. The cast of six were absolutely 1st class. They were well cast and suited their characters with kid-glove fitting. Glenys Cresswell and Tony Kilshawe were 1st rate as the more mature couple, and gilded the production with a sparkle. They contrasted perfectly with the characterisation from Sarah Roantree and Peter Eckersley. Sarah was excellent as the intelligent but slipshod wife, and Peter Eckersley gave one of his best performances as a career – building young man. Inebriation is difficult to portray effectively on stage, but Peter – who I have never seen the worse for wear in real life ‑ turned in a really tailor made scene which must have had the most confirmed teetotaller laughing. Norman Smith has for a long time been a kingpost of Guild Players productions, and in this play he presented yet another wholly satisfying characterisation. The diffident personality suited Norman well. For me, the highlight of this play was the mouse-like young wife, which is one of Ayckbourn’s best characterisations. Patricia Ufton played this almost waif-like character to perfection. Her every inflection and movement was just right. Patricia Ufton is a comedienne par excellence. Full marks to The Guild Players, and here’s top their next show – The Man who Came to Dinner – in February.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Henry Riley
Stage Managers Doris Cohen, Molly Fitzgerald & Sarah Blythe
Lighting Colin Taverner
Music & Sound Arthur Laffar
Bar Peter Dunkley
Buffet Vera Eckersley

Cast of How the Other Half LovesCast of How the Other Half Loves