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The Killing of Sister George (1989)

The Killing of Sister George
Written by Frank Marcus
Directed by Mavis Dunphy
25 – 30 September 1989

A scathing examination of the public and private lives of so-called “cultural icons”. “Sister George” is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who bicycles about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge the actress, is a swaggering, foul-mouthed, alcoholic lesbian in a long-term relationship with the waifish Alice “Childie” McNaught. Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June’s own bad behavior, the BBC decides to “kill Sister George” on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends George into meltdown, which results in “Childie’s” retreat to the arms of Mercy.


June Buckridge (Sister George) – Eileen Hullett
Alice ‘Childie’ NcNaught – Suzy Hampton
Mrs Mercy Croft – Claire Kingshott
Madame Xenia – Daisy May Mulcahy


Stage Manager – Harry Dunphy
Assistant Stage Manager – Marion Ellis
Set Design – Andy Cross
Lighting – Phil Hedges and Brian Rumble
Properties – Molly Pritchard, Barbara Brookes, Helen Hicks, Alison Ward and Clare Daniels
Sound – Keith Jarman
Set Built by – Roger Butler, Graham Lindsey and Andy Cross
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer