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, while the Harts are still represented with David Hart credited as ‘Electrician’. Teddy Hollands, the Society’s long-standing star performer, would return for later plays, but newcomer Brian Matthew has taken the reins of producer from Eric Hart with Pamela Matthew taking a leading role, setting the scene for the next few 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.”