Where and When
23rd – 25th November 1989 @ The Allendale Centre, Wimborne
The events of the past are brought to life in Gorse Cottage when, after twenty years abroad, Mrs Bell’s daughter Sylvia returns to visit her mother and spinster sister, Mavis. The beautiful Sylvia brings with her a daughter whose plainness arouses the same enmity in old Mrs Bell that has led her to use and mistreat Mavis for so long. Rose, however, shows spirit and humour in her dealings with her grandmother. The atmosphere of spite deepens into something more when Mrs Bell is frightened almost to death. The only suspects are the members of her own family. Was murder the intention? Will it be finally accomplished?
- Mrs Bell – Margaret Pope
- Ellen – Carolyn Woodward
- Mavis Bell – Jan Stevenson
- Dr Parry – Paul Hewitt
- Sylvia Morley – Pam Feltham
- Rose Morley – Amanda Pattison
- Arthur Fox – Mark Robbins
- Director Joyce Eidmans
- Stage Manager – Hermann Swoboda
- ASM – Martin Lodge
- Lighting – Chris Richards
- Lighting Assistant – Louise Eaton
- Prompt – David Green
- Properties – Barbara Hurst and Shirley Ilott
- Decor – Enid Davies
- Wardrobe – Barbara Trebilco
- Sound – Tony Feltham
- Front of House – Daphne Young
- Backcloths – Muriel Brookes
- Poster Design – Carolyn Woodward
- Production Secretary – Janet Smith
Drama Was Well Done
Death and the Maiden by Georgina Reid, Wimborne Drama Club’s November production at the Allendale Centre, was not so sombre as it sounds. Set in the Edwardian era, it has a swiftly moving plot, sharply contrasting characters, and an exciting climax.
Members took full advantage of the oppurtunities it presented: an imaginative set deserved the round of applause, the period costumes were a delight and the challenging demands on the actors were well met.
Margaret Pope, as the unpleasant, bullying matriarch, gave an outstanding performance which dominated the first two acts; Jan Stevenson and Pam Feltham as her two daughters were totally convincing in sincerely felt contrasting characters.
Amanda Pattinson, in her first performance on the stage, in the rather difficult part of the granddaughter who stands up to her fearful grandmothr, gave a remarkably convincing performance, as did the other newcomer, Mark Robbins, whose commanding physical presence and north country accent, brought his character vividly to life.
Paul Hewitt’s portrayal of the good-looking young doctor and Carolyn Woodward’s nosy pretty girl from nect door were delightfully realised.
The producer, Joyce Eidmans, is to be congratulated.