The Lights are Warm and Coloured
by William Norfolk
February 1986
~ Directed by Angela Reiss ~

Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks;When she saw what she had done,She gave her father forty-one.

This play is Set in 1905, it is several years after Lizzie Borden’s trial and aquittal, following the murder of her father and stepmother. She lives with her sister in another house in the same district. One evening she invites a number of players from a visiting touring company for the evening. They re-enact the circumstances of the crime, playing various characters involved.

Later the Bordens receive an unexpected visit from Bridget Sullivan who was their servant at the time of the crime, and a crucial witness. It transpires that afterwards Lizzie gave her a sum of money. Why? To conceal her own guilt? Or was Bridget, in fact, the murderess? No firm conclusions are possible, but as the final curtain suggests, this solution might at least be imaginable

Viv RichardsonLizzie
Susan HitchEmma
Joan CrossleyNance O'Neill
Graham KilnerHenry Webb
Kate JanesAnnie
Ian MillerTom Fuller
Jane StampMaggie
Bridget SullivanPat Steadman