When We Are Married - March 1997

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When We Are Married - March 1997 Empty When We Are Married - March 1997

Post  Mike B on Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:27 am

When We Are Married, By J.B. Priestley.
Hoghton Village Hall, 6th-8th March 1997

John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was pre-eminently a dramatist and a novelist. Many of his works have become 20th century literary classics, among them 'The Good Companions', 'Angel Pavement', 'Lost Empires', 'When We are Married', 'An Inspector Calls' and 'Time and the Conways'. But he was undoubtedly the most versatile writer of his time, producing essays, short stories, verse, literary criticism, social histories, travel books and film scripts, as well as an opera libretto and an autobiography. He was also a practitioner in, and an enthusiast for, painting and music.

Away from the arts Priestley played many roles as a political activist and commentator; a campaigner for nuclear disarmament and public lending right; a cultural ambassador; and a student of time and of dreams. He once, memorably, became an actor in one of his own plays and stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the 1945 General Election. It may be argued that in literary, social and political terms he was very much 'a man for all seasons'.

Written in 1938, the play centres around Alderman & Mrs Helliwell, Councillor & Mrs Parker and Mr & Mrs Soppitt, three couples all celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. The festivities end abruptly when Gerald Forbes, the church organist, announces that the couples were not actually married at all as the Parson who married them was not, in fact, authorised to do so.

Their problems didn't end there though.

The arrival of the Mayor, the housekeeper, a vicar, a newspaper reporter and a drunken photographer all add greatly to the confusion. The mayhem is completed when a barmaid by the name of Lottie arrives with claims that Alderman Helliwell had promised to marry her when they had a dalliance in Blackpool.

However, as in all good farces, everything eventually worked out well.

The couples discover that although the Parson hadn't married them, the registrar had and they were.


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Director/Producer - Paul Heyworth

Ruby Birtle - Claire Heyworth Gerald Forbes - Michael Broadbent Mrs Northrop - Margaret Jones Nancy Holmes - Heidi Metcalfe

Fred Dyson - Graham Brindle Henry Ormonroyd - Russell Atkinson Alderman Joseph Helliwell - Harold Eastham Maria Helliwell - Susan McKno

Councillor Albert Parker - Jeff Berry Herbert Soppitt - Ian Murray Clara Soppitt - Joanne Ingham Annie Parker - Jane Collyer Lottie Grady - Millie Goodenough


Prompt - Barbara Williams Stage Manager/Props - Duncan McKno, Sylvia Atkinson Make up & Hair - Millie Santus

Set design & construction - Norman Goodenough, Anne Wilmer, Gill Watson Lighting - Paul Santus Sound - Bill Nuttall


“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn\'t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?” - Winnie The Pooh
Mike B
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