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The Darling Buds of May


H. E. Bates

Directed by: Derek Slater

23, 26-30 May 1998

The lovable, irrepressible Larkin family who live in Kent 'somewhere at the end of the rainbow' made their debut in the novel The Darling Buds of May in 1957 and went on to further delight and beguile audiences both on stage and screen. Pop, who makes a fortune from a variety of deals but has never paid income tax, lives in rural idyllic bliss with generous-hearted Ma and their six children. When a young earnest tax official, MrCharlton, turns up one hot May afternoon in 1957 to investigate, he is bewitched immediately by eldest daughter Mariette and it isn't long before he succumbs to the boisterous Larkin family charm and largesse.
Pop Larkin John Pinfield
Ma Barbara Ritchie
'Charlie' Charlton Julian Wood
Mariette Alison Beswick
Montgomery James Graham
Primrose Gemma Pritchard
Petunia Louise Kelly
Zinnia Gemma Kelly
Victoria Kerry Pritchard
Miss Pilchester Sue Mooney
Pauline Jackson Ruth Taylor
Angela Snow Chris Hall
The Brigadier John Still
Sir George Bluff-Gore Derrick Jones
Lady Bluff-Gore Doris Cocking
Tax Inspector Chris Jorgensson
Stage Manager Duncan Walker
Continuity Margaret Williams
Lighting Cyril Hines
Paul Brady
Sound Gordon Butler
Properties Val Donlan
Marjorie Cox
Barbara Hopkinson
Wardrobe Chris Hall
Jayne Taylor
Joan Heinekey
Set Construction Cyril Hines
John Rowlands
Doreen Brady
Reg Sykes
Alan Churchouse
Norman Whitelam
Scenic Artist Shirley Murray
Programme Design Derek Frith
Production Assistant Brenda Stringer
Our thanks to Chris Bullimore for wigs, and Create Ltd for the loan of the period cooker.