by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
27th-29th October 2005
Millennium Festival Studio Theatre, Central Methodist Church, Lincoln
Keith Waterhouse’s well known tale of Billy Fisher, the feckless dreamer who escapes from his humdrum life by inventing fantasies and telling lies, was the choice for our autumn 2005 production.
After a successful debut at the Lincoln Drill Hall with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ financial restraints meant a return to the Millennium Festival Studio Theatre in the Central Methodist Church, but we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the audiences we attracted (190 over three nights).
The production was directed by Su Toogood and featured some stalwart Common Ground members, including Jason Hippisley as Billy, Vicky Ashberry as Billy’s mother and a star turn by Sheryl Tribe who aged up about 50 years to play Grandma!
Sadly the Lincoln Chronicle were unable to see the play – the first production of ours they’ve missed! – but the Lincolnshire Echo described the show as a ‘true success’ and said that the suffocating atmosphere of Billy’s home in a northern town in 1960 was ‘well captured’.
|Florence Boothroyd||Sheryl Tribe|
|Alice Fisher||Vicky Ashberry|
|Geoffrey Fisher||Maurice Raphael|
|Billy Fisher||Jason Hippisley|
|Stage manager||Graham Botterill|
|Sound and lighting||Martin Noble|
|Set construction||Edd Simpson, Ian Smith|
|Crew||Carolyn Jones, Jenny Davidson|
|Set||Ian Smith, Graham Botterill, Pat Gregory, Warren Smart, Brhienesh Shiri Mati, Martin Noble and members of the company|
|Front of house||Charles Newby|
|Poster design||Nick Whyatt|