by Bob Larbey
Directed and Designed by Alan Buckman
The earliest seeds for what has now grown into the BT Biennial were sown by the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain in 1990. It was then that the wish to commission a new play, specifically for members, was first proposed.
It was also around this time that BT were looking for an opportunity to support the amateur theatre alongside their then support for The Royal Shakespeare Company. At that time many said that the amateur theatre was a strange bedfellow for the RSC, but BT persevered.
It was then that luck, as is always the case in the best stories, played its part and a consultant attending the LTG's AGM heard the plea and knowing of BT's search put the two parties together - The BT Biennial was born soon afterwards.
The BT Biennial is designed to bring the community closer together, as well as facilitating the provision of new plays siutable for local amateur dramatic groups. Stephen Serpell, head of BT's community partnership programme, confirmed, "BT Biennial is at the heart of BT's commitment to arts in the community and we are delighted to be involved in promoting amateur theatre which is all about communication and personal development."
On October 14th, Sand Castles, a new play by Bob Larbey, one of our top TV and theatre writers, will be premiered in nearly 100 theatres across the country and quickly become the most performed new play in the world this year.
- William Patterson - Alan Jarvis
- Margaret Patterson (His wife) - Pam Jarvis
- Beachcomber - Peter Fortune
- Mrs Penfold - Su Hands
- Stan Billet - Billy Colvill
- Mr Kite - Walter Plinge
- Tracey Kite - Alice Mill
- Bernice Billet (Stan's wife) - Eileen Coan
- Mrs Billet (Stan's mother) - Ruth Lidyard
- Pauline (Bernice's sister) - Yvonne Amos
- Ida - Juliette Mills
- Mrs Newman - Lisa Marsh
- Doug - Matthew Grater
- Debs - Emma Howcutt
- Becky - Alice Mill
- Stage Manager - Jenny Newstead
- Lighting - Matthew Blackstaffe
- Sound - Ian Mill
- Set Construction - Anton Krause, Stiofan O'Sullibhan, Matthew Grater
- Prompt - Denise McAleaney
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