Wesley Players, a recently-formed group of amateur players
in Bedford, have a rather macabre, but still magnificent,
sense of humour.
staged two one-act plays at St. Paul's Methodist Church
Hall, Bedford, on Thursday last week assuming that the two
plays chosen would mix sufficiently well to provide a successful
example of living theatre.
assumption was of correct.
introductory play, The Rose and Crown, by J. B. Priestley,
left us with a vague fear of the future . . . a feeling
that tomorrow might produce an unforeseen hazard which could
not be tackled.
counter-part, This Desirable Cottage, by Anthony Booth,
dispelled that fear with the thought that even the most
disastrous situation —such as two honeymoon couples
booking the same cottage at the same time—could be
Stone (played by Peter Beck) a grumbling tradesman, pops
into his local, The Rose and Crown, for an evening with
their evening is spoilt by the appearance of a stranger
(David Carter), who walks in and tells Harry Tully (Ralph
Kilby) he must, die.
Peter Beck had carefully thought out the climax by weighting
the earlier conversation slightly so that the entrance of
the stranger was met with an uncertain silence.
done, Mr. Beck. The players, too, deserve congratulations
for their excellent acting.
Desirable Cottage was the perfect antidote to the caustic
theme of the first play.
audience laughed with the players and at the players, and
joined in with the general feeling of fun.
honeymoon couples (played by Don Edwards, Barbara Spencer,
Chris Maskell and Frances Yunnie) have been married for
wives arrive wearing the same dress and both an carried
over the threshold o: the overcrowded love nest.
on the scene are Woody (Tony Armstrong), who has booked
the cottage for week's fishing, Tina (Olive Bennett) who
has come to paint and Fred (Tony Wells)—who has come
to pull down the cottage!
was light comedy and it made no attempt to do anything other
than make the audience laugh.
Rose and Crown
Peter Beck, Edith Allen. John Yunnie, Margaret Maskell,
Nan Armitage, Ralph Kilby. David. Carter, prompter, Joy
This Desirable Cottage
Don Edwards, Barbara Spencer, Chris Maskell, Frances Yunnie,
Tony Armstrong, Olive Bennett, Tony Wells, producer, Myrtle
Newbury, prompter, Anne Phillips.