26, 27 & 28 November 2009

Curtains  - by Stephen Bill

Directed by Andy Fisher

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This triple award-winning play is Ida’s story. It is her eighty-sixth birthday - a milestone the pain-racked old lady would rather not have reached. Her family have gathered to cheerfully celebrate and patronise her with a birthday tea. Into their midst comes the prodigal daughter Susan, returning after a twenty-five year absence. She discovers that her mother is now given to only brief moments of lucidity and no longer remembers her!


This is a play that deals with euthanasia under ordinary and painful circumstances and how the family manage with pacts, rivalries, antagonism, inadequacies and English mores at their hilarious, moving and provoking worst. It engages the heart, the mind and above all the conscience.


Act 1, Scene 1:   Late afternoon

           Scene 2:   Evening

Act 2:                    Late evening

Time:                     The present

Ida              aged 86

Katherine   Ida's daughter

Geoffrey      K's husband

Michael             their son

Margaret   Ida's daughter

Douglas     M's husband

Susan   Ida's daughter

Mrs Jackson   from next door


Stage Manager

Set Design





Publicity & Tickets

Set Construction


Lighting & Sound



Front of House



June Cross

Kay Sutton

Mike Schofield

Nick Pearce

Michelle Clare-Hudson

Richard Stanway

Rachel Taylor

Pat Stimson


Simon Carney

Bob Allen

Mark Whitehouse

Rona Wright

   Ann Aplin

Di Roper-Marshall

Danny & Christine Rogers

Simon Carney

   Bob Allan

Mark Whitehouse

   Geoff Wilkinson

Godfrey & Val Laundy

Steve Birch

   Alan Cross

Ray Bulmer

Set Design by Bob Allan