Production 85 Spring and Port Wine

Spring and Port WineBy Bill Naughton

 

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th April 1975 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Daisy Crompton Patricia Ufton
Florence Crompton Sheila Seed
Betsy Jane Eleanor Bowthorpe
Wilfred Crompton Ken Goodwin
Harold Crompton Peter Eckersley
Rafe Crompton Tony Kilshawe
Arthur Norman Smith
Hilda Crompton Kate Sherren

Cast of Spring and Port Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

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Spring and Port Wine

Cast of Spring and Port Wine

Penetrating Study of a North Country Family

There were capacity audiences at The Guild Players Little Theatre in Deal High St. last week for their performance of Bill Naughton’s Spring and Port Wine. The play was directed by Tony Kilshawe and conveyed a rather gentler picture of the North than one expects. Spring and Port Wine is glibly described as a comedy. But it is much more than that. – it is a penetrating look at the quality of standards and their evaluation by a second generation. Bill Naughton is one of the most accomplished observers of contemporary theatre and his play is filled with pathos. The tenderness as well as the turmoil was well caught by Tony Kilshawe. As well as directing, he played the leading role – the dictatorial father of four grown-up children, a man who would not change his ways or move with the times. He was splendid in this role and he was wholly convincing in the final scene when he realises that his inflexibility has brought near-disaster to the household. Acting honours go to Patricia Ufton, a local schoolteacher, who played the mother. Here was a meek, downtrodden woman beset with problems. This was a fragile offering and just right in every detail, and how beautifully Patricia Ufton’s character responded when given the opportunity to accept responsibility. Patricia Ufton is a gifted actress - and she was well cast. Peter Eckersley and Norman Smith have a long string of successes with The Guild Players and both enhanced this production. Peter injected shafts of humour with well-timed laugh-lines, giving the play its much needed light and shade. Norman presented a finely drawn little study as a sympathetic fiancé. Ken Goodwin is a product of Deal Youth Theatre and his portrayal as the youngest member of the family was extremely well done. He has found theatrical maturity and will be a most useful member of the Guild in years to come. Eleanor Bowthorpe was cast as the next-door neighbour and was able to portray the kind of woman everybody loathes to have in the same street. It was a dominating contribution. In contrast was the contribution of attractive Kate Sherren, cast as the youngest daughter, who rebels against her father’s domination. Kate played the teenager with a becoming restraint and her defiance was an accomplished piece of acting. A newcomer to The Guild Players – but not, by any means, to the theatre – is Sheila Seed, cast as the elder daughter, a self-sufficient young woman. Sheila’s debut with the Players will be well remembered. She made the very most of what is an under written part and I am looking forward to seeing her in a more rewarding role soon.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Ann Newson, Winifred Forder & Christine Williams
Lighting & Effects Nick Tigwell & Arthur Laffar
Box Office Glenys Cresswell
Bar June Dunkley & Peter Dunkley
Buffet Vera Eckersley

Cast of Spring and Port Wine