THE DOCK BRIEF

Programme, Photos & Press Cutting

Production Date:  March 1974

Directed by: Keith Jefferies

Playwright:  John Mortimer

Genre:  1 Act Play - Comedy

Group:  BHTC

Staged:  Marle Place, Burgess Hill

 

Synopsis: 

 

An elderly unsuccessful barrister gets a dock brief to defend a murderer. The barrister, who has not had a brief for years, goes to see his client and instead of trying to find out the facts, he spends his time rehearsing imaginary scenes in court in which he ties the witnesses in knots, melts the hearts of the jury and dazzles the judge. The fantasy is shattered when the pair are summoned to court and reality has to be faced.

 

When the case is over, the barrister cannot hide from his despair; but soon his fantasy life reasserts itself and the play ends on a note of wry gaiety.


BHTC NOTES: This production doubled with 'An Office Of Profit' as an evening of one act plays. Since only the programme and the review with regard to the BHTC members has currently come to light, it is not clear whether this show was ever produced for the larger general public.

 

 

 

 

Lighting & Effects

Prompt

Peter Coveney, Mick Pate & Charles Briggs

Jane Towell

Crew

THE DOCK BRIEF

Anthony White

Jim Towell

Morgenhall

Fowle

Cast

BHTC Production Number: 79

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