“Breath of Spring” by Peter Coke – April 1960

Produced by Alice Woodward

The Cast (in order of appearance)

Miss Nanette Parry Kath Ready
Dame Beatrice Appleby Aline Turton
Brigadier Albert Rayne Peter Burch
Alice, Lady Miller Lady Prior
Lily Thompson Hazel Christelow
Miss Elizabeth Hatfield  May Sands
Pape (police) Nick Swallow
Kemp (police)  Ben Fish


When Dame Beatrice is given a mink stole by her maid, she is reminded of the maid's shady past and immediately suspects that it was stolen from the the next flat. A former army officer and other lodgers endeavor to return the stole. The plan is devised with care and all of them take such delight in the secretive scheme that they wonder why they don't do this more often. They form a syndicate for stealing and returning furs. Everything goes well until a loss is reported ...

Act 1 An evening in Spring
Act 2 Six months later, early afternoon
Act 3 Six months later, afternoon

The Production Team

Stage Manager Bill Taylor, Ken Lee, Mac Vowles
Prompt Mary Jane Scott
Properties Ginger Taylor & Shirley Jones
Lighting Mac Vowles & Robin Vowles
Wardrobe Jane Norris
Set Decor Aline Turton & Janet McKie
Furs kindly lent by the Canadian Fur Co., Wheeler Gate, Nottingham & cast members
Animal rug kindly lent by Mr. T. Brown, The Chestnuts Country Club, Radcliffe on Trent
Incidental music arranged by Lady Prior