by Ian Hay & Stephen King-Hall, produced by Eric Hart
We know little about The Middle Watch, other than that it was the Players’ third performance, in February 1939, and was successful enough to encourage the more ambitious Hassan five months later.
With the Society still lacking a permanent home, the play was put on at the Crofton Halls and produced by Eric Hart. A curiously pompous review by one ‘FPR’ in an unidentified local paper (see below) seemed more concerned with the application of asterisks to theatre reviews than what was happening before his eyes, and probably left the director and cast (or ‘caste’ as he preferred to spell it) wondering ‘but what did you actually think?’
Without doubt this would seem a quaint and possibly insulting farce to modern eyes, but for its time, when most of the audience would have never met anyone from outside the British Isles, it would have been a diverting evening’s entertainment. The reviewer in a rare moment of clarity described it as “a good result”.