Season 2 2018: 24 May to 9 June 2018
(Matinees Sun 27 May, Sun 3 June and Sat 9 June.)
The Elephant Man A play by Bernard Pomerance, Directed by Chris Shaw.
By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd
This is the true story of an orphan named John Merrick, who was so physically deformed that he became known as the “Elephant Man.” Despite his hideous deformities, Merrick was an incredibly sweet, sensitive and intelligent human being, forced to display himself as a “sideshow freak” in travelling shows. He is found, and befriended, by a brilliant surgeon, who gives him a home in a London hospital for the remaining few years of his life. There he becomes the toast of Victorian London’s high society, but his thirst for normality brings about his eventual demise. A thoroughly moving and thoughtful play, which addresses the simple issue of what it means to be human.
“Congratulations on an excellent production. We have been subscribers for a few years and always enjoy your performances. However this one stood out for the acting, particularly of the main characters, the handling of the complex social and emotional issues and the quality of the costumes and sets.” -Season Ticket Holders.
F.C. Carr Gomm / Scottish Gentleman
Ross / Lord John / Will
Bishop Walsham How / Snork / Pinhead Manager / English Policeman
Mrs Kendal / 1st Pinhead / Day Nurse
Nurse Sandwich / 2nd Pinhead / Princess Alexandra
Duchess / 3rd Pinhead / Nurse Ireland / Flower girl
Anna Ruth Laird
Belgian Policeman / Orderly / Businessman
Belgian Policeman / The town fool / Doctor / Waiter / Orderly
Robin Le Blond
Sound and Visual Design:
Sylvia Carr, Margaret Bayley and Maria Smedes
Marion Armitage, Steve Tanner, Aaron Milroy and Jeremy Brown
Sound & Visual Operator:
Les Wallis, Luc Hermans, Ernie Hicks, Ray Bell, Keith Boulton and Steve Nichols
Emily Carter & Alexandra Carter, Tanya Burton, Meagan Burton & Stephen Burton, Angela Glennie & Paul Glennie, Maria Fleming and Chris Shaw
Snap Printing, Lilydale
Box Office & Administration
Front of House Manager
Assisted by Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Volunteers
Acknowledgements: Heidelberg Theatre Company for the loan of costumes. Harry Milward for designing and making of the hood and cloak.