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The 39 Steps

by John Buchan(2005), adapted by Patrick Barlow

Opening Night: February 18th 2014

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (studio)

Photographs © Claire Waterfield of Grey Feather Photography

About the Play

Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan.

Production Notes

In the cast list, (1) indicates that the actor played the role in the Wednesday matinee and Friday evening performances, while (2) indicates that the actor played the role in the Wednesday evening and Thursday evening performances.

Good evening everyone and welcome to “The 39 Steps”. After two successful main house shows in the shape of the classic British sitcom (‘Allo ‘Allo and Hi De Hi) thoughts focused on what do we do next? Certainly not another sitcom. And definitely not another Terry Pratchett. Respect, though!

Murder, mystery and intrigue came to mind. Perhaps an Agatha Christie? Then James suggested “39”. Fab!!...only that it is still a current West End hit. Fortunately, Aber is many miles from London. Indeed, one may well think that this a particularly fortuitous predicament on any day of the week....even more fortuitous when we are considered to be sufficiently distanced from London’s Theatreland for the publishers to grant us the rights to produce this classic tale.

We have continued the notion of self conscious theatricality which the original production maintains. They do it with four actors. We do it in true community style with twenty four plus! I won’t explain all this will soon spot it all. The production is a comic take on Hitchcock’s 1935 classic film with Robert Donat....the remakes are not so good. As always this show has been a joy to work on and we hope you enjoy our take on this great story.

- David Blumfield, February 2014.

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Mr Memory Roger Boyle
Mr McGarrigle Roger Boyle
Sheriff Troy Bradshaw
Commentary Kim Briscoe
Porter Kim Briscoe
Mrs Jordan Caroline Clark
Mrs Higgins Caroline Clark
Mr Dunwoody Bob Cook
Salesman Karin Davies
Window Karin Davies
Richard Hannay (2) Alex Gilbey
Heavy Lynne Hodges
Mrs McGarrigle Norma Izon
Heavy Adrian Jezierski
Policeman Dr Rhys Kelly
Professor Jordan Dr Rhys Kelly
Richard Hannay (1) James Lawbuary
Policeman Rosie Lennox
Commentary Rosie Lennox
Radio Announcer Rosie Lennox
Pamela (2) Georgina Martin
Crofter Lindy Morgan
Compere Darren O'Connell
Door Darren O'Connell
Milkman Darren O'Connell
Pamela (1) Rebecca Parker
Margaret Holly Payne-Strange
Pilot Eva Ramos
Policeman Katherine Smith
Inspector Katherine Smith
Salesman Kate Strachan
Pilot Julia Tello
Paperboy Hebe Tong
Mrs McQuarrie Katrina Williams
Lighting and Audio Kyle Arrowsmith
Director David Blumfield
Wardrobe Karen Evans
Stage Manager Katie Groves-Bond
Properties Katie Groves-Bond
Producer Richard Hull
Sound Operation Sara Joy Lacey
Assistant Stage Manager Siân Spence
Lighting and Audio Barrie Stott
Original Music John Sylvester
Lighting and Audio Gemma Thompson
Set Design Jim Vale
Assistant Director Ryan Woodruff