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14th – 19th MAY 2012

Leicester Drama Society production number 1012

FORTHCOMING productionS… 14TH - 16TH JUNE 2012



Directed by Paul Phillips Musical direction by James Harrison


25TH - 30TH JUNE 2012 Directed by John Ragg RIPPING COMEDY


Music by George Stiles. Book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. DOVER STREET, LEICESTER, LE1 6PW BOX OFFICE - 0116 255 1302 / WWW.THELITTLETHEATRE.NET

14th - 16th June


25th - 30th June

Box Office Telephone: 0116 255 1302 Online:

contents DIRECTOR’S NOTES INTRODUCING 3 NEW FACES IN Rehearsal The Forsyte Family Tree Characters in the play COMPANY SYNOPSIS FOR THIS PRODUCtion For all LDS Productions The Little Theatre Facilities Hire Costume Hire UPPER FOYER EXHIBITION

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thank you The Leicester Drama Society is very grateful to the following organisations and individuals for their generosity through sponsorship and support. For further details of how individuals and companies can sponsor the work of The Little Theatre please contact Philip Royley, Theatre Manager on 0116 2542266 or by email at

Friends of The Little Theatre: Mr. & Mrs. B. Alcock Mr. G. Austen Mrs. Audrey Brown Mr. & Mrs. P.W. Freer Mr. E.R. Gray Mr.P. McCarron Mrs. Jenny and Mr. Brian Page Mrs. H. Robson Mr Paul Southwood Mr. & Mrs. D. Statham Mrs. Lavinia Venable and Mr. Len Minor

Sponsors: Dominoes & Loughborough Endowed Schools

Box Office - 0116 255 1302


Director’s NOTES John Galsworthy was born on 14th August 1867 into the wealthy family of lawyer and businessman John Galsworthy and his wife Blanche. He was well educated at Harrow and Oxford and became a lawyer, like his father before him. However under the excuse of studying maritime law and learning the ins and outs of the family’s shipping business, he set out in 1890 to travel abroad and widen his horizons. During this time he became inspired by the people he met to become a writer. On returning to England gave up his law career to follow his new passion, under an alias of John Sinjohn, so as not to be mistaken for his own father. When his father died in 1904 he began to write under his own name. Shortly after his father’s death he married Ada Nemesis Pearson Cooper, the newly divorced ex-wife of his cousin. Allegedly she had been dissatisfied with the small-minded, acquisitive attitude of her previous


husband, and this inspired Galsworthy to write a set of novels lampooning the bourgeois attitudes of his own upper middle class contemporaries. Thus The Forsyte Saga was born. It came as a surprise to me to learn that this saga had been written as a satirical comedy, but those of you who have read the novels will know that this is so. So with a background in law and from a wealthy family with wide ranging business interests, married to a divorced woman and with a keen sense of irony, Galsworthy set out to write the famous saga encompassing all these things into a tragi-comic story of Soames and Irene Forsyte. He himself says that he “pitied Soames, the tragedy of whose life is the very simple uncontrollable tragedy of being unlovable, without quite a thick enough skin to be thoroughly unconscious of the fact”.

People over the years have disagreed as to whom they feel most sorry for in this ill matched couple whose disastrous marriage affects the lives of generations of one family. Galsworthy himself says of this, that in “taking sides, they lose perception of the simple truth, which underlies the whole story, that where sexual attraction is utterly and definitely lacking in one partner to a union, no amount of pity, or reason, or duty, or what not, can overcome a repulsion implicit in nature. Whether it ought to, or no, is beside the point; because in fact it never does”. Well the jury is out even amongst the cast of this adaptation of the novel.

Well time moves on and we have introduced the tale to the younger members of the production who have never heard of it! How old does that make one feel?! However the story is as fresh and true today as it ever was, and no doubt you will take sides once again. We have loved bringing this Saga to the stage and we all hope that you enjoy it as much as we have. Nadine Beasley Director

“In England today there is no more charming and instructive sight than an upper middle class family in full plumage. This particular family is called Forsyte and they live in Park Lane. Indeed all the Forsytes live around the park. It’s fashionable, it’s convenient and property values there continue to rise steadily.” So began the first Television adaptation, the words spoken so delightfully by Kenneth More. It brings back fond memories, because people were so fascinated by it that Evensong in numerous churches throughout England was put forward an hour so that the congregation could get home to watch it! That was good news for a reluctant chorister wanting to go out with friends!



3 new faces We are delighted that three very talented newcomers have chosen to make their LDS acting debuts in The Forsyte Saga.


Emily-Rose Goddard Emily is from Leicestershire and has always enjoyed performing, both music and theatre. She played the oboe with many of Leicestershire’s county orchestras and latterly at University with their Philharmonic and Sinfonia Orchestras and a Baroque Ensemble. She also learned to play the balalaika whilst studying in Russia. Her introduction to acting started at school, where she performed in Sleeping Beauty and Oliver! She also tried her hand backstage as props for Macbeth, but treading the boards is where her heart lies, so she is delighted to be involved in such a lovely play and can’t wait to wear the wonderful costumes. She is loving being part of the Forsyte company, and is also looking forward to her next venture – watch out for her in Daisy Pulls It Off here at the Little next month.

Andy Bewley

Gina Walker

Andy’s mother was an opera singer, and Andy followed in her footsteps, taking singing lessons at the age of sixteen. He was Mr Bumble in his school’s production of Oliver! and he went on to study Musical Theatre at the Oxford School of Drama, where he was cast as John in Dennis Kelly’s DNA. He has also done regular radio work for Radio Leicester as well as developing a couple of plays. Andy is currently deciding whether or not to attend University or drama school, and in the meantime he is happy to have found The Little Theatre so welcoming. He said that he has met some of the most friendly and talented people since he has been here. He will be joining many of them on the stage this week.

Gina joined Leicester Drama Society last autumn and this is her first show with The Little Theatre. She is very excited to be involved. She has done a bit of stage work before – including an all-female revue with The Footlights in Cambridge and Edinburgh way back at University, and various plays, pantos and sketch shows since then – but she says this is by far the most ‘proper’ production she’s ever done! Her single claim to fame is that Stewart Lee once gave her an Observer’s Book of Birds. But he spoiled it by writing in it.


In Rehearsal

From top left clockwise: June and Irene Irene and Jon Annette and Soames Irene and Young Jolyon


Photographs by Sally Evans

From top left clockwise: Young Jolyon and Jon Irene and Young Jolyon Annette and Soames June and Irene


The Forsyte Family Tree – main characters

Old Jolyon


Aunt Juley


Helene Young Jolyon






Philip Bosinney


Aunt Hester

Winifred Montague Dartie Soames Irene


Val Dartie


Michael Mont 9

CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY Soames Irene James Aunt Juley Aunt Hester Annette Fleur Philip Bosinney Young JoLYON June / Maid Jon Michael Mont / Servant

Paul Beasley Katie Waterfield Keith Lacy Gina Walker Doreen Woolley Emily-Rose Goddard Holly Kirkpatrick Rick Lamoure Rob Leeson Samantha Birnie Andy Bewley Chris Brookes

COMPANY Director Set Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design

Nadine Beasley Alec Davis John Bale Jeremy Thompson Ben Smith

synopsis The action takes place in various homes and venues around London. Soames’ house in Knightsbridge The Botanical Gardens The house in Robin Hill June’s Art Gallery 10

Act I spans the period 1886 - 1899. Act II spans 1901 – 1920. There will be an interval of 20 minutes between Acts I and II.

for this Production Stage Manager Assistant Stage ManagerS PROPERTIES PROMPTER Wardrobe Assistants Dressers

Wigs Men’s Suits Construction Crew

Lighting Assistants Sound Assistants Audio Describers Programme photographY Programme Editor

Karl Strickland Simon Dickens and Tim Neville Vinnie White, David Garratt and Bianca Holman Mo Carberry Sue Manton, Daphne Spong, Lisa Thirlby, Briony Willig and Jean Woodward. Vivien Barnes, Madison Brooks, Chelsea Brown Sandra Brown, Abigail Flack, June Kennell, Diane Smith, Linda Thurman, Becky Tooth and Laura-May Tovey Tim Hogarth Jones Birmingham Costume Hire Chris Brookes, Simon Dickens, Doug Finlay, Nikki Finlay, Adey Glover, Elizabeth Herrick, Rick Lamoure, Jean Lingham and Phil Wade Doug Finlay and Jane Rowland Simon Dickens, David Hately and James Sawle Pauline Shonk and Jane Michel Sally Evans Mo Carberry

For all LDS productions Production Manager Head of Wardrobe Dressers’ Co-ordinator Design Assistant Backstage Co-ordination Stage Lighting Sound Administration Properties

Alec Davis John Bale, assisted by Christine Bradley Diane Smith Hannah Smith Vacancy Andy Crooks Dave Atter and James Simpson Simon Dickens Chris Chapman

PrompterS Furniture Curator Front-of-House Co-ordinators Bar Steward Chocolates Foyer supervisors Foyer displays Upper Foyer Photographs Foyer portraits Programme design

Judith Andrew Chris Chapman Brian Derbyshire and Don Quinn Kathy Anderton Margaret Astill Charles Freckleton Fred Hyman Karen Gordon Sally Evans Sally Evans me&him


the little theatre


The Little Theatre is owned and operated by Leicester Drama Society Ltd., an amateur non-profit making organisation founded in 1922 for the furtherance and study of the art of drama. LDS survives without public subsidy and presents a repertoire of plays of all types throughout the year. With its rehearsal rooms, Studio, bar and library, the theatre forms a social meeting place for those interested in the theatre.



Disabled patrons are very welcome. There is a lift to the auditorium and wheelchair spaces are available.

Leicester Drama Society Ltd The Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester, LE1 6PW Registered office as above Registered in England, Company No.268828 Registered Charity No.214249 Telephones Box Office 0116 255 1302 Admin 0116 254 2266 Theatre Manager & Premises Supervisor: Philip Royley Honorary Life President: Lord Attenborough Kt, CBE Patrons: Billie Whitelaw CBE, Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE, Tim Pigott-Smith. Trustees: Nadine Beasley, Dennis Cooper, Andy Crooks, John Ghent, Jenny Harding, Julia Meynell, Stephanie Pennell, Lisa Thirlby, Rob Thirlby and Charles Wade.


For further information and assistance please contact the Front of House Manager or telephone the Box Office. For patrons with impaired hearing an infra red amplification system is now provided. Headsets may be borrowed from Front of House staff in the Foyer. Do you know someone who is visually impaired who might be interested in receiving a free CD about our forthcoming productions?

In addition to the half yearly brochure which is available on CD, we aim to produce an audio description for each LDS production about the set, costumes, and other observations to make the theatre experience more fulfilling. A ‘touch tour’ is also available before the Saturday matinée. For more information please contact Mary Jones on 01664 420 157. Gift vouchers A delightful gift for a relative or friend would be a night out at the theatre. Our gift vouchers, in convenient units of £10 are available from the Box Office. Theatre bar To complete your enjoyment of our production, why not relax over drinks before and after the show and during the interval in our comfortable bar lounge? The safety precautions in this theatre fully satisfy official requirements. In the unlikely event of an emergency, however, we recommend patrons note the nearest emergency exits. Patrons are advised that official regulations prohibit members of the audience from standing in the aisles during a performance.

It is against the law to smoke in the theatre building. The use of cameras, videos and other visual or audio recording equipment is prohibited during performances. Please ensure that mobile phones are switched off. Please remember that coughing, rustling sweet wrappers and bleeping from digital watches may distract the actors and spoil the performance for others. Are you interested in joining? Come along to one of our Open Evenings, held in the week prior to each production. You’ll be shown around the theatre and be able to see the different departments at work. You also have the chance to find out more about all the departments and discuss where your interests lie and how your talents may best be channelled. Contact the Theatre Office on 0116 254 2266 for further details or email for membership information.

facilities hire


The Little Theatre is pleased to offer its facilities for private hire. For that special event, party, reception or business function the newly renovated bar makes an impressive venue. Other rooms, including the auditorium, may also be available.

Are you partying, fund-raising, going to a themed wedding or a murder mystery? Then we have just the costume for you. Come and visit our Aladdin’s cave! Most sizes can be accommodated; keenly competitive rates; discounts for LDS members.

Please contact the Theatre Manager, Philip Royley, who will assist and advise with the planning and timing of your event. We look forward to seeing you - and the good news is that our hire facilities are available at a very competitive price. For further details and a quotation please contact Philip Royley on 0116 254 2266.

OPENING HOURS* Tuesday 12:00 - 3.30pm Wednesday 4:00 - 7.00pm Thursday 4:00 - 7.00pm Friday 12:00 - 3.30pm *last hire 30 mins before closing time. T 0116 254 0472 during opening hours. Any special information or alteration to opening hours can be found on therecorded message. 50 Albion Street, LE1 6LB. email:

We are always listening …

Leicester Drama Society is currently planning for the long-term future of the Society and this Theatre. We are always pleased to hear from our patrons. If you have ideas for improvements please let us know. There are suggestion slips and a box in the foyer. Thank you.

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fairy academy

‘where little fairies earn their wings’

join the fairy academy for two and half hours and enjoy some magical classes in ‘fairy finesse’ from a head to toe makeover, wing and wand design, fairy dust with a very special ingredient to making fantastical fairy pops! for more information and to book, visit

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Don’t miss our commemorative booklet, now on sale from the Box Office at £2.50.


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