Small Hotel: March 1981
By Rex Frost
'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.
Scroll down for photos, cast and crew.
|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|