by Siegried Geyer, translated by Harry Graham; producer Harold Hart
March 1950, Orpington Civic Hall
By now the Players were performing under the auspices of the Orpington Drama Group, which appears to have been an umbrella organisation to co-ordinate the activities of the various groups active in the town.
Josef is the valet for Count von Rommer and well trained in the philandering ways of his master. Mistaken for the Count by a maid, Marie, whom he thinks is an aristocrat, Josef shows her a merry time in the Count’s Monte Carlo villa.
The reviewer called it “an obvious comedy” and said “the Players … were better than the play”. Norman Nash, Ellen George and Teddy Hollands were highly praised, as was the set. Perhaps the choice of play was influenced by the BBC broadcast the previous November, giving the audience a chance to watch a show that few would have seen in an age when televisions were rare.