Anna of the five towns

Anna of the Five towns by Ella Edwards. Adapted for the stage from the novel Anna of the Five towns by Arnold Bennett   12th-14th June 1986

The story of Anna Tellwright, daughter of a wealthy but miserly and dictatorial father, living in the Potteries area of Staffordshire, England. Her activities are strictly controlled by the Methodist church. The novel tells of Anna’s struggle for freedom and independence against her father’s restraints.

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Henry Mynors : Chris Norman

Ephraim Tellwright: John Moules

Anna Tellwright : Frances Gaynor

Agnes Tellwright : Helen Gaynor

William Price : Douglas Harding

Alderman Sutton : Albert Claydon

Mrs Sutton : Rita Downing

Beatrice Sutton : Linda Wilkes

The Revivalist : Peter Lee

The Rev. Banks : John Elson

Mrs Banks : Diana Evans

Miss Dickinson : Joyce Elson

Mrs Clayton-Vernon : Barbara Brockway

Tom Kelly : Neil Robertson

Sewing meeting ladies, maids, Steward, crowd on ship : Marda Day, Karen Nicholls, Sally Pearce, Winnie Stubbs, Janet Simpson

Choir : Joan Cave, Marion Hargeaves, Mary Finlayson, Winnie Stubbs, John Bush Arthur Clarke, Doug Thompson

Children : Neil Robertson, Roy Cole, Carolyn Gaynor, Hazel Lee, Karen Lee, Jeremy Evans, Robert Evans, Leonard Day, Oliver Sutcliffe, Gavin Tyler, Andrew Yale


Director : Ella Edwards, Noel Ripley

Design : Noel Ripley

Lighting : Kevin Dunnicliffe

Sound : William Heaton

Prompt : Vera Allsop, Val Barber

Properties : Mary Finlayson

Costumes : Noel Ripley and Rene Ripley, Ruth Ferguson

Backcloth painter : Bill Gulliver

Trumpet : Alan Knott

Piano : Marjorie Edwards