an ageing schoolmaster and an unfaithful wife and you
have the ingredients for The Browning Version, a drama
by Terence Rattigan.
It was one of two plays presented by the Wesley Players
at Priory Methodist Church, Bedford, last week. The other
was Time For Bed, a comedy by Philip Johnson.
Both are difficult plays to produce and act, but despite
this they achieved a well-deserved success.
The Browning Version has a cast of seven. David Carter
took the leading role as the schoolmaster who lost not
only his wife but most of his self-respect.
An ambitious role for a professional, let alone an amateur
actor, but one in which Mr. Carter did well. He was well
supported by Gill Dartnell, as his wife, and George Lowther,
as her lover. Both gave good performances, although at
times Mr. Lowther was difficult to hear.
Others in the play were Peter Beck, John Yunnie, Joy Newbold
and Tim Durrant.
Comedy is always hard to perform well, but Barbara Noble
and Myrtle Newbury ensured success with their constant
one-upmanship campaign against each other in Time For
Ably assisted by Frances Yunnie, Edith Allen and John
Woodward, the play left a contented audience at the end.