Production 97 Goodnight Mrs Puffin

Goodnight Mrs PuffinBy Arthur Lovegrove

 

Performed on on Thu 30th November to Sat 2nd December 1978 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Ethel Fordyce Doris Cohen
Jacqueline Fordyce Coreen Collison
Pamela Fordyce Julie Grieg
Nicholas Fordyce Peter Eckersley
Annie Molly Caldecott
Amelia Puffin Eleanor Bowthorpe
Henry Fordyce Ray Caldecott
Stephen Parker Peter Ryder
Victor Parker James Smith
Roger Vincent Christopher Sewell

Cast of Goodnight Mrs Puffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

Comedy

The Guild Players turn back the clock tonight (Thursday) when they open in The Kilshawe Theatre - within St. George’s Hall, Deal – with Goodnight Mrs. Puffin. There are three performances and the comedy is directed by Gordon Crier, a retired radio, television and stage producer and director. The role created by Irene Handl is taken by Eleanor Bowthorpe, and a strong cast includes established members with some new faces, together with two performers from other groups. Curtain up at 7:30.

Cast of Goodnight Mrs Puffin

Guild Players Have Fun With Mrs. Puffin

The time studies of J. W. Dunne prompted Priestley to write a couple of first-rate dramas, and were, if I am not mistaken, also behind Arthur Lovegrove’s Good Night Mrs. Puffin. While Priestley was entirely serious, Arthur Lovegrove invests his play with humour and his manipulation with time is pinned on a dream. The Guild Players closed their 1978 season last week with Good Night Mrs. Puffin at The Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, in sparkling style. The comedy concerns Amelia Puffin, who has had a dream about the Fordyce family, preparing for a wedding. Her prognostications bring turmoil – for she says the Fordyce girl will marry another man. All ends well, of course, and the fun is fast and furious. Gordon Crier directed and caught perfectly the sense of fun as Mrs. Puffin continued to make her outrageous looks into the future. Eleanor Bowthorpe played Mrs. Puffin and she gave a towering performance in which every laugh-line was exploited to the full. Eleanor Bowthorpe is a comedienne of excellence and this was a part ready-made for her. The play was exceptionally well cast and newcomer Ray Caldecott was first-rate as the long‑suffering father . A good sense of timing and of mannerism resulted in an amusing characterisation. Glamour came from Julie Grieg and Coreen Collison. Wilowy Julie was making her stage debut and is going to be a decided asset to the local amateur theatre scene. Coreen Collinson enhanced the reputation she has gained with St. Leonard’s Players. Doris Cohen and Peter Eckersley can always be relied upon and in this play they were both as competent and as amusing as ever. Peter Ryder, of St. Nicholas Players, is another actor who never disappoints and his characterisation here was a perfect contrast to that of Ray Caldecott. Three newcomers to The Guild Players were Mollie Caldecott, James Smith and Christopher Sewell. Molly Caldecott made as much as she could out of the part and Christopher Sewell did as well as he could with the part of the man who arrives and alters the wedding plans. It was a part without any real impact and very contrived. James Smithy was excellent as the glum-faced and father-dominated young man and I hope to see more of him in forthcoming productions. There’s no doubt these inconsequential comedies make good box office for local amateur societies. There’s nothing better than raising a laugh and Good Night Mrs. Puffin, was the perfect pre‑Christmas entertainment.

Tony Arnold
Published in The East Kent Mercury 7th December 1978

Theatre Changes Name: At an extraordinary General Meeting of The Guild Players it was agreed that as a tribute and a Memorial to the late Tony Kilshawe, the name of The Little Theatre, be changed to The Kilshawe Theatre.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gordon Crier
House Manager Alan Cresswell
Front of House Zena Almond & Lorna Gregory
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Glenys Cresswell & Molly Fitzgerald
Lighting & Effects Nick Tigwell
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Frank Eckersley
Bar Peter Wood
Graphic Design Susan Horne
Décor Peter Eckersley & Norman Smith

Cast of Goodnight Mrs Puffin