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A Severed Head

A Severed Head
Written by Iris Murdoch and J.B. Priestley
Directed by Peter Janes
21 – 24 May 1969

Martin Lynch-Gibbon is a well-to-do 41-year-old wine merchant whose childless marriage to an older woman called Antonia has been one of convenience rather than love. It never occurs to him that his ongoing secret affair with Georgie, a young academic in her twenties, could be immoral. Martin is shocked when his wife tells him that she has been having an affair with Palmer Anderson, her psychoanalyst and a friend of the couple’s. Antonia informs Martin that she wants to divorce him and marry Anderson…


Georgie Hands – Stella Kirby
Martin Lynch-Gibbon – Maurice Tripp
Antonia Lynch-Gibbon – Audrey Christianson
Palmer Anderson – Peter Paul
Honor Klein – Eileen Hullett
Rosemary – Martin’s Sister – Kathy Clark
Alexander – Martin’s Brother – Mike Rand


Stage Manager – Tony Bate
Assistant Stage Manager – June Janes
Properties – Edna Rand, Elsie Bate and Melba Rutherford
Lighting – Jean Bennett
Sound Effects – Gordon Lawrence
Wardrobe – Joan Robarts
Wigs – Nathan Wigs
Set Construction – Guild Workshop