We Happy Few

Written by Imogen Stubbs
Directed for Actonians by Sarah McMahon

Synopsis

We Happy Few follows a group of female actors touring Shakespeare and other classic plays, all around the country during World War II. It is based on Nancy Hewins' touring group, the Osiris Players and its title quotes the St Crispin's Day Speech from Henry V. They toured their set and costumes in a 1922 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce, sometimes did 4 shows a day and slept on hall floors! In total they did about 1,500 performances.

As they performed in schools, village and town halls in hugely different locations in Britain, the setting is perfect for our village hall.

Credits

Cast
RolePerson
Hetty Sue Anstey
Flora Jenny McDowell
Helen Rebekah Grose
Rosalind Gemma Perrett
Charlotte (Charlie) Nic Harvey
Jocelyn Margaret Bulmer
Ivy Alex Holmes
Joseph Joe Marshall Evans
Gertrude Lin Bowden
Reggie Stewart White
Lady Sarah McMahon
Man Nick Pearce
Leonard Steve Anstey
Maureen Sarah McMahon
Keith Mike Schofield
Mayor Stewart White
Bert Nick Sharp
Sharon Rosie Wright
Elsie Abigail Hatherell
Henrietta Zoe Hall
William Haydn Todd
Crew
RolePerson
Assistant Director Ann Aplin
Stage Manager Alison Horner
Costume Marion Hill
Sound Peter Carlin
Prompt Di Roper-Marshall
Lights
Mark Whitehouse
Mike Schofield
Set Construction
Steve Anstey
&co
Props
Gaynor Clark
Christine Rogers
Painting Maureen Blake
Original Music Rob Pardoe
Front of House Manager Di Pardoe