Production 98 Noah

NoahBy Andre Obey

 

Performed on Thu 31st May to Sat 2nd June 1979 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Noah Peter Ashton
Mrs. Noah Doris Cohen
Shem James Smith
Ham Mel Jenkins
Japieth Julian Gugenheim
Naomi Julie Greig
Sella Ann Lawrence
Ada Jessica Robinson
The Bear Mark Andrews
The Tiger Peter Ryan
The Monkey Caroline Le Faye
The Elephant Walter Plinge
The Cow Molly Caldecott
The Lamb Joanna Rees
The Man Ray Caldecott

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Previews/Reviews

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Noah

Cast of Noah

A Simple Look at Noah and Those in the Ark

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all they house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. So it is written in Genesis, which goes on to recount the great deluge, which destroyed life of earth – except for Noah and his family and the animals. Well over four decades ago the French playwright, Andre Obey, adapted the half‑a‑dozen chapters of Genesis into a play. John Gielgud played Noah, there was a huge Ark, animal’s everywhere and amazing sound and lighting effects. Last week The Guild Players presented Noah as their Whitsun offering in The Kilshawe Theatre, Deal. Gordon Crier, who chose a simple style of presentation, directed it. He used nothing more than symbols to create the days of the Old Testament. Nothing more was required – atmosphere was there. Peter Ashton played Noah. Always consistent, Peter Ashton was dominating in this role of a good man who had a simple relationship and understanding with God, but not quite the same rapport with his three sons. Peter Ashton was able to express Noah’s forcefulness of purpose at earthly level and his bewilderment at certain spiritual levels. It was a well-balanced performance. Mel Jenkins played Ham, the eldest son, and was able to exemplify all Ham’s aggressiveness and eventual contempt for his father. This was a dominating performance: here was a man with plenty of human failings to pass on to coming generations. The other sons were James Smith and Julian Gugenheim. James Smith portrayed the scholarly and quiet-spoken Shem well and young Julian Gugenheim gave Japeth a convincing wide-eyed innocence. He is a newcomer to The Guild Players and is a youngster of potential. Ray Caldecott played the prejudiced villager accusing Noah of sorcery – a brilliant contribution which summed up, in one brief appearance, the hypocrisy of the time. Doris Cohen, who gave a heartfelt characterisation, played Mrs. Noah. The three girls were Julie Grieg, Ann Lawrence and Jessica Robinson. All looked attractive and made worthwhile contributions in small parts. The animals were Mark Andrews, Peter Ryan, Caroline LeFaye, Walter Plinge, Mollie Caldecott and Joanna Rees. Their costumes and those of the other characters were excellent. These were the work of Zena Almond, Eleanor Bowthorpe, Mollie Caldecott and Molly Fitzgerald. A thoughtful production at an appropriate time of the church year.

Published in The East Kent Mercury 7th June 1979

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gordon Crier
House Manager Alan Cresswell
Front of House Zena Almond & Lorna Gregory
Stage Managers Molly Caldecott & Glenys Cresswell
Lighting & Effects Nick Tigwell
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Frank Eckersley
Bar Peter Wood
Scenery Peter Eckersley, Norman Smith & David Steytler
Illustrated Posters Samantha
Make-Up Joyce Jewson
Costumes Zena Almond, Eleanor Bowthorpe, Molly Caldecott & Molly Fitzgerald

Cast of Noah