Comedy by Alan Bennett
Cast and Crew
Mrs Swabb – Sue Tugby
Dennis – Dan Phillips
Dr Wickstead – Barry Imms
Mrs Wickstead – Rosemary Phillips
Canon Throbbing – Trevor King
Constance – Julie Sadler
Mr Shanks – Brian Tait
Worcester Evening News Review – 6th Aug 1993 – “Habeas Corpus” – Alan Bennett – Conquest Theatre, BromyardLaughter galore in unusual farce
This Alan Bennett work is not the usual sort of farce, with rows of doors and beds for people to leap in and out of. There is little scenery or props and the whole thing rests on the skill of the actors to create the right atmosphere. And St John’s Players did just that last night at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, as Bennett’s rib-tickling turn of phrase was given just the right emphasis to evoke guffaws of laughter from the audience.
Sue Tugby as Mrs Swabb the cleaning lady and narrator extraordinary hovered the plot along, lending a friendly ear to Dennis (Dan Phillips) the unlovely hypochondriac son of Dr and Mrs Wickstead (Barry Imms and Rosemary Phillips). Even the problems of the naughty Canon Throbbing (Trevor King) and his hoped-for mate Constance (Julie Sadler) were grist to her cleaner. And she managed to stir up the whole situation by involving Mr Shanks, a personal appliance salesman, played by Brian Tait, making an excellent first appearance for the Players.
There are many unexpected twists and turns to the plot and the audience is kept on its toes keeping abreast of the one-liners achieved by their good timing.
It’s a good production and well worth a visit to Bromyard to see the play which runs tonight and tomorrow.