The Chalk Garden | April 2010

By Enid Bagnold, directed by Rene Hughes

Elderly Mrs St. Maugham is now living in her country manor house with her young granddaughter Laurel.

Laurel is estranged from her mother, who has re-married and is living abroad. They are served by a man-servant who is overworked and exploited by both the imperious grandmother and her wilful and disruptive granddaughter. Over the premises, unseen, is the brooding presence of the former butler, now bed-ridden and cared for by a nurse.

Into this dysfunctional household comes the enigmatic Miss Madrigal, engaged by the distracted grandmother, without references, to be governess to Laurel. Madrigal, however, hides a secret past and her usual self-control is jolted into a feverish state of anxiety with unexpected return of Laurel’s mother and a visitor by whom she was known in the past. Is Madrigal’s true identity about to be revealed ?

Cast
Madrigal                              Carolyn Taylor
Maitland                              Dennis Packham
2nd Applicant                     Jean Golder
3rd Applicant                      Muriel Kidd
Laurel                                  Megan Burtenshaw
Mrs St Maugham               Penny Vetterlein
Nurse                                   Linden Downham
Olivia                                    Janet Edden
The Judge                           John Heather

Backstage
Lighting Designer:                     Jon Lewis
Sound Designer:                        Ian James
Stage Director:                          Bill Ransom
Set Design & concept:               Rene Hughes
Set design & decor:                   Bill Ransom
Techncial Support:                   Andrew Herbert
Set construction:                       Bill Ransom, John Heather, Andrew Heather, Robin Kirby, Bernard Hemsley
Special construction:                  Bill Ransom
Stage Manager:                          Heather London
Asst Stage Manager:                  Beryl Neal
Lighting Assistant:                     Rachel Cormican
Sound Assistant:                        Verity Hall
Props:                                          Sally Guttridge, Barbara Gadsden
Wardrobe:                                   Margaret Uzzell
Make-up & hair:                         Jean Golder, Penny Vetterlein, Christine Lever
Prompt:                                       Mary Ransom

House Manager:                         John Heather
Refreshments:                            Nina James
Raffle:                                           Beryl Neal
Box Office:                                   Margaret Uzzell
Poster/programme design:       Graham Copeland
Programme editor:                     John Guttridge

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