A Cuckoo In The Nest: June 1981
By Ben Travers
A happy conclusion at Little Theatre
Sheringham Players show just how wrong one can be in jumping to conclusions with their production this week "A Cuckoo In The Nest" at Sheringham's Little Theatre.
Mrs. Bone (Peggy Francis) seems set to convince her daughter Barbara (Pauline Page) that her husband has been unfaithful. John Nash, as her husband, Peter Wykeham, conveys perfectly the dry humour of a man with mother-in-law problems.
His innocent night spent in the bedroom of Mrs. Marguerite Hickett (Sandy Roper) can only lead to an embarrassing situation when the audience wonders if Barbara will ever find out the truth.
Meanwhile, John Meikle plays the humorous but henpecked Major George Bone, who cannot get a word in edgeways when his wife or daughter are about.
Adding to the confusion are the Rev. Cathcart Sloley-Jones (Hugh Shewell), complete with overalls, checked cap, bicycle clips and dog collar, and Mrs. Stoker (Dot Swift), the interfering landlady.
Alfred (Ned Seago) and Gladys (Sue Dickens), the barman and maid at the pub where most of the action takes place, play most convincingly a couple of half-witted yokels.
"A Cuckoo In The Nest" runs until Saturday and is produced by June Cooper.
Scroll down for photos, cast and crew.
|Cast (in order of appearance)||Backstage|
|Rawlins, maid at the Wykeham's flat: Karen Cross||Producer: June Cooper|
|Mrs. Bone: Peggy Francis||Assistant Producer: George Edwards|
|Major George Bone: John Meikle||Set Design: June Cooper|
|Barbara Wykeham: Pauline Page||Set Construction: members of the Players|
|Gladys, maid at the Stag and Hunt: Sue Dickens||Stage Manager: Karen Cross|
|Arthur, barman at the Stag and Hunt: Ned Seago||Assistant Stage Manager: Eve Turner|
|Marguerite Hickett: Sandy Roper||Wardrobe: Barbara Meikle|
|Bertie: Bertie Cooper||Electrician: John Avery|
|Peter Wykeham: John Nash|
|Noony, a villager: George Edwards|
|Mrs. Spoker, landlady of the Stag and Hunt: Dot Swift|
|Rev. Cathcart Sloley-Jones: Hugh Shewell|
|Claude Hickett M.P.: Tom Jyump|
|Chauffeur: Eric Swift|