The Darling Buds of May

Our Spring show for 2013 was announced as “The Darling Buds of May” based on the novel by H. E. Bates.

The play is adapted for the stage by H. E. Bates himself and is known for the TV series of the 1990’s which kickstarted Catherine Zeta-Jones’ career.

STORY
The key characters in the show, based on the first novel, are Sidney Charles “Pop” Larkin, Florence “Ma” Larkin, who are unmarried, their eldest daughter Mariette, and tax collector Cedric Charlton, who is renamed Charley by the Larkins.

Charley arrives at the beginning of the first episode to get Pop Larkin to fill in his tax forms. He is distracted when he falls in love with Mariette Larkin at first sight, and the Larkins distract him further by attempting to teach him to play crib and getting him drunk.

In spite of a hangover the next day, he becomes captivated by the idyllic country life led by the Larkins, and ends up a member of the family.

WHEN AND WHERE
14th, 15th & 16th March, 2013 at Victoria Hall from 19:30

CAST

POP LARKIN Tony Saxby
MA LARKIN Alex Rolle
MARIETTE LARKIN Elyssa Dean
CEDRIC “CHARLEY” CHARLTON Danny Hurley
MONTGOMERY LARKIN Matthew Watson
PRIMROSE LARKIN Scarlett Turner
PETUNIA LARKIN Lucy Thompson
ZINNIA LARKIN Jasra Udin
VICTORIA LARKIN Charlotte Fallart
THE BRIGADIER GENERAL Daniel Goode
EDITH PILCHESTER Pam Hallesy
TAX INSPECTOR Gavin Williams
PAULINE JACKSON Ebony Tomkinson
ANGELA SNOW Kirsty Page
SIR GEORGE BLUFF-GORE Nigel Fruin
LADY BLUFF-GORE Chris Galvin

BEHIND THE SCENES

Director Kat Rooke
Production Assistant Deborah King
Stage Manager Brad Boxall
Sound Michelle Middleton
Lighting Graham Rolle
Stage Crew Nigel Fruin
Props Doreen Boxall & Chris Galvin
Set Design & Construction Alan Shields
Box Office Helen Fruin
Front of House Sue Goode & Friends of EHOS