Close the Coalhouse Door (1969)
by Alan Plater
Directed by Audrey Broderick
This is a story about the miners of Durham, in speech and song. It was originally mounted at the Roundhouse Theatre in London, under the direction of Joan Littlewood. The SLTC had the privilege of staging the first amateur production, which was then featured later that year at the London Drama Festival, at the University College Theatre.
- Will Jobling - Edwin Stone
- Thomas Milburn - Peter Broderick
- The Expert - Ronald Cook
- Mary Ann Milburn - Mary Burrand
- Vicar - Roger Haines
- Jackie - Christopher Prior
- Geordie - Charles Cheetham
- John Milburn - David Gillard
- Frank Milburn - Paul Beech
- Ruth - Frances Howard
- Singing Pitwoman - Margaret Bradshaw
- Guests - Jean Pacey, Beryl Pritchard, Terry Barden, Russ Palmer, Robert Scales
- Musicians - Eric Twelftree, Jim Hewgill
- Stage Manager - John Cooke
- Assistant Stage Managers - Eric Gibson, Ron Cox, Ray Creasey, Anna Greenburgh, Valerie White, Margery Keable
- Lighting - Alex Kanarek
- Sound - Jim Judd
- Wardrobe - Linda Morrison
- Set Construction - John Cooke
- Assistant to the director - Ann Cheetham
- F.O.H. Manager - Frank Howcutt
- Box Office Manager - Ralph Wade
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Reminiscences and Anecdotes
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The show was produced on an open stage, with small pieces of scenery to suggest the various locales, and a silhouette of the mine's winding gear against the cyclorama. It therefore presented a real challenge to the lighting designer, given that it all had to be controlled by SLTC's little 24-way switchboard. The real fun came when we transferred to the University College Theatre and I was able to set the same plot on their enormous electronic switchboard, and operate it myself...Alex Kanarek.
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