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Kilmardinny Players

A non-professional club dedicated to cultivate and further the interests of drama

performing at Kilmardinny Arts Centre, 50 Kilmardinny Avenue, Bearsden. G61 3NN

Kilmardinny Players is a Registered Scottish Charity - Charity Number  SC041872

'Separate Tables' by Terence Rattigan

 

 “It’s surprising how cheerful one can be when one gives up hope.”

 

This play premiered at the St James’s Theatre, London in 1954, transferring to Broadway in 1956. Notable revivals include Peter Brook’s at the Albery Theatre in 1993 with Patricia Hodge and Peter Bowles. A Manchester Royal Exchange production in 2006 used Rattigan’s alternative ‘gay’ version of the Major’s offence, written for the Broadway production but never used.  It was filmed in 1958, with a TV version in 1983.

 

 This is actually two plays linked by place (Beauregard Private Hotel), ensemble characters (nine in both plays) and theme (love, loneliness, emotional inarticulacy and the inequality of passion). The title symbolises the characters’ isolation. Each sits alone, craving intimacy yet incapable of it. They are joined by John Malcolm, disgraced politician, living under an assumed name and his ex-wife, Anne, who share a traumatic past. Major Pollock has invented a fictional past which unravels when he is arrested for sexual offences. Sybil, inhibited daughter of the stuffy Mrs Railton-Bell, is drawn to the Major as a kindred spirit. Miss Cooper, the manageress, is the moral centre of this optimistic play. Disappointed in love, she believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, in the possibility of life beyond the separate tables.    

                                                                                                                  Paul Cockcroft

 

 

 

Cast and Crew for “Separate Tables” by Terence Rattigan

Kilmardinny House Arts Centre 22nd to 24th March 2018

 

Cast

 

Table By The Window

 

   John Malcolm                   Allan Cowan

   Anne Shankland               Fiona Birch

 

Table Number Seven

 

   Major Pollock                    Paul Cockcroft

   Sybil Railton-Bell               Lisa Colquhoun

 

   The Ensemble (in both plays)

 

   Miss Cooper                   Jenny Ryall    

   Mrs Railton-Bell              Moira Crawford      

   Lady Matheson               Diane McKee     

   Miss Meacham                Deirdre Campbell        

   Mr Fowler                       James Scott    

   Charles Stratton             David Maclean    

   Jean Tanner                  Angela Cowan

   Mabel                             Ailsa Spence    

   Doreen                           Kat McCallum    

 

 

Crew

 

   Director                            Paul Cockcroft      

   Producer                          Christina Dowers

   Stage Manager                David Hutchinson

   Assistant Stage Manager Jane MacConnacher

   Technical Director           Craig Dowers    

   Prompt                             Liz Good

Rehearsal Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated below, all rehearsals are at Milngavie Lesser Town Hall and start at 19:30. All

members, and potential new members, are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Dates

Business

People needed

4th January (Thurs)

The Inequality of Passion – Rattigan’s World (discussion) followed by reading and reflection on “Table by the Window’

Everyone

8th January (Mon)

A Brief History of Gay Sex (discussion) followed by reading and reflection on ‘Table Number Seven’

Everyone

11th January (Thurs)

Playing around with blocking 1

John, Anne and Ensemble

15th January (Mon)

Bearsden Hub Lesser Hall

Playing around with blocking 2

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

18th January (Thurs)

Character exploration and play

All Ensemble except Miss Cooper

22nd January (Mon)

Character exploration and play

John, Anne, Sibyl, Major, Miss Cooper

25th January (Thurs)

Exploration and experiment 1

John, Anne and Ensemble

29th January (Mon)

Exploration and experiment 2

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

1st February (Thurs)

Finalising Blocking - first half

John, Anne and Ensemble

5th February (Mon)

Milngavie Main Hall

Finalising Blocking – second half

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

8th February (Thurs)

Full stagger through

Everyone

12th February (Mon)

Table Number Seven

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

15th February (Thurs)

Table Number Seven

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

19th February (Mon)

Bearsden Hub Lesser Hall

Table by the Window

John, Anne and Ensemble

22nd February (Thurs)

Bearsden Hub Main Hall

Table Number Seven

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

26th February (Mon)

Table by the Window

John, Anne and Ensemble

1st March (Thurs)

Table by the Window

John, Anne and Ensemble

5th March (Mon)

Table Number Seven

Major, Sibyl and Ensemble

8th March (Thurs)

Table by the Window

John, Anne and Ensemble

12th March (Mon)

Full run through

Everyone

15th March (Thurs)

Full run through

Everyone

19th to 24th March

Kilmardinny House

Production Week

Everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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