Production 89 Photo Finish

Photo FinishBy Peter Ustinov

 

Performed on Thu 27th to Sat 29th May 1976 at The Little Theatre
In aid of Funds for Multiple Sclerosis Society

 

The Cast

The Cast

Stella Ann Newson
Sam (aged 80) Tony Kilshawe
Sam (aged 60) Peter Ashton
Sam (aged 40) Jim Smith
Sam (aged 20) Peter Eckersley
Clarice Glenys Cresswell
Ada Cooney Glenys Cresswell
Reginald Kinsale Arthur Linsley
Tommy Norman Smith
Alice Montego Angela Hoskins

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

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Turning Back the Clock is Uncanny

Time study has always fascinated dramatists, and the theories of Ouspensky have been exploited by Priestley in his Time and The Conways and by Peter Ustinov in his equally disconcerting Photo Finish. In his play, Ustinov – always a superb contriver – brings an ageing author face to face with himself at 20, 40 and 60 years of age. The Guild Players production last week of Photo Finish was an uncanny experience. Tony Kilshawe played the senile writer and looked incredibly like Graham Sutherland’s interpretation of Somerset Maugham. This was an exacting part brilliantly played and he was ably abetted by Peter Ashton, Jim Smith and Peter Eckersley as himself through the years. The Guild Players are lucky to have so many talented male performers and Peter Ashton, Jim Smith and Peter Eckersley give unstintingly of their talent. In this play the three actors – considerably different characters in real life – were invested with similarities and rapport by the excellent direction of Gordon Crier, who presented a flawless production. Ann Newson was the writer’s wife and, at various stages of the play, appeared at all ages. This was a challenge, which this gifted actress enjoyed and in which she triumphed. There are few actresses in this area of her calibre and this particular performance was flawless. The production had an excellent supporting cast, of which Arthur Linsley, as the writer’s father, was outstanding. Here was a beautifully tailored characterisation. Glenys Cresswell, Doris Cohen, Norman Smith and Angela Hoskins completed the cast and each contributed to the complete success of the play. Here is a play which virtually mocks verisimilitude, but such was the conviction of Gordon Crier’s direction there was utter truth in every situation. Capacity audiences at every performance meant a good sum was raised by The Guild Players for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gordon Crier
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Set Design Tony Kilshawe, Frank Eckersley & Arthur Birch
Costumes Mary Payne Costumes of Wimbledon
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar & Nick Tigwell
Bar Peter Wood, June Dunkley & Jane Taverner
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Peggy Crier

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