“Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes”
Song of Solomon
Little foxes have lived in all times, in all places. This family happens to live in the Deep South in 1900.
Addie – Sue Tugby
Cal – Julie Gormley
Birdie Hubbard – Rosemary Phillips
Oscar Hubbard – Derek Chaplin
Leo Hubbard – Andrew Bigglestone
Regina Giddens – Ann Smith
William Marshall – Ian Gane
Benjamin Hubbard – Alistair Morris
Alexandra Giddens – Julie Sadler
Horace Giddens – Trevor King
Directed by Ray Archer
Lighting Designed by Pete Lilley
Assisted by Jim Houlding
Stage Manager – Christine King
Assistant Stage Managers – Sally Merian, Patricia Norris, Keith Stanley, Jeanette Stanley, Jennifer Floyd, Irene Hines, Kathryn King, Debbie Lilley, Barry Imms & Elizabeth Morris
Continuity – Tracey Buchan
Publicity – kathryn King & Irene Hines
Worcester Evening News Review – 15th May 1991 – “The Little Foxes” – Lillian Hellman – Swan Theatre, Worcester“Foxes” is a winner
It takes courage for an amateur group to tackle something different, especially a sustained drama like Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”.
St John’s Players have the advantage of a powerful performance by Ann Smith in the leading role to carry them through this week’s production at the Swan Theatre. As the ambitious and devious Regina, she is well supported by other female members of the cast: Rosemary Phillps as Birdie and Julie Sadler as Alexandra, with smaller parts by Sue Tugby and Julie Gormley.
There is an energetic contribution from new-comer Andrew Bigglestone and some good characterisation from Alistair Morris although marred by the need for prompting at last night’s opening performance.
Although the play is set in the American Deep South, it was wisely decided ot to attempt the Southern dialect.
The production has an attractive set designed by Trevor King and director Ray Archer, with excellent lighting by Pete Lilley.
Birmingham Evening Mail Review – 15th May 1991 – “The Little Foxes” – Lillian Hellman – Swan Theatre, WorcesterFeuding without an accent
Lillian Hellman’s story of family feuding in the Deep South draws a pleasing response from its cast.
There were times on the first night when more pace and certainty were required, but Ray Archer’s production is generally a confident one.
There is a performance of quiet dignity from Trevor King (Horace); and Rosemary Phillips (Birdie) graduates convincingly from her insipient down-trodden role.
The decision not to tackle the Southern accent proves perfectly acceptable after an initial sense of disorientation.
The production runs until Saturday.