25-27 March 1971
The Kentish Times reviewer admired the Players’ attempt to “break with tradition and try out a new formula”, but felt that Priestley’s satire on class and social standing was too wordy and lacking in drama (a criticism that can be levelled at much new theatre from the 60s onwards) to make for a successful amateur production.
We only have the reviewer’s word for it, though it should be pointed out that the Society had been embracing the spirit of the age since the late 60s, trying new work by modern playwrights instead of the clichéd gentle comedies interspersed with a bit of Coward, Wilde and Shakespeare, which characterised the output of many amateur companies at the time.
The programme promises a revival of Noah by André Obey in an outdoor production later in the year, though this seems not to have happened. The Players had previously produced this play – sensibly indoors – in December 1946.