Maskers' Studio Theatreon
20th and 21st October 1999
Tonight’s performance arrives at the end of a long path containing misfortune on both the artistic and technical fronts. Despite these, there has been a determination that ‘the show must go on’. We would ask you, therefore, to forgive any imperfections in the presentation. We are, however, determined to make your evening enjoyable and to see for ourselves, just as Bertha did, that it’s all part of life’s rich pageant.
For expertise, endeavour and help in the fields of production, design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, properties, catering, box-office and house management, our grateful thanks go to; Gill and Graham Buchanan, Sheana Carrington, Helen Davis, Laurie Gee, Laura Jones, David Jupp, Ella Lockett, Jez Minns, Paul Scales, Douglas Shiell, Ken Spencer, Wauter Surerkropp, students of Southampton City College and others.
Also, we thank Goodwood Furniture.
The action takes place in Victoria's house in Westminster. It is late November 1918, the war is over and the tedium of normality is returning.
|Cast (in order of appearance)|
|Miss Dennis (A Manicurist)||Laura Fleming|
|Victoria (A Dear Little Thing)||Alice Haine|
|Taylor (A Nurse/Parlourmaid)||Sarah Lynn|
|Mrs Shutteworth (A Mother-In-Law)||Molly Manns|
|Mr Leicester Paton (A Wrangler)||Derek Leslie|
|Frederick Lowdnes (A Hero)||Steve Bruce|
|William Cardew (Another)||Richard Richardson|
|Mrs Pogson (A Respectable Woman)||Christine Baker|
|Mr A. B. Raham (A Solicitor)||Albie Minns|
|Miss Montmorency (A Maiden Lady)||Marion Westbury|
|Clarence (A Boy)||Richard Walters|
W Somerset Maugham 1874 -1965.
William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris where he lived until he was 10. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and Heidelberg University. While studying medicine at St Thomas’s, London he discovered his talent for writing. He quickly achieved great success as a writer of novels, short stories and plays. During World War I he served as a secret agent in Russia and based his Ashenden spy stories on his experiences.
He married Syde Welicome (the daughter of Thomas Barnardo) in 1916, a year after she had given birth to his child. However, Maugham continued to live with his lover, Gerald Haxton, for the next 30 years. From 1927 until his death he lived in the south of France.
Virginia Woolf, diary entry (11th Nov 1918)
Twenty-five minutes ago the guns went off, announcing peace. A siren hooted on the river. They are hooting still. A few people ran back to look out of the windows. A very cloudy still day, the smoke toppling over heavily towards the east; and that too wearing for a moment a look of something floating, waving, drooping. So far neither bells nor flags, but the wailing of sirens and intermittent guns.
Virginia Woolf, diary entry (15th Nov 1918)
Peace is rapidly dissolving into the light of common day. You can go to London without meeting more than two drunk soldiers; only an occasional crowd blocks the street. But mentally the change is marked too. Instead of feeling that the whole people, willing or not, were concentrated on a single point, one feels now that the whole bunch has burst asunder and flown off with the utmost vigour in different directions. We are once more a nation of individuals.