Has Alison got Bette Davis eyes?

Published: Wednesday 6th Nov 2013

Written by: Ben Abbott

Whitby Amateur Dramatics Society take to the Whitby Pavilion Theatre stage next week with the gritty but comic play, “The Anniversary” by Bill MacIlwraith. This is the fourth production of the year for the Society having started at Easter with, “Calendar Girls” and then two shows by Eric Chappell, “Summer End” and Haywire.”

The play revolves around Mum, played by Alison Steele but in the original film by Bette Davis, who runs a family building business in the 1960’s with her three sons, Henry (John Eaves), Terry (Andrew Dent) and the youngest Tom (Ivan Hall). Mum really rules the roost but two of the sons, with the support of their partners Karen (Anne Dobson) and Shirley (Laura Moralee), are keen to break away which causes Mum to resort to all sorts of schemes to prevent it. She will stop at nothing to get her own way.

Director Ian Dobson says, “Ever since reading this play a few years ago, I have wanted to direct it for a Whitby audience. There are moments of real tension and drama with, hopefully, the audience on the edge of their seats and then suddenly a funny line which completely relieves the tension with a belly laugh. The cast have had to work very hard to develop such moments in a really absorbing story. There has been great fun in gathering together 60’s style furniture as well as authentic clothes and hairstyles, which has amazed the younger members of the cast but brought back good memories for others!”

The play opens on Thursday 14th November and continues on the Friday and Saturday at the Whitby Pavilion Theatre beginning at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7 with £6 for concessions and are available from the Theatre, Whitby Tourist Information Centre or on the door. Eight page programmes, at 50p, will be numbered for a lucky draw each evening. There will also be raffles each evening in aid of Rett Syndrome research, highlighted recently in the Whitby Gazette for a local sufferer.

Ben Abbott



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