Production 9 The Foolish Gentlewoman

The Foolish GentlewomanBy Margery Sharp

Performed on Thu 24th to Sat 26th April 1958 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Simon Brocken Conrad Sherwin
Jacqueline Brown Anne Norman
Greta Poole Maureen Hook
Humphrey Garrett Ronald Latham
Isabel Brocken Dorrie Sherwin
Dora Tremayne Freda Hogben
Tilly Cuff Molly Fitzgerald

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

The Foolish Gentlewoman

Drama Guild Deserved more Support
Good Performances in The Foolish Gentlewoman

Good individual performances but lack of teamwork. These points were evident in the St. George’s Church Drama Guild’s production of The Foolish Gentlewoman given in St. George’s Hall last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Once more this small but enthusiastic Society was working under great difficulties – lack of support, the attendance on all three nights was extremely poor. The appealing three act play by Margery Sharp is the story of how a woman, Tilly Cuff, has lived a lonely and embittered life as a governess and companion as the result of her cousin’s, Isabel Brocken’s, interference in a youthful love affair. After well over 30 years have elapsed, Isabel, stricken with conscience, asks her cousin to come and stay in her attempt to make amends. Tilly, completely unsuspecting, arrives, as do several other members of the family, with most entertaining results. This was a case of the men outshining the women. Conrad Sherwin as Simon Brocken, Isabel’s unbending brother-in-law, and Ronald Latham (on loan from Deal Dramatic Society) as Humphrey, her nephew, completely eclipsed the rest of the cast with their polished and assured performances. Conrad Sherwin also produced. Dorrie Sherwin (Isabel) was good and played her part with great charm and appeal, her portrayal only being marred by occasional inaudibility. This also applied to Anne Norman, as Isabel’s companion. Maureen Hook, Greta, the cook’s daughter, was most natural and had the audience charmed by her very expressive eyes. Molly Fitzgerald (Tilly) made an excellent entrance which immediately arrested one’s attention; this she succeeded in holding for most of the performance. Mrs. Poole, the cook, was amusingly portrayed by Doris Cohen, but I found Freda Hogben, as Dora Tremayne, slightly unconvincing. This may have been due to nerves. One had the feeling she was unsure of herself. Top marks for the set. It was attractive and uncluttered, and therefore did not distract one’s attention from the action.

A.D.
Published in the East Kent Mercury May 1st 1958

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Conrad Sherwin
Set Construction Phil Casey
Décor Victor Houston
Lighting Phil Casey
Stage Manager, Props and Prompt Clare Bradshaw, assisted by Brenda Harvey & John Duckworth
Make-up & Hairstyles Catherine Philpott
Programmes Youth Fellowship Members
Box Office Dorothy Philpott
Refreshments Kathleen Riley & Staff
Business Manager & Front of House Bert Bradshaw, assisted by Violet Casey & Muriel Saunders