The Norbury Theatre, Droitwich (1990)
Adapted by Frank Harvey. Based on the short Story “On the Western Circuit” by Thomas Hardy.
Good evening and welcome to our first production of the new decade. It was love at first sight for the group when we read the play which is so well written that it was a joy to rehearse. It is difficult to know with which character you most sympathise as each in their own way has a sadness and although the play is set in the late 19th Century their stories could be the same today.
Arthur Harnham – Barry Imms
Letty Harnham – Ann Smith
Edith Harnham – Rosemary Phillips
Sarah (The Maid) – Julie Gormley
Anna (The Maid) – Julie Sadler
Charles Bradford – Tony Elliott
Stage Manager – Christine King
Deputy Stage Managers – Sally Merian & Ray Archer
Assistants to Stage Managers – David Leedham, Jo Lee, Angela harris, Jim houlding, Keith Stanley, Robert Hughes, Sonia Alexander, Debbie Lilley, Jeanette Stanley & Manjit Leedham
Continuity – Sue Tugby
Properties – Sue Nevitt
Publicity – Kathryn King & Irene Hines
Lighting & Sound – Pete Lilley & Glyn Cording
Set Design – Trevor King
Set Construction by The Group
Directed by Patricia Norris
Worcester Evening News Review February 1990 – “The Day After the Fair” – Frank Harvey –Norbury Theatre, DroitwichMaking light of Hardy work
Thomas Hardy’s book about the disappointments of life and love is not the easiest to translate on to the stage. But Worcester’s St John’s Players gave us a production of “The Day After the Fair” at the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich, which was lively, well-timed and funny.
The tale of the unhappy Edith Harnham (Rosemary Phillips) carrying on a love-affair by letter for her maid Anna (Julie Sadler) takes on a piquant irony when the young barrister Charles Bradford (Tony Elliot), marries Anna believing her to be both literate and poetic.
Strong performances from Barry Imms as Arthur Harnham, Edith’s self-obsessed husband as well as the two maids, Anna and Sarah (Julie Gormley), hold together a difficult play incorporating all of Hardy’s subtleties of speech and plot.