THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS 

Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

 58th Production

 

Point of Departure

 

By Jean Anouilh


5th-8th May 1965

Cast

Orpheus

Father

 M. Henri

 Cashier

 Station Waiter

 Eurydice

 Mother

 Vincent

 Mathias

 1st Girl

 2nd Girl

 Molac

 Manager

 Hotel Waiter

Clerk

David Mann

Albert Morton

Anthony Bridgewater

Doreen Sutton

Philip Thomas

Pauline Clayton

Joan Brown

Nigel Shaw

Carl Brickwood

Loretta Thompson

Margaret Williamson

Jim Gray

Martin Palmer

David Elford

Christopher Brewer

Production Team

Director

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers

 

 

Costumes

Lighting

Properties

Sound

Settings designed by

Settings built and painted by

Licensee for the Scunthorpe Corporation

Theatre Manager for the Scunthorpe Corporation

House Manager for The Hospital Players

Philip Thomas

Margaret Williamson

Robert Bradshaw

Clarice Coley

Barbara Swaby

Phyllis Dadd

Peter Akehurst

Barbara Swaby

Carl Brickwood

Ivan Clayton

The Hospital Players

R. G. Roberts

D. Dalton

Mavis Ellin

Programme Notes

Director's Notes

The myth upon which the present production is based is as follows –

 

Orpheus was the most famous poet and musician who ever lived. Apollo presented him with a lyre, and the Muses taught him its use, so that he enchanted all who heard his music. Eurydice was attracted by his music and he married her. One day, Aristaeus attempted to rape Eurydice and in running away she was bitten by a serpent and died. Orpheus was distraught, but succeeded in charming his way into Hades and gained permission to return with his wife to the world, provided that he did not look at her until they were back in the sunlight. Orpheus failed and Eurydice went back to Hades leaving him alone and once more distraught. He wandered alone through the countryside playing his lyre until he was torn to pieces by the Maenads, with whom he refused to dance.

Publicity

Letter written to local theatre patrons and voluntary organisations


As you may have seen in the local press, we have decided to change our programme for our final play of the season at the Civic Theatre, Laneham Street. We felt that to produce 'Serjeant Musgrave's Dance' as an immediate follow-up to 'Journey's End' was possibly to play variations on a similar theme.


Consequently our presentation will be 'Point of Departure' by Jean Anouilh and this will be given at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, May 6th to 8th. The Theatre's 'birthday' coincides with our first night on Wednesday, May 5th and because of this that night's performance will begin at 10 p.m. with an invited audience.


Jean Anouilh is a French dramatist and this play is a modern-day application of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. You will probably recall that Orpheus was the young man with a lute who fell in love with Eurydice. When she died, he charmed his way into Hades with his music and was allowed to bring Eurydice back to life with him provided he did not look at her on the journey. But he did look and he lost Eurydice.


Anouilh uses this theme to say things about life and death but basically this is a love story. He presents us with a picture of two young people who love each other. He then asks whether their love can ever be strong enough to triumph over the forces of envy, greed and malevolence conspiring to convince them that love is not as they know it to be, but merely a question of sordid and transient passion. The ending of the play is conclusive as regards the action, but we are left to decide whether it can be called happy or sad.


We are of course always glad of support for the Theatre in general and our productions in particular and we should be grateful if you or your members - either as individuals or in parties - would come to this play. Tickets are available at the Central Library or the Theatre itself in the week prior to the production. Alternatively, booking arrangements may be made through our Chairman, Miss Mavis Ellin.