by JB Priestley; producer Frederick Crowest
7, 8, 10 December 1955
After earlier failed attempts, the Players more confidently moved to three shows a year and three shows per play, which, with a few variations, has continued ever since.
Stella Kirby spent nine years running away, leaving home to find her freedom as an actress. Now she has decided that the only role left to play is the prodigal daughter returned, hoping to rediscover herself in the familiar surroundings of her childhood home, Eden End. Here she is reunited with her widower father – a doctor who settled for comfort over ambition – her spinster sister Lilian – who stayed home to look after mother – and her brother Wilfred. The play is set in 1912, marking the approaching end of an era.
Frederick Crowest, a new name in the Players’ annals, produces (i.e. directs) and takes a major role.
Wilfred – Freddie Crowest
Sarah – Flo Pierpoint
Lilian – Gladys Hollands
Dr Kirby – Bill Loraine
Stella – Ellen George
Geoffrey Farrant – Jim Roope
Charles Appleby – Teddy Hollands