Cold Comfort Farm

Written by Stella Gibbons
Adapted by Paul Doust
Directed for Actonians by Ann Aplin


The story tells of Flora Poste, a smart, sophisticated young woman from London - rather like Stella herself- who goes to live with some strange relations in Sussex that she had never seen before, the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm. The Starkadders are a mad, violent lot, very rustic in a sort of doom laden Hardyesque kind of way, and Flora sets out to tidy up their very untidy lives. She eventually succeeds in doing so, against all the odds and with many comic incidents on the way.


Flora Poste Rachel Tillotson
Charles Nick Sharp
Mr Neck Colin Chivers
Judith Starkadder Pat Stimson
Seth Starkadder Tim Wrighton
Rennet Janet Lewis
Adam Lambsbreath Gerry Millward
Elfine Starkadder Rachel Nadyne Harris
Urk Starkadder Mike Wills
Ruben Starkadder Mike Schofield
Amos Starkadder Bob Allen
Aunt Ada Doom Lesley Keetley
Sneller Bob Allen
Mrs Hawk Monitor Jenny Winter
Richard Hawk Monitor Harvey Gay
Assistant Director Liz Aplin
Stage Manager Steve Birch
Set Design Maureen Chapman
Set Construction Steve Birch
Set Painting
Bob Allen
Marilyn Wright
Pete Lawry
Martin Lewis
Lighting Ray Bulmer
Properties Ann Chenery
Clock Harvey Gay
Tricycle Steve Birch
Sukebind Mike Wills
Costume Supervision Pat Stimson
Business Manager Howard Aplin
Front of House Jenny Pratt
Bar Phil Dyte