Photos Reviews

Mixed Doubles

June 1984

by various authors, directed by Mary Jones


The Vicar - by George Melly

Vicar - Gordon Halliday


A Man's Best Friend - by James Saunders

Jackie - Sybil Hopson

Pete - Trevor Collins

Score - by Lyndon Brook

Harry - Gordon Halliday

Sheila - Alison Lambourne

Norma - by Alun Owen

The Woman - Mary Jones

The Man - Philip Jones

Night - by Harold Pinter

The Lawyer - by George Melly

Lawyer - Philip Jones

Permanence - by Fay Weldon

Helen - Gillian Yates

Peter - Brian Bowker

Countdown - by Alan Ayckbourn

The Husband - Jim Orford

The Wife - Louise Wigfield

Silver Wedding - by John Bowen

Audrey - Joan Bowditch

Julian - Ray Parrott

Resting Place - by David Campton

The Old Woman - Margaret Butt

The Old Man - Ben Grimsey

Production Team:

Producer - Mary Jones

Stage - Roy Wheeler & Mike Trout

Lighting - Barry Matthews

Sound - Norman Wren

Front of House - Lynn Trout

Make-up - Diana Lucas

Costumes, Props - by members of the cast

Photographs - Don Steven


From Estuary News:

...Gordon Halliday and Philip Jones... demonstrate great mastery of the skill of timing...

Slap-bang in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight and in that season when many were contemplating the celebration of nuptual bliss, Estuary Players' production of Mixed Doubles provided a welcomed interruption to the first of these institutions, and a timely opportunity to appraise the second.

When Trevor Collins, the 'blushing groom', made clear his intention to tune his guitar at half-hourly intervals throughout his honeymoon, the mould was set. The eight episodes from married life were often hilarious, occasionally sad, but always tragic. How much do doubles players know, understand and think about each other? How tolerant are they of each other? How much do they take for granted? These were the questions that burned long after the lights had gone down.

As the evening bounced from wedlock to deadlock (view that as you will), there were some sparkling performances as each of the couples revealed their own marital truth. Jim Orford and Louise Wigfield, in Ayckbourn's Countdown, switched from speech to thought in a manner both fluent and convincing, while Joan Bowditch's treatment of Ray Parrott on their twenty-fifth anniversary was positively menacing.

The whole presentation was neatly boxed by Melly's Vicar and Lawyer, allowing Gordon Halliday and Philip Jones, respectively, to demonstrate great mastery of the skill of timing.

A large part of the credit for stimulating these performances and for working ten disparate elements into a very cohesive whole undoubtedly goes to Mary Jones, the producer.

I look forward to your next one, Mary.

- Reviewed by: Anon


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