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Waiting in the Wings

By Noel Coward

11-13, 17-20 July 2019 at 7.30pm

Matinée 20 July at 2.30pm

‘The Wings’ is a charity home for retired actresses. Into the jealousies, point-scoring and memories of many decades comes Lotta, new resident and former leading lady. Her arrival revives a long-dormant personal feud which eventually involves the whole community and is only resolved when another resident has to leave in tragic circumstances.

Written as he turned 60, this dark comedy is Coward’s personal tribute to older actresses who supported him at the start of his career. Many appeared in the original cast. It crackles with Coward’s wit and sentiment, along with “the truth that old age needn’t be nearly so dreary and sad as it’s supposed to be, provided you greet it with humour and live it with courage.”

Cast and creatives

Bonita Belgrave: Joy Davidson
Cora Clarke: Anne Giles
Maud Melrose: Pam Akhurst
May Davenport: Sue Newstead
Almina Clare: Jan Farrar
Estelle Craven: Jill Fuller
Deirdre O'Malley: Gill Tichborne
Lotta Bainbridge: Mel Sessions
Sarita Myrtle: June Gentle
Topsy Baskerville: Ina Bullen

Sylvia Archibald: Janet Clay
Dora the dresser: Francesca Hempstead
Doreen the maid: Jane Keidan
Zelda Fenwick: Lauren Baston

Perry Lascoe: David Van Den Bergh
Osgood Meaker: Terry Dabbs
Dr Jevons: Jim Howard
Alan Graham: Jonathan Redding

Director: Cassie Tillett
Stage manager: Selwyn Tillett
Set design: Jo Sessions
Set build: Pete Sessions & Adrian Wenn
Costume: Rowenna Wood
Technical: Chris Jones