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Small Hotel: March 1981

By Rex Frost

'Small Hotel' programme cover

Newspaper review

'Small Hotel' study in deviousness

"Small Hotel", presented at the weekend by Sheringham Players, was a study in deviousness, but of a lighthearted kind.

The central character of the play, by Rex Frost, is a wily old waiter who, through a lifetime of observing the quirks of human nature, has learned how to manage people. Tom Jump, as the waiter, gave a masterly performance.

The play is a gentle comedy, set in the present, and many of the characters are the sort you might expect to find in a small country hotel.

There were traces of first-night nerves, but the Players soon settled into their parts and gave a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

The play was a good example of the fact that it is not essential to have lavish sets, scenes and costumes to make a production a success. The producer was John Meikle.


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Cast (in order of appearance) Backstage
Spencer Crouch, a customer: David Bentley Producer: John Meikle
Gladys Spiller, a customer: Karen Cross Set Construction: John Nash, Paddy Cordon
Mr. Barrington, a customer: John Meikle Props: Eve Turner, Karen Cross
Alan Pryor, the hotel Manager: Martin Braybrooke Prompt: Eve Turner
Albert, the waiter: Tom Jump Electrician: John Avery
Sheila Pryor, Alan's wife: Sandy Roper  
Mr. Finch, company area supervisor: George Edwards  
Mrs Samson-Box, a resident: Frances Bethell  
Effie Rigler, a waitress: Judy Nash  
Mrs. Gammon, the cook: Patricia Booth  
Caroline Mallett, a waitress: Joan Spall  
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