It all came together in the end
IT is often said that the course of true love rarely runs smoothly.
It could equally be said of an am-dram production – certainly where Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society (TODS) is concerned.
There were medical emergencies, a grand-daughter’s birth, special birthdays, diary clashes and the usual dearth of helpers to move stuff and build the set.
However, it all came together in the end.
The set was just the job thanks to Raymond Crawford, Bob Percival, John Sewell, Michael Patrick, Julia Jessett, Iris Scandrett and Eileen McClelland.
The play itself had all the qualities that the producers had been looking for – a strong story with well-drawn characters and enough interest to hold the audience’s attention.
Fiona Murch (Edith), who had a mountain of lines to learn and a gamut of emotions to portray, gave a wholly assured, mature and believable performance.
Also giving a formidable per- formance was Sophie West as Anna.
The mental picture one has of a successful Victorian businessman was realised well by Ian Klemen as Arthur, Edith’s misunderstanding and misunderstood husband.
Angela Patrick as Arthur’s adoring sister Letty held the household together, attempting to understand and smooth the way for both Edith and Arthur.
Angela played the role beautifully, keeping a balance throughout the play.
The young barrister, Charles, was played convincingly by Rhys Bennett.
As a first time actor with TODS, Georgia Gethin as Sarah made an excellent maid.
A great help with costumes came from new member Milli- cent Thorneycroft and dressers Sally Klemen and Gillian Davis.
The stage team of Iris Scandrett, Julia Jessett and Olive Neal ensured that the performances ran smoothly.
John Sewell once again set up and operated the lighting and sound in his usual unflappable way. Jackie Whiles and her many helpers ran the front of house.
Brian Fagg, co-producer