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The Killing of Sister George (1968)

The Killing of Sister George
Written by Frank Marcus
Directed by Harry Randall
15 – 18 May 1968

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 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) – Sylvia Palmer
Alice “Childie” McNaught – Diane Montague
Mrs Mercy Croft – Janet Mears
Madame Xenia – Kathy Clark


Stage Manager – Louis Cox
Assistant Stage Manager – Margaret Baird
Properties – Edna Rand, Mick Driver
Lighting – Sheila Fryatt
Set Construction – Guild Workshop
Sound Effects and Music – Harry Dunphy, Viv Hollingsworth
Dance Routine – Doreen Sackman
Decor – Phil Carter