popular but difficult play by Bill Naughton was capably
performed by the players at the Priory Methodist Church
Hall, Bedford, on Thursday.
Despite a fairly small first night audience the cast did
their best and worked as a team to produce a polished production.
was no evidence of any first night nerves and the most striking
thing was the remarkably relaxed appearance of the cast.
Because of this the audience too were able to relax and
become involved in the trials and tribula-tions of the Crompton
The domineering Rafe Crompton was played by George Lowther
and his wife Daisy by Nan Armitage, both of whom gave excellent
Moxon, who played Harold Crompton. came over well and was
extremely funny. He could well act as a stand in for James
Bolam of television's "The Likely Lads."
brother Wilfred, played by Martin Edwards also did well.
particularly in a difficult emotional scene in which he
had to faint.
The hard and unemotional Florence was well portrayed by
Joy Newbold and her sister Hilda by Christine Elsom.
The loud mouthed Betsy Jane was well played by Gill Lees
and Bill Moxon as Arthur gave an impressive performance.
The open set without the use of a curtain was most acceptable
and overcame fairly well the problems of having a front
room and kitchen set on stage at the same time.
It made a pleasant change to see quiet and efficient stage
hands and Barbara Noble and Jose Fennell made a good job
of the make-up.
Performances were also given on Friday and Saturday.