Production 99 Put That Light Out!

Put That Light Out!An Anthology Complied By Molly Caldecott

 

Performed on Thu 13th to Sat 15th September 1979 at The Kilshawe Theatre
In aid of The Marie Curie Foundation

 

The Cast

The Cast

Ray Caldecott  
Richard Sewell  
Glenys Cresswell  
James Smith  
Ann Lawrence  
Gill Watson  
Christopher Sewell  
Sue Watson  

Cast of Put That Light Out!Cast of Put That Light Out!

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Put That Light Out!

East Kent Mercury readers are invited to look over their shoulder to the fateful year of 1940. The Guild Players next show is Put that Light Out! an anthology of readings, contemporary sketches, songs, news items, poetry and prose. And articles of the period are wanted by The Players. Every word in the show is authentic and taken from records, speeches and memoirs of both famous and ordinary people. It is a nostalgic look at the home front. Difficulties of rationing, the partings from evacuees and fighting men, the comradeship of the blitz and the wartime songs are all portrayed in the show, which gives a sometimes poignant, but often hilarious portrayal of how the war years really were for those left at home. This type of show is breaking new ground for The Guild Players, and producer Molly Caldecott, who also researched and compiled the show, looks forward to some lively rehearsals, with her contemporaries enjoying the nostalgia, and the younger members having a history lesson under the best possible conditions. There will be an exhibition of wartime souvenirs, photographs of local interest and old newspapers.

Cast of Put That Light Out!

Back to 1940 – With The Help of The Guild Players

Is That What The War Was Like Daddy?

When it comes to a war people always remember – down through the years – the best of times. The pain, the bitterness is lost, and the laughs, the camaraderie, remembered. Which is not good! It gives the war a warmth it doesn’t deserve. Not withstanding there is no fault to be found with the nostalgia of The Guild Players production of Put that Light Out! a World War 2 anthology at The Kilshawe Theatre last week. This was compiled and directed by Molly Caldecott and she was nothing if not sentimental. No real hint here of the blood and the tears. Rather the recollection of the fun of war. It came off very well and delighted capacity audiences for three nights. That is did come off so well was due to the deft direction of Molly Caldecott, who was strong on the laughs and soft on the sadness. Music punctuates everyone’s life and there is always a popular song to with particular phrases. And the popular songs of war always have a meaning. Molly Caldecott’s use of World War 2 songs was adroit and often the audience joined in. The cast of nine was perfectly balanced and remarkably talented. Ladies first! There was mother and daughter; Gill and Sue Watson, looking like sisters. Gill’s snatch of V. Sackville West’s The Land Army was delicious and young Sue – so talented – was a kingpost of the fast-moving production. Glenys Cresswell scored heavily with her vignette of the housewife bombed out but still proud of her well‑washed front step. Was this the stuff Britain was made of? Ann Lawrence is an attractive newcomer I hope to see more of in Guild Players productions. A pleasing personality. Eleanor Bowthorpe was the narrator, which didn’t give her much scope. She maintained the continuity well. James Smith and Christopher Sewell took a wide variety of characters in their stride and Richard Sewell at the piano was really first-rate. He appeared not to have a moment’s relaxation and enjoy every minute of it. Ray Caldecott was convincing with his excerpts of Churchill’s speeches. I liked particularly his This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. That superb play on words by a master of the English language in a speech at the Mansion House on November 10th, 1942. Considerable use was made of recorded speeches, sound effects, and – most effective – photographs on the backcloth. All these provided authentic atmosphere. Everything added up to give a reasonably fair representation of World War 2 for the average family. But the finale of Land of Hope and Glory and the waving of the Union Jack was pure jingoism.

Production Team

Production Team

Complier & Director Molly Caldecott
Narrator Eleanor Bowthorpe

Cast of Put That Light Out!Cast of Put That Light Out!