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Early Morning
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Early Morning

by Edward Bond(1968)

Opening Night: March 8th 1996

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Theatre

About the Play

"Early Morning" is a very important play. It was instrumental in the abolition of theatre censorship. The first performance was in 1968 before a "private club" audience at the Royal Court - the play had already been banned by the Lord Chamberlain's office. However, pressure was being applied to Parliament for freedom of speech on the stage, and in September of the same year censorship was abolished. From such a 'backdoor' opening, "Early Morning" went on to win numerous awards. It is a fascinatingly challenging play. It did cause much controversy when it was first produced, and I still believe it is a provocative piece. It is a dreamlike fantasy... but as Bond has stated, "the events in the play are true." At the heart of most of his work is the notion that corruption and greed lead to violence. Just about everything that happens in this play can be seen as a much wider metaphor for 'us and our time.' (Edward Bond in his introduction to Lear.)

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Queen Victoria Lindsay Blumfield
Prince Arthur David Blumfield
Griss Audra Garfield
Florence Nightingale Linda Jones
Len Stuart Jones
Disraeli Paulinda Knight
Doctor Elise Knox-Thomas
Jones Huldah Knox-Thomas
Prince Albert Roy Leett
Prince George Hannah Julia Luard
Gladstone Ian Marsh
Lord Mennings Ian Marsh
Ned Mathew Parri
Officer Liz Reverley
Joyce Liz Reverley
Lord Chamberlain Richard Wagland
Wounded Soldier Roy Leett
Wounded Soldier Richard Wagland
Sound Design David Blumfield
Director David Blumfield
Stage Manager Caroline Clark
Lighting Design Alwyn Evans
Director Ian Marsh
Sound Design Ian Marsh
Assistant Stage Manager David Thornley
Sound Operation David Thornley