THE FIRE RAISERS
Produced & Directed by: Elizabeth Batten
Genre: Black Comedy
Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
Caroline Stallwood, Sarah Jefferies & Lizbet Hawker
Gottleib Biedermann and his wife, Babette, give houseroom for the night to two young men they do not know. Babette is nervous because of the recent local fire-raising and the young men admit that other houses where they have lived have gone up in flames. The play ends with an after-piece which takes place in Hell and gives the play a surprise ending.
PLAYWRIGHT: Max Frisch (1911-1991) was a notable Swiss novelist, playwright, diarist, and essayist. 'Fire Raisers' was originally written as a radio play in 1953, but it was re-written in 1958 for stage and television.
BHTC NOTES: Club member Sheila Wells (Chorus), remembers this was not a well recieved or popular play.
Production Date: 1973
Bridget Allworthy / Woman with a Basket
Thwackum / Second Bystander
Doctor / Constable
First Bystander / Priest
Lighting & Effects
Properties & Wardrobe
Front of House Manager
Nancy Forsdike & Elizabeth Batten
Sheila Tapner & Lizbet Hawker
Barbara Chamberlain & Doreen Oakley
Playwright: Max Frisch
BHTC Production Number: 75