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The Elephant Man

June 11, 2018

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.

 

CAST

 

John Merrick

Michael Fenemore

 

Frederick Treves

Blake Stringer

 

F.C. Carr Gomm / Scottish Gentleman

Phillip Stephenson

 

Ross / Lord John / Will

Tony Clayton

 

Bishop Walsham How / Snork / Pinhead Manager / English Policeman

Laurie Jezard

 

Mrs Kendal / 1st Pinhead / Day Nurse

Kellie Bray

 

Nurse Sandwich / 2nd Pinhead / Princess Alexandra

Donna Cleverley

 

Duchess / 3rd Pinhead / Nurse Ireland / Flower girl

Anna Ruth Laird

 

Belgian Policeman / Orderly / Businessman

Aaron Milroy

 

Belgian Policeman / The town fool / Doctor / Waiter / Orderly

Darren Amor

 

Flaneur

Marion Armitage

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director:

Chris Shaw

 

Production Manager:

Angela Glennie

 

Set Design:

Chris Shaw

 

Lighting Design:

Robin Le Blond

 

Sound and Visual Design:

Chris Shaw

 

Wardrobe:

Sylvia CarrMargaret Bayley and Maria Smedes

 

Stage Manager:

Janet Francis

 

Stage Assistants:

Marion Armitage, Steve Tanner, Aaron Milroy and Jeremy Brown

 

Lighting Operator:

Tyler Ennis

 

Sound & Visual Operator:

Daniel Koster

 

Properties:

Chris Shaw

 

Set Construction:

Les Wallis, Luc Hermans, Ernie Hicks, Ray Bell, Keith Boulton and Steve Nichols

 

Set Painters:

Emily Carter & Alexandra Carter, Tanya Burton, Meagan Burton & Stephen Burton, Angela Glennie & Paul Glennie, Maria Fleming and Chris Shaw
 

Publicity:

Emily Carter

 

Web page:

Laurie Bell

 

Promotional Video:

Regan Wood

 

Photography:

Alexandra Carter

 

Program Design:

Nicholas Ryan

 

Program Printing:

Snap Printing, Lilydale

 

Office Administration:

John Martin

 

Box Office & Administration

Anne Rogers-Davidson

 

Front of House Manager

Lesley Bailey

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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