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Written by Tom Elliot
Directed by Lesley Robins
16 – 21 May 2005

In the Havencrest Nursing Home for the elderly, Harry Troop struggles to regain his identity as a star of the music hall stage. His nurse Stephanie tells him that he is in fact Harold Burgess, brought there by his daughter Edith. The tetchy old man insists he is not the humble Harold of his childhood, but Harry, the entertainer. His flashes of comic talent intrigue Stephanie and she helps him revive his memories. Through flashbacks of singing, dancing and laughter, we learn of Harry’s modest success, much helped by his talented but tragic partner. It is a bitter sweet story of the seductiveness of fame and the price of ambition. Finally, with Stephanie’s and Edith’s help, Harry is able to lay old ghosts to rest, take up his cane and address an audience once more.


Harry Troop – Tony Bate
Stephanie/Stella Turner – Jenny McKiernan
Edith/Jessie/BBC Woman – Emma Stewart


Stage Manager – Graeme Horner
Assistant Stage Manager – Maggie Baird
Musical Director – Alan Thompson
Properties and Furniture – Pamela Horner
Lighting Design – Peter Bennett
Lighting Operation – Ken Swan, Ed Andrews
Sound Design – Keith Jarman
Sound Operation – Gareth Hunt
Choreography – Nicky Bate
Costumes – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall