Stringer’s Last Stand

Venue : Woodrush High School

Date : February 1976

Genre : Play

Director

Mike Beamish

Director

Cast

Annie Wilton-Jones

Bessie Stringer

Sybil Parr

Gladys Stringer

Gerry Solomon

Luther Stringer

John Hutton

Bob Carter

Gerry Smith

Jack Harper

Estelle Shutkever

Marjorie Mather

Chris Cruxton

Carol Stringer

Val Archer

Val Archer

Anne Fairchild

Crew

Bob Aldridge

Stage Manager

Andrew Castle

Assistant Stage Manager

Jack Parramore

Assistant Stage Manager

Phil Lett

Assistant Stage Manager

Pam Davey

Assistant Stage Manager

Ivan Castle

Properties

Brenda Castle

Properties

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George Cope

Lighting

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Walter Price

House Management

Irene Price

House Management

Ken Gibbons

Set Design

Crew

Bob Aldridge

Stage Manager

Andrew Castle

Assistant Stage Manager

Jack Parramore

Assistant Stage Manager

Phil Lett

Assistant Stage Manager

Pam Davey

Assistant Stage Manager

Ivan Castle

Properties

Brenda Castle

Properties

George Cope

Lighting

Walter Price

House Management

Irene Price

House Management

Ken Gibbons

Set Design

Production Gallery

Reviews

Wythall Dramatic Society made a change from their usual situation comedies last week when they presented “Stringers Last Stand” by Stan Barstow and Alfred Bradley.

Billed as a "play for an adult audience” it had only a thin plot with success depending on the slick deliverance of dialogue and the members of the cast excelled themselves at bring out all the humour, pathos and drama of the work.

Set in the living-room of a working class-class Yorkshire family, the action revolved around the tensions which built up among the Stringers when the head of the household as found to be having an affair.

Acting honours were almost equally divided between the leading players. Gerry Solomon gave his usual faultless performance as the philandering Luther Stringer while Sybil Parr was Gladys who, while deploring his behaviour was nevertheless reluctant to bring matters to a head by accusing him of his misdemeanours

A newcomer to the society, Annie Wilton-Jones gave an excellent portrayal of daughter Bessie Stringer who with her married sister Marjorie, convincingly played by Estelle Shutkever, set about "bringing the old man to book."

Christine Cruxton as Carol Stinger gave a delightful air of freshness to her role as a young college student.

Supporting "the family" was John Hatton as Bob Carter who started out as the fiancé of one daughter and ended up attached to another, while Val Archer as Mr Stringer’s “lady friend” and Gerry Smith as his factory mate had shorter roles but presented them with confidence and verve.

The play was a compelling mixture of laughter and sadness and its theme was treated with such obvious understanding by the cast that ever its sprinkling of “strong language” gave no offence to an audience which could not fail to appreciate the skilled technique of the artists.

The production was yet another in a long line of successes scored by the society which is now in its 18th season.

Direction was by Mike Beamish with stage management by Bob Aldridge assisted by Andrew Castle, Jack Parramore, Phil Lett and Pamela Davey.

P.K.S., Local Newspaper 1976