The Sea
by Edward Bond
5th - 13th October 2001
~ Directed by David Crook ~

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Set in 1907, the action of the play takes place in a tiny seaside village. It begins with a tempestuous storm and ends in sunlit calm with two young lovers breaking away from an isolated, hierarchical society. This is a harsh world where the weak are savaged by the strong and the strong misuse their power. Mrs. Rafi, a bullying queen bee of the village and her clique of simpering ladies, tramples on everyone's feelings because she feels they expect it, and the local draper, Hatch, a sad, mad little man, full of fears that visitors from outer space are stealing people's brains and replacing them with bits of machinery, are ranged against each other and supported by their own idiosyncratic allies.

This is the second play that David has directed for The Company Of Players. His first was The Trial Of God, performed in October 2000.

Cast
Julia RyanRose Jones
Nick LaycockWilly Carson
Godfrey MarriottEvens
Mark JamesHatch
Ann NeuffLouise Rafe
Jackie LawnJessica Tilehouse
Chris JanesHollarcut
Paul MortonVicar
Steve BeestonThompson
Andy KirtleyCarter
Shelagh RyanMafanwy Price
Claire McCabeJilly
Jackie ClarkRachel
Tony MasonDavis
Crew
tbaStage Manager
Jean WalkerProduction Secretary
Jill DigbyProduction Secretary
Christine McKinvenProps
Jill DigbyProps
Shelagh RyanWardrobe
Pippa MortonPrompt
Ken AllfordLights
Andrew SweeneyLights
Simon LeeLights
Steve BeestonSound
Tony MasonSound

Photos by Steve Beeston Photography
Review by Jack Wood