Life & Beth

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Christmas Eve and Beth’s family descend on her, as usual. Her needy sister-in-law who drinks all the wine and flirts with the vicar; her ebullient son, determined to be the man of the house, barking orders at his new girlfriend. The only difference between this and the last thirty three years is that Beth’s husband has recently died and is no longer with us … Or is he?

Director, Ian Orry has been at The Lyceum a lot in the last 4-5 years, though you won’t always see him on stage. He is directing, stage managing and designing sets as well as treading the boards, most recently in Death of a Salesman in 2014. Ian is a retired teacher but is still involved in school productions and occasional supply teaching.

Joan Duffin, playing the lead, performs in two production per year, as well as playing a vital role on the Management Committtee. Most recently you will have seen her in Billy Liar and Move Over Mrs Markham, or maybe at Playhouse 2 in another Alan Ayckbourn play in April last year.

Pauline Walsh is playing Connie, Beth’s sister. Pauline is one of two Artistic Directors at LTO and directs and acts regularly on this stage. She is also seen front of house, as well as helping design sets. Her many roles include Olive on our summer 2016 production of The Odd Couple and director for the award-winning Of Mice and Men this time last year.

For thirteen years, Jon Comyn-Platt has taken an active role at LTO, both on and off-stage. Jon has recently joined Pauline as an Artistic Director on the Management Committee and, if you haven’t seen him in one of his numerous roles on stage, (most recently the 2014 production of Yes Prime Minister) you will have seen him behind the bar as he has been a member of bar staff for twelve years. This role also involves spirits!

Also on stage will be Richard Parker and Helen Dawson.