Blithe Spirit

6th - 11th December 2021

About The Play

Directed by Richard Gomm

Noel Coward's famous classic in which novelist Charles Condomine needs help to overcome his writer's block and seeks  inspiration from spiritualist medium, Madame Arcati. He gets more than he bargains for when his deceased first wife, Elvira comes through resulting in jealousy, misunderstandings and chaos as his second wife Ruth adjusts to the presence of their visitor.

Tickets available online via the 'BOOK TICKETS' button at the top of the website or from Budleigh TIC 01395 445275.

The Cast

Edith - Karen Lyon

Ruth Condomine - Penny Hill

Charles Condomine - Leigh Steedman

Doctor Bradman - Phil Rogers

Mrs Bradman - Kim Clark

Madam Arcarti - Wendy Gomm

Elvira - Katrina Horth

Backstage

Stage Manager - Steve Clark

Backstage Crew - Jackie Collins & Chris Barnacle

Tech - Nathan Wakefield, Marc Colson & Bruce Bolton

Props - Wendy Gomm

Prompt - Elaine Wilson & Rosemary Holt

Set - Richard Gomm & crew

Costume - Deb Pearson, Wendy Gomm, Leonie Motler

Make Up - Molly Morton

Front of House - Judith Stewart-Young

Box Office - Judith Stewart-Young

Photography - Bruce Bolton and Daniel Hill

Special thanks to Children's Hospice Care South West and RIO for their donation of ornaments.

Director's Notes

Let me welcome you back to our theatre.

This is our first indoor production in nearly two years and we start our season with Blithe Spirit, which is a classic, done by many groups over the years. It presents a challenge, not only to the cast but the backstage crew as well. Keep and eye out for the ghostly goings on, while enjoying the show. 

Richard Gomm

Director 

Chairman's Notes

I don’t think I have ever been so excited to say ‘welcome back to the Salterton Playhouse’!

It is 20 months since we last had an audience through our doors. Theatres and performing artists around the world have suffered immensely through the pandemic, but we are still here and going strong, and utterly thrilled to be performing for you once again.

The pandemic hit us hard financially. With the playhouse sat empty there was a lot of deterioration and a large number of repairs which needed to be carried out, including a burst water main and rotten floors and doors. At the same time we took advantage of this and have redecorated the foyer, repainted the outside of the theatre, replaced the flats used to build the sets, and refurbished the bathrooms at the back of the auditorium. Hopefully you think it all looks nice and smart, and will buy a few extra raffle tickets to help replenish our funds. If you are so inclined and can afford to, there is also the donation box in the foyer. Thank you in advance for any contributions you are able to make.

So what were we to do with our first proper production back? We wanted something classic and fun that was well known, and Director Richard Gomm nailed that with his choice of Blithe Spirit. Everyone has worked tirelessly to pull together this complex and technically challenging play (keep an eye out for ghostly going’s on), and I couldn’t be prouder of the club.

You should also see many familiar faces on the stage, my own included, and I think it’s safe to say that 18 months off from learning lines made this a bit of a shock to the system! However we have had enormous fun throughout and cannot wait to hear your reviews.

It gives me such pleasure to once again, finally say, sit back, relax, and we hope you enjoy the show!

Penny Hill

Chairman