Last Saturday Castlethorpe Amateur Dramatic Society gave performance of the farce “Double or Quits," by John Charlton. The producer was Herbert Bridge, with Frederick Keeves responsible for the scenery. The performers were: William Ray, Arthur Cowley, Christine Harper, Frederick Bridge, Lillie Mothersole, Edwin Bates, Alice Bridge, Reginald Rayner, Doris Paris, Joyce Stone, and Herbert Bridge. As a result the W.I. will benefit by the sum of £8.
The Wolverton Express 16 May 1947
“MARY DUGAN” AT
Castlethorpe Dramatic Society performed “The Trial of Mary Dugan” to a crowded audience in Castlethorpe Council School. As the accused woman, Mrs. Betty Sawbridge played with fine dramatic fervour, and Messrs. R. T. Ravner and F. Bridge, as counsel, gave admirable studies.
Mr D. Gunn effectively conveyed that weakness of character that prepared the way for his dramatic revelation of himself as the murderous left-handed wielder of the knife.
As judge and clerk to the court, Mr. E. Bates and Mr. H. Bridge gave refreshing performances; Mrs Renee Ravner. as the erring wife, made clever use of dramatic opportunities, and Mrs. Alice Bridge and Mrs. Mary Jarman offered captivating studies of their respective characters of cute chorus girl and indignant French maid.
Mrs. Joyce Markham, Mrs. Winifred Folkes, Messrs. V. Harper, W. Ray, H. Cook and F. Bispham were competent in smaller roles.
Mr. Herbert Bridge was a capable producer and Mr. C. B. Jarman was stage manager.
Northampton Mercury 09 May 1947Northampton Mercury 19 April 1946
On Saturday 3rd. May, Castlethorpe Amateur Dramatic Society gave an excellent performance at Castlethorpe of the farce “Double or Quit” by John Charlton.
Those taking part were William Ray, Arthur Cowley, Christine Harpur, Frederick Bridge, Lillie Mothersole, Edwin Bates, Alice Bridge, Reginald Rayner, Doris Paris, Joyce Stones, and Herbert Bridge.
It is difficult to single out any of the performers for special praise, but the new-comers to the Society schooled by their efficient producer Herbert Bridge, showed excellent promises, whilst other members of the cast portrayed their characters with humour an understanding. The timing was excellent and altogether it was a most finished performance.
Frederick Keeves was responsible for the scenery.
The Women’s Institute for whose funds the play was given benefit to the extent of £8 and extend their most grateful thanks. To all performers and helpers.