THE CAMBRIDGE PERFORMANCES
Mandeville Enterprises was delighted to learn that the good stout folk of Cambridge had taken up the cause, and were labouring in rehearsal, to perfect their own staging of this magnificent play. Performances took place at The Fitzpatrick Theatre, Queens' College, Cambridge, on Wednesday February 26th to Saturday March 1st 2003, at 11 p.m.
The all-new cast was as follows:
Mr MATTHEW STEVENS ... Stoke Mandeville
Mr ROBIN HOLDEN ... Graham Pennyworth
Mr OWEN MONIE ... Braithwaite etcetera
Miss HANNAH MEYER ... Rachel etcetera
Mr RICHARD ROBERTS ... The King etcetera
Mr Edward Segal (email@example.com) was the director. See also the BATS website.
Should patrons find the Fitzpatrick Theatre convenient and congenial, then they may like to know that there are other plays to be staged there in the near future, by other playwrights whom Mandeville Enterprises wishes to encourage. These are The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and The Three Sisters by Anton Chekov.
Here follow some snapshots taken by Mr Nikolas Lloyd on his new-fangled digital camera, on the occassion of the last night of the run. To avoid using flash-lighting, he opted to employ a very slow shutter speed, which explains both the blurred nature of some of the shots, and the smallness of these pictures, which is an attempt to hide that blurredness.
"We are proud to present The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, Astronaut and Gentleman, a tale of science and heroism for all the family, except ladies. Brace yourselves!"
"Ow! You hit me!"
"Ah - sorry about that old chap, but you were starting to babble. Had to lay you out for your own good. You do understand."
"What problems have you noticed?"
"Rugby scores are down. There seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for manly injury. There was even a rumour that someone had confided in someone about something."
"I mean I am the equivalent of Carstairs, but from my dimension. In your world, my mother called me Carstairs, and I met you, and I did lots of great things."
"Careful: don't get above yourself."
"Sorry. But in my dimension I was called Graham, and I became a lawyer, and my life's a mess."
"Bit much to blame on a choice of name, don't you think? More tea?"
"Sorry to drop by unannounced like this. I'm afraid we need to inspect your workings."
"Oh, so you're not the tea tanker, then?"
"'Oo is 'ee, then?"
"I dunno. I didn't fink to ask."
"Didn't fink to ask? That's no very polite is it? 'As 'ee got any biscuits?"
"Tell you what, I'll just pop this on the revolvulator."
"You'll never get away with this, Pooter. I'll track you down, even if I have to go to the depths of darkest Provence!"
The second curtain call. Those of a nervous disposition shielded their ears from the thunderous applause.
Backstage, after the last night. All but the goateed director seem pretty pleased with the way things have gone.
Laura Davies, wrote the following revue of the Cambridge Production in the The Cambridge Student, on 27th February 2003.
The menu repeated:
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