THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE

Directed by: John Poulson

Genre:  Black Comedy

Group:  BHTC

Staged: The Park Centre, Burgess Hill

Synopsis: 

 

Sister George is a famous character in a BBC radio soap opera series, a nurse who cycles about singing hymns, doing good deeds, and spreading cheer.  Because of the struggle for ratings, and because there is gossip of notoriety in her personal life, the BBC decides to "kill her off" by having her involved in an accident. 

 

The woman who comes to make the deathblow announcement is rather pleased to find that the gossip about 'Sister George's' home life is true, for here she finds the cigar smoking, gin drinking, hard cursing Sister George waited on slavishly by a female lover whom the woman proceeds to steal from her.

 

BHTC NOTES: In her scrap book of BHTC productions, Nancy Forsdike records this as the most favourite part she ever played.

Production Date:  March 1971

 

PLAYWRIGHTS:

 

Frank Marcus wrote 'The Killing of Sister George' in 1965 and it was nominated for Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as author of Best Play.

Playwrights:  Frank Marcus

BHTC Production Number: 67

Nancy Forsdike

Christine Batsford

June Colledge

Barbara Chamberlain

 

Cast

June Buckridge

Alice 'Childie' McNaught

Mrs. Mercy Croft

Madame Xenia

Frank Oakley

Keith Jefferies

Sheila Tapner & Margaret Coveney

Peter Coveney

Inez Wedderburn

Alan Dann

Richard Doyle

Sheila Newell & Elizabet Hawker

Bernard Clayman

Neil Batsford, Joan O'Meara & Ann Fairall

 

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