The Small Hours
3rd June - 8th June 2013
About The Play
But this isn't your usual Durbridge. It's a late one; and it's set not in London or the Home Counties but near Chichester; it's more gritty, with a terrorist, a potential hijacker, in it; and nobody calls anybody else "darling", as they invariably do in Durbridge.
Directed by Dianne Nicholls
When I was first asked if I would have a go at directing a full length play (having previously directed the one-act play “Bang You’re Dead”), I thought “oo ‘eck”. Then I thought “why not give it a go” so here we are. Of course I then had to select a play, and as we have done several comedies just lately, I thought it was time for a thriller. We have also not done a Francis Durbridge for several years, so I thought it was high time!
I wish to thank my wonderful cast who have been so supportive and helpful whilst I have fumbled my way through the business of directing. I must give special thanks to Richard Gomm who kindly offered to take on the role of Ronnie Sheldon when we lost our original Ronnie.
You will notice that we have a new member on our stage – Kate Baker (playing Millie Decker) who has thrown herself into the role with great enthusiasm. She has done a brilliant job and I hope this is just the first of many appearances by her. I especially wish to thank Roy Miles for designing my lovely set, and also the wonderful set-building team, as well as our great backstage crew without whom we would not be able to put on our super productions.
We do hope you enjoy watching this production as much as we have enjoyed putting it on for you.
It always gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our lovely theatre, and this week to our Production of “The Small Hours”, a thriller by Francis Durbridge directed by Dianne Nicholls.
This is Dianne’s first time directing a full length play, and I am sure you will agree she has done a tremendous job. I am delighted to be involved as a cast member, and want to thank Dianne for all her hard work. As always rehearsals do not always go quite according to plan, but overall they are great fun. This, of course, is one reason why we do it – the other being to bring enjoyment to you, our audience.
We still have two more Productions this year, so if you have not yet picked up our programme for 2013 please take one home with you today. If there is not a copy on your seat, you will find a supply in the foyer.
It just remains for me to thank you for your continued support, and to wish you an enjoyable evening.