Hobson’s Choice

by Harold Brighouse

23rd to 25th February 2012 | Lincoln Drill Hall

Our production of Hobson’s Choice at Lincoln Drill Hall was a record-breaker for two reasons: it was our most profitable show since we set up Common Ground in 2001 and we sold more tickets – 542 – than for any of our previous 21 plays!

Su Toogood volunteered to direct one of her favourite plays and all her hard work and dedication paid off, as the production was described by many in the audience as one of the best we have ever staged.

Su and her wardrobe manager Carolyn Jones surpassed themselves again by producing a set of costumes which would have graced a professional show, while stage manager Nick Dunnett worked miracles to design and build a set which provided three different locations and a functioning trapdoor on a budget that was counted in pennies rather than pounds!

As has become customary for Common Ground we welcomed several new members onto the stage: Jose Bruce was excellent as Alice, one of Henry Hobson’s three daughters, Simon Harvey gave a nice cameo as the lawyer Albert Prosser, and Zeph Brown and John Kirsopp entertained in the roles of Fred Beenstock and Timothy Wadlow respectively.

Other parts were played admirably by some of our more seasoned actors, including founder member Vicky Ashberry who excelled in the mammoth role of Maggie, the oldest daughter who upsets the status quo by marrying Hobson’s best bootmaker Will – expertly played by Jason Hippisley. John Leighton brought the right amount of lugubrious humour to the central role of Hobson.

Henry Horatio Hobson John Leighton
Maggie Hobson Vicky Ashberry
Alice Hobson Jose Bruce
Vickey Hobson Holly Eggboro
Albert Prosser Simon Harvey
Mrs Hepworth Ruth Andrews
Timothy Wadlow John Kirsopp
William Mossop Jason Hippisley
Jim Heeler John Beverley
Ada Figgins Lisa Hewitt Smith
Fred Beenstock Zeph Brown
Dr Macfarlane Christopher Adams
Director Su Toogood
Producer Carolyn Jones
Stage Manager Nick Dunnett
Lighting Ed Purle & Chloe Canton
Set design & construction Nick Dunnett, Kevin Brown, Adam Holman,
Gemma Crane & Andrew Simms
Stage crew Nick Dunnett, Kevin Brown, Dave Asher, Lisa Hewitt Smith, Adam Holman, Karen Gerlant, Sasha Drennan, Faye Jones, Andy Nisevic, Rachel Taylor & Emma Taylor
Wardrobe Carolyn Jones, Gemma Crane, Marie Leighton & Su Toogood
Properties Carolyn Jones, Gemma Crane & Faye Jones
Programme Jez Ashberry
Publicity Jez Ashberry
Photography Rob Brookes, Photos4All
Front of House Juli Charlton, Laura Davies, Elaine Howell, Dave Milling,
Ros Roe & Sheila Thomas