Count Your Blessings
by Ronald Jeans; producer Brian Matthew
5-6 December 1958
A comic play in which a married couple plan to divorce in order to benefit from an inheritance.
Count Your Blessings was a revival for the Players, who had mysteriously ceased operations for two years and returned with a new line-up after 1956’s The Happy Prisoner. Of the old guard, Gladys Hollands and Norman Nash are still in place, but they are the only two of the 13 cast and crew who had been involved with the Society before. Teddy Hollands, the Society’s long-standing star performer, would return for later plays as would others from earlier years, but newcomer Brian Matthew, best known as a radio presenter, has taken the reins of producer (i.e. director) from Eric Hart with his wife Pamela taking the female lead, setting the pattern for the next eight years. Dorothy Freeman makes her debut appearance, with her involvement continuing till the 1970s.
The reviewer said, “The Players … easily upheld the high standard and tradition they built in the immediate post war years and made a welcome return to local amateur dramatics.”