May/June 2001

Gabriel
by Moira Buffini



Directed by
Marcia Baldry

Enjoyable fable
of the second world war
Braintree & Witham Times

Exceeded various professional presentations I have seen in regional theatre
Dunmow Observer

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Following a number of hugely successful light-hearted comedies or comedy dramas in recent productions, we decided to "Shake the Tree" a little this time.  Gabriel is a tense, absorbing and, although occasionally funny, more often disturbing story of moral borderlines set in wartime Guernsey.

A naked young man is washed up on the beach close to a farmhouse inhabited by 3 women and a young girl.  Unnervingly handsome, he's fluent in in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. British Pilot or SS man? Innocent or madman? Saviour or dark angel?



Jeane Becquet and Major Von Pfunz.



Gabriel.



Margaret Lake.



Lily and Estelle.

Cast

JEANE BECQUET:
MAJOR VON PFUNZ:
MARGARET LAKE:
LILY:
ESTELLE:


      Madeline Harmer
      David Bone
      Lynda Shelverton
      Carol Parradine
      Rebecca Rowland