Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens
by Paul Godfrey
17th - 24th April 1999
~ Directed by Betty Janes ~

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Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens is drawn from the life of Benjamin Britten and informed by many personal interviews with the composer's friends and especially his sister Beth. The play has an austere beauty which serves to reveal the humanity of the composer and affords a glance at the ambition of the man. It explores the conflict between his association with W. H. Auden and his partnership with Peter Pears cuminating in the triumphant première of Peter Grimes in 1945. This is neither 'faction' nor drama documentary but a play which resonates beyond its specific characters.

Cast
Stuart HandysidesBenjamin Britten
Mark JamesW.H.Auden
Jo BurnhamBeth Britten
Paul MortonPeter Pears
Shelagh RyanBeata Mayer
Pat LeeOne Of The Chorus
Crew
Jackie ClarkStage Manager
Rosemary ImrothProduction Secretary
Simon LeeLights
Catherine EasterSound
Pat LeeProps
Jean WalkerProps
Shelagh RyanWardrobe
Pam CraikWardrobe
Jean WalkerPrompt
Peter StubbsSet

Photos by Alan Barnes
Review by Andrew Morton