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his elder daughetr
his younger daughter
Lydia, his sister-in-law
Bridget, his sister
Wyndham, cousin of
his late wife
& Bill Newbold
to Productions page
16th and 17th January 1970
from The Bedfordshire Times by Dina Morris.
of the cast in the Wesley Players' production of The
Holly and The Ivy. From left, standing, David Carter,
Don Edwards, Martin Edwards and John Yunnie; seated,
Margaret Maskell, Frances Yunnie, Edith Allen and
young or old are a problem. And if they are the children
of the local vicar, the problem can be greater —
especially if one, a modern miss in furs and pearls, is
In Wednesday's presentation by the Wesley Players of The
Holly and The Ivy, at Priory Methodist Church, Bedford,
the vicar was played by David Carter. careworn, thoughtful
—and on occasions inaudible.
daughters Jenny, single, 34, and Margaret, the attractive
alcoholic, were played by Frances Yunnie and Margaret
Maskell. His son, Mick, in the army, who hitch-hiked his
way to present more problems to his father, was played
by Martin Edwards.
Jenny was cold and lost, it contrast to Margaret, the
daughter with a zest for living. Mick was a typical army-type
son, in (crested in life but with couldn't-care-less attitude
to the problems of getting through it.
Wynyard Brown's play set ii this vicarage in Norfolk gave
them a sound verbal base.
The set was excellent. The point at which this production
fell down was its inability to provide complete continuity.
This play is strong theatre, but unfortunately the cast
never attained the strength inherent in the writing.
I liked Nan Armitage, as Aunt Lydia, and I liked that
amazing impression of life as a journalist provided by
Margaret Maskell as the alcoholic.
vicar was a little too weary for me. David Carter did
a good job but I thought he might have given vent to a
little more emotion.
Production by Peter Beck was somewhat uneven. This was
not the vicar's annual fete. A good insight from Mr. Beck,
just the same, into the aloofness of vicarage life.
Rev. Martin Gregory, David Carter; Jenny, his elder daughter,
Frances Yunnie; Margaret, his younger daughter, Margaret
Maskell; Mick, his son, Martin Edwards; Aunt Lydia, his
sister-in-law, Nan Armitage; Aunt Bridget, his sister,
Edith Allen; Richard Wyndham, cousin of his late wife,
Don Edwards; David Patterson, John Yunnie; producer, Peter
Beck; stage management, David Carter and Desmond Smith;
properties, Vera and Bill Newbold; prompt, Joy Newbold;
wardrobe, Margery Stoneham; lighting, Andrew Cook.