Gweek Players 22nd – 25th April 2020
Directed by Mandy Rolleston
Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr and Mrs Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives. Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
|Ruth Condomine||Female, Lead|
|Charles Condomine||Male, Lead|
|Elvira Condomine||Female, Lead|
|Dr George Bradman||Male, Supporting|
|Mrs Violet Bradman||Female, Supporting|
|Madame Arcati||Female, Supporting|
Theatre has always been part of my life. At the tender age of 4 years old I was a ‘ruby jewel’ in the pantomime Aladdin directed by my mother, and my sister played Aladdin. All through my growing up years I was either acting or dancing in some form or other. When I moved to Cornwall I became involved in many operatic productions and summer seasons for FAODS, followed by being a producer for Duchy Opera on tour, and treading the boards as well. It was in the early 90s myself and my dear friend Frances Mills formed our own theatre company, PALOS. We had 10 wonderful years of varied productions and venues. Cabaret, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Noises Off and Chorus of Disapproval at Falmouth Arts Centre; Vivat Vivat Regina, Pygmalion, Our Country’s Good at Trelissick Gardens; The Lion in Winter, The Lark in Truro Cathedral for The Three Spires Festival. All this was funded by my credit card! We never made money but always managed to cover our costs. I am not known for doing things by halves and believe in doing things to the very best of our abilities with commitment and most importantly FUN! I look forward to meeting you all and putting on the play Blithe Spirit.