Archives - The Killing of Sister George

by Frank Marcus

Directed by Janet While

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th January 2012 in the Auditorium

The famous comedy about a radio soap star who finds herself written out of the show.

June, nicknamed George, plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. She lives ‘peacefully’ with her roommate Childie, a thirty-something woman. The 1960’s, when the play was written, have a certain resonance to the present-day BBC cost-cutting…

The crux of the play is George finding out that her rôle is going to be killed off by an off-stage car accident. The only part that George could then have is being the voice of a cow in a children’s programme! So there is something to laugh about!

The cast consists of four women, each a multi-layered character. The bullying prima donna is basically insecure. Childie craves affection, but underneath has a domineering streak. And the other two are also complex personalities.

In the behaviour of the characters there is a slight suggestion of lesbianism. A film produced in 1968, four years after the play was written, was so explicit that it was the first film to be given an X certificate. However, the interactions in the play have been interpreted as the playwright’s exploration of the pattern of domination and submission found in gay as well as in straight relationships.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for just £10.

School groups pay only £5 per seat. Teachers interested in booking seats should contact our Education Coordinators Cindy Lawford and Elliot Brown Contact education team to find out about available workshops and talks on the play.

Show Talks

Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks:

  • Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Director Janet While discusses how seriously we should take this comedy.
  • Thursday 26th at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Dr. Cindy Lawford looks at the play’s 1960s lesbianism.
  • Friday 27th after the performance
    Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
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Part of the Barn’s 2011/2012 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Cast

June Buckridge (Sister George)-Carol Monzeglio
Alice ‘Childie’ McNaught-Kate Keith
Mrs Mercy-Victoria Rive
Madame Xenia-Maureen Davies

Creative team

Director-Janet While
Stage Manager-Trevor Watkins
Assistant Stage Manager-Janet Lloyd
Properties & Set-Kris Moore
Wardrobe-Mari-Eli Tyrrell
Lighting-John Cude
Sound-James Rowles
Prompter-Stephanie Dunn
Music-Dan Breeze
Set Design-Eric Farlie
Set Builders-Robert Gill
Roger Eames
Eddie Washington
John Marriott
Agnelo Menezes
Production Secretary-Joan Bird

Performances

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th January 2012

Friday 20th January8.00pm 
Saturday 21st January8.00pm 
Monday 23rd January8.00pm 
Tuesday 24th January8.00pm 
Wednesday 25th January8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Director Janet While discusses how seriously we should take this comedy.
Thursday 26th January8.00pmShow Talk at 7.30pm: Dr. Cindy Lawford looks at the play’s 1960s lesbianism.
Friday 27th January8.00pmShow Talk after the performance: Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.
Saturday 28th January2.30pmMatinée
Saturday 28th January8.00pm 

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