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Return to Albion

by The Company(2008)

Opening Night: August 28th 2008

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (studio)

  • Catrin and Ian
  • Susan Chapman and Corina Vermeer
  • Ian Gledhill
  • Norma Izon
  • Catrin Huws
  • Lindsay Blumfield
  • John Daniel Edwards
  • Huw Fox
  • Nick Martin
  • Heather Giles
  • Aiman Awad
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Ian and Norma
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Matt Fullwood
  • David Blumfield
  • Norma Izon
  • John Daniel Edwards
  • Norma and John
  • Catrin Huws
  • Catrin
  • Ian and Norma
  • Norma Izon
  • Susan and Matt
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Sarah Mair Gates and Norma Izon
  • Catrin and Susan
  • Catrin and Susan
  • John Daniel Edwards and Corina Vermeer
  • Corina Vermeer
  • John Daniel Edwards
  • Julie McNicholls
  • Aiman Awad
  • Aiman Awad
  • Catrin Huws and Susan Chapman
  • Norma Izon
  • Susan, Norma and Matt
  • Norma Izon
  • Susan and Norma
  • Susan and Catrin
  • Susan and Catrin
  • Susan and Catrin
  • Matt and Norma
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Matt Fullwood
  • Matt Fullwood and Shelley Iles
  • Matt Fullwood and Shelley Iles
  • Matt Fullwood and Shelley Iles
  • Shelley Iles
  • Ian Gledhill, with David and Lindsay
  • Ian Gledhill, with David and Lindsay
Photographs J. Finnis

About the Play

Return to Albion is set on a fictional railway station somewhere in the middle of England, between 1892 and 2008.

Have you ever sat on a train and wondered what was going on the the person's life who was sitting opposite you? You may well have done the same thing in a station bar. You may hear snapshots of their conversation. Essentially, they are a strange who you will never see again. Much of Return to Albion puts you, the audience, into that kind of situation. You will see many characters this evening, yet you will only get snapshots of their lives. In some caes, you will get clues about where they have come from and where may be going, but much of the time you are free to decide what might happen to them next.

Indeed, a railway station can tell many stories but only based on the "brief encounter" (really sorry about that) it has with its visitors. So, if you have made up stories about the tall guy with a laptop, eating a BLT on a Pendolino bound for Liverpool Lime Street, then you can do the same with the people you encounter tonight. Therefore, we deliberately don't give you all the pieces to the jigsaw!

Return to Albion has been an interesting experiment for the company. I came up with the original idea and the cast created characters, biographies and scenarios. The timeline spans 106 years but the place is always the same. Some characters are constant throughout. Cyril is a semi-narrator and the busker appears as the same character throughout but in different ages.

Working on this piece has been a fascinating experience and I am happy to state that as I am from a railway family, I have finally directed a play set on a railway station!

Finally, many thanks to Rhys and Anne who weren't able to perform but have made a big contribution to the script.

- David Blumfield, August 2008.

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Lucas (first night only) Aiman Awad
Vic Burrows, Marellus, Jim David Blumfield
Annie Burrows Lindsay Blumfield
Alice, Jackie Susan Chapman
Mr Hapenstall, Mr Johnson, Bryn, Idris John Daniel Edwards
The Amazing Barry Jim Finnis
Hitch Hiker, Pilgrim in a Strange Land Huw Fox
Samuel, Sam, Sammy, Ben Matt Fullwood
Margot, Becky, Graceless Grace Sarah Mair Gates
Valerie Heather Giles
The Busker Ian Gledhill
"Cyril" Hapenstall, Kayleigh Catrin Fflûr Huws
Samantha Shelley Iles
Lily Cooper, Mary Davies, Frances Pilkington-Lacey Norma Izon
Pvt. James Harper Nick Martin
Station Announcer Julie McNicholls
Nel Corina Vermeer
 
Sound Design David Blumfield
Director David Blumfield
Original Music John Daniel Edwards
Assistant Director Sarah Mair Gates
Original Music Ian Gledhill
Stage Manager Shelley Iles
Original Music Norma Izon
Original Music Rhys Kelly
Set Design Peter Lochery
 
Script Consultant Anne Hayes
Script Consultant Rhys Kelly
Script Consultant (Station Announcer's Monologue) Paddy Cooper