Love Begins At 50 – Jan 2003

Riverside Studio Theatre

Love Begins At 50


A Farce by Raymond Hopkins

Directed By – Mary Rowley

The Story

Anita and Clive Debanks have been married for 28 years and have led an uneventful life. But all that is about to change. Although in a loveless marriage, Clive has never been unfaithful. However, as preparations for his fiftieth birthday party are underway, Clive feels that life is passing him by and has a yearning for one last fling. To this end he chooses three prospective partners from the ‘Lonely Hearts’ column in the local paper. By a strange twist of fate, the same paper is offering a Caribbean cruise, as the first prize in a competition to find the perfect married couple. Anita enters the competition, but keeps it a secret fro Clive. A photographer arrives to take the pictures of the happy couple the night that Anita is away but Clive is busy entertaining one of his new dates. From that point onwards, things get a little complicated, to say the least. The action is fast and furious in this hilarious farce.


Cast of Characters


ANITA DEBANKS – Lyn Aston

CLIVE DEBANKS – Stanley Crabtree

JACK REYNOLDS – Ray Kavanagh Clive’s friend

CLAIRE MURPHY – Janet Dobie Anita’s friend

TRACEY BARTON – Emma DaviesAnita’s & Clive’s Daughter

EMILY ROBERTS – Joanna Machin

ANNABEL WICKSON – Rebecca Williams

MAVIS LEGGETT – Robina Crawford

HENRY CLARK – Owen Osborn

SUSIE, THE GOLDFISH – Herself


Production Team

DIRECTOR – Mary Rowley

COORDINATOR – Jackie Bird

TECHNICAL MANAGER – Andrew Nadin

LIGHTING DESIGN – Andrew Nadin

SOUND – Andrew Nadin, Melissa Jones

LIGHTING – Karen Willans

SET DESIGN – Ray Kavanagh

STAGE MANAGER – Jackie Bird

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – Sye Dobie

PROPS – Kathryn Crabtree, Carole Oldknow

PUBLICITY – Janet Dobie

TICKETS – Lesley Nunn

FRONT OF HOUSE – Joan Robertson & Her Team

PROGRAMME DESIGN – Lyn Aston


©wmts 2004




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