The Recruiting Officer

By George Farquhar

Performed in July 2004

Directed by David Powley

Acted by Julian Allistone, David Goodwin, Cal Stockbridge, Gareth Jenkins, Richard Noakes, David Pike, Steve Lonsdale, Vicki Hill, Rob Kemp, Jonathan Lewis, Lynn Holmes, Lucy Willshaw, Pauline Noakes, Mungo Arney, Victoria Clive, Finn Needham, Florrie Needham, Andrew Carter (as fiddle player)

Musicians - Andrew Carter, Will Lane, Liam Carter, Paul Radcliffe

Stage Manager -Sue Elm

Set Design & Construction - David Powley, John Morgan

Stage Crew - Paul Elm, Pam Broadbent, Diana Gaunt, Heather Williams, Moira Wood

Costumes, Props & Make-up - Sue Cooper, Denise Kitchin, Linda Chambers, Paddy Clough, Carole Haigh

Lighting & Sound - John Roberts, Terry Johnson

Photography - Paddy Chambers

Extracts from a review: "...the performers are a triumph, playing confidently with their roles in a wonderful array of accents and costumes, ensuring the stage is never dull....In particular, Vicki Hill gives a feisty performance as Sylvia and David Goodwin has some glorious rich-voiced asides as Kite.

But the real show-stealer is the stage itself - highly professional lighting bathes a simple white set which is cleverly manipulated to provide a range of settings.

Set changes are so well co-ordinated they merge effortlessly into the scenes themselves and, on odd occasions, provide great entertainment...the audience even applauded when two pillars were transformed into trees at the twist of a switch, casting atmospheric woodland shadows across the stage furniture.

For me, the play was elevated to another level with the performance of a lone fiddler on a stage representing everything real and beautiful about the performance. I would highly recommend this production." (Claire Metcalfe, Evening Press)

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