New Directors' Showcase (2002)
The New Directors' Showcase featured 2 contrasting one-act productions.
Directed by Peter Loftus
This classic one act offering by playwright David Campton captures, in one extraordinary moment in time, the surreal existence of seven ladies: The Cagebirds. Kept in a secure and controlled environment by The Mistress, the already fragile lifestyle of the birds is interrupted and threatened by the introduction into their midst of The Wild One.
The destiny of The Wild One rests not only in the hands of The Mistress, but with the six existing cohabiting birds: The Regular Thump, The Long Tongued Gossip, The Great Guzzler, The Constant Twitting, The Mirror Eyed Gazer and The Medicated Gloom. Frustration, anger, sadness and much humour weave through this play leading, ultimately, to an inevitable but unexpected outcome.
- The Mistress - Christine Theophilus
- The Wild One - Sarah Owen
- The Regular Thump - Maggie Kruger
- The LongTongued Gossip - Kellie LaBelle
- The Great Guzzler - Helen Davies
- The Constant Twitting - Deirdre Jackson
- The MirrorEyed Gazer - Kara Tobin
- The Medicated Gloom - Ingrid Palm
The Monkey's Paw
Adapted from a short story by W W Jacobs
Directed by Andy Revel
It is a cold and stormy night in the late 1940s. Mr and Mrs White and their son Herbert are waiting in the kitchen for their good friend, Sergeant-Major Morris, to arrive for dinner. When he finally arrives he has an unexpected present: a monkey's paw - is it just a good luck charm or something far more sinister?
- Mother - Marian Buss
- Father - Clive Russell
- Herbert White - Joe Williams
- Sergeant-Major Morris - Bob Callender
- Man from the Works - Jonathan Samuel
Crew (for both shows)
- Stage Manager - Abi Spooner
- Assistant Stage Manager - Rogan Cessford
- Supervisor - Helen Chadney
- Lighting Design - Mike Elliott
- Lighting Operator - Emma Connolly
- Sound - Andrew Rickinson
- Set Design & Construction - Alan Buckman, Andy Revel, Peter Loftus, Sarah Archer, Jonathan Samuel & Anna York
- Prompt - Hannah Le Page
- Wardrobe - Val Williams & Marie Hull
- Blacks - Alan Buckman & Bernie Bullbrook
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