The College production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (by William Shakespeare) was performed in December 1975.
We have a copy of the complete programme including the full cast list, along with a review and photo.
The play was directed by Roger Hoyes, assisted by Martin R Pratt (College Tuck Shop duties permitting); with design by Elizabeth Walsh. Costumes were by Sue Bradbury, Elizabeth Walsh, Tatsi Macaire and Sheila Walker.
One of your Editors remembers that during one of the performances, Mr Robin (“Plug”) Burns’ false beard became detached and he continued his performance by holding the false beard to his chin with one of his hands!
“CONGRATULATIONS come easily, admiration less so. In the case of Farnham College’s production over several nights ending Saturday [20 December 1975], of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter's Tale”, both apply.
Where dramatics of a high calibre are concerned, the College is setting a telling pace. After “Oh What a Lovely War”, with all its peculiar demands on talent that is keen, alert yet essentially “immature”, supporters of the school’s productions had no doubt at all about the likely quality of subsequent efforts.
“Winter’s Tale”, so utterly different, might have damaged the reputation. Indeed, with many and varied problems still nagging up to the last minute, the opening nights was a rather awesome thought for most.
THE PHOTO shows Florizel (Andrew Baker) and Perdita (Amanda Skeggs) in the College production of “The Winter’s Tale”. Photo: Peter Stevens, Farnham College
Whether the much-
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As Leontes so wisely put it, “There’s magic in thy majesty”. Her dignity and poise were perfect for the role and Mr Hoyes’s cunning in offering a staff-
On the student side, Nick Gregory gobbled up is part as the Old Shepherd; his ease and wit were cunningly in tune with his slight stoop and his heavily powdered hair and beard. Having introduced the usual Will Shakespeare interlude of humour into the proceedings, we were in for another memorable performance when Michael Ackroyd took a bow in the comely shape of the rogue Autolycus.
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Amanda Skeggs was a very sweet Perdita, David Phelan well handled his drift into middle-
Anthony Baines was an enjoyable Antigonus before he encountered John Swayne in bear costume; Anne Sayers and Heather Webb made themselves felt ... David Price, Steve Eyres, Stuart Bailey (doubling up!), Alison Porter, Harriet Walsh, Carolyn Rynish, Helen French, Alison Ward and Jonathan Lindh added round contributions.
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The last named group included “Time” -
Costumes ere excellent and “stagecraft” effective in its simplicity. A lot of other credits -
Such was the compelling intimacy of this production.”
Mike Mehta has provided this colour photo of a pre-