Quartermaine's Terms
by Simon Gray
31st January - 7th February 1998
~ Directed by Philip Sheail ~

Gray's play takes place over a period of two years in the 1960s in the staffroom at a Cambridge school for teaching English to foreigners. It deals with the interrelationship between seven teachers at the school, in particular that between St John Quartermaine and the others.

The dominant theme is loneliness, and during the course of the play all of the characters experience the trauma of being or feeling alone. Mark’s wife leaves him; Derek, from Hull, finds Cambridge initially unwelcoming; Eddie is ultimately bereaved by the loss of a partner; Anita’s husband is a philanderer; Henry is trapped in a dysfunctional nuclear family and Melanie is similarly trapped caring for a mother whom she despises. Quartermaine is a painfully lonely bachelor, seemingly with no friends other than his colleagues at the school.

Whilst the play is at times highly comic, it has a very serious theme; and the struggles of each character with their own types of loneliness are moving and sad.

David DaviesSt John Quartermaine
Nicky HillAnita Manchip
Graham KilnerMark Sackling
Andy HowellDerek Meadle
David SentonHenry Windscape
Jackie LawnMelanie Garth
Tony Cole-HamiltionEddie Loomis
Betty JanesProduction Secretary
Mark JamesStage Manager
Philip Sheail & The MondaynightersSet
Jocelyn AddisProps & Set Dressing
Carol MonzeglioProps & Set Dressing
Loretta FreemanProps & Set Dressing
Jenny MasonProps & Set Dressing
Gill NewtonWardrobe
Jean WalkerPrompt
Peter StubbsLights
Ashley MunsonSound
Kate FutcherSound