The Company of Players (CoPs) - Hertford

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Company of Players - No Image Available
Season: 1997-1998
31st January – 7th February 1998 at 8pm Quartermaine's Terms
By Simon Gray  
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 ar

CAST

St John Quartermaine
Anita Manchip
Mark Sackling
Derek Meadle
Henry Windscape
Melanie Garth
Eddie Loomis

CREATIVE TEAM

COMING UP...

By Charles Dickens
29th November – 7th December 2024
By Henrik Ibsen
7th – 15th February 2025
By Laura Wade
4th – 12th April 2025

DON’T FORGET

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION