Oct/Nov 2007

When We Are Married
by J B Priestley



Directed by
John Richardson


John Richardson is well
served by those in his cast
Braintree & Witham Times



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When We Are Married is set in Clecklewyke, a small town in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the early years of the twentieth century.  Twenty-five years ago, the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts were married on the same day by the same clergyman.

When they gather at the Helliwell home to celebrate their silver wedding, the new chapel organist tells them that he recently met the parson, who conducted the triple wedding ceremony, and realized that he was not authorised to do so.  Pandemonium breaks out when these pillars of society believe that they have been living in sin.



Mrs. Northrop shows Gerald Forbes the chapel organist, who has been summoned by Alderman Helliwell, into the sitting room.



Alderman Helliwell's niece, Nancy Holmes, who is meeting Gerald secretly, tells him that he is in real trouble.



Fred Dyson and Henry Ormonroyd of the Yorkshire Argus arrive to interview and photograph the three couples.  Nancy shows them a photo of their wedding.



The three couples, Joseph and Maria Helliwell, Albert and Annie Parker and Herbert and Clara Soppitt arrive to celebrate their anniversary.



An aggressive Mrs. Northrop is told to bring in the drinks.



The three pillars of the chapel complain to Gerald about his "carrying on".  Gerald tells the men that they are not officially married.



Mrs. Northrop who has been listening at the door is beside herself with mirth.



Maria gives Mrs. Northrop her notice.
Mrs. Northrop, on the other hand, tells the ladies what she has overheard.



Ruby admits Lottie Grady who tells the ladies that one of their husbands told her, on a trip to Blackpool, that if he was not married, he would rather be married to her.



The Rev. Clement Mercer arrives, having been told by Mrs. Northrop's husband that the three couples are in need of a clergyman's services.  He is appalled to find that they are not properly married.



Alderman Helliwell is horrified to see Lottie who has come to take him up on his promise.



Maria prepares to return to her mother's and leave Lottie to run the household.  She instructs her on what needs to be done.



Joe manages to persuade Maria not to leave.



The Rev. Mercer upbraids Mrs. Northrop for drinking and making trouble.



Henry Ormonroyd shows the men evidence that they are truly married after all.  A registrar was present.



                 With everyone now happy, Henry
                 at last takes the couples' photograph.

Cast

RUBY BIRTLE:
GERALD FORBES:
MRS NORTHROP:
NANCY HOLMES:
FRED DYSON:
HENRY ORMONROYD:
ALDERMAN JOSEPH HELLIWELL:
MARIA HELLIWELL:
COUNCILLOR ALBERT PARKER:
HERBERT SOPPITT:
CLARA SOPPITT:
ANNIE PARKER:
LOTTIE GRADY:
THE REV. CLEMENT MERCER:

      Amanda Thompson
      Nigel Smith
      Jan Ford
      Carol Parradine
      Steve Bradley
      Adam Thompson
      Barry Ditchfield
      Marcia Baldry
      Rodney Foster
      David Bone
      Diana Bradley
      Madeline Harmer
      Carol Parradine
      Peter Nicholson