Ballarat National Theatre

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By T.S. Eliot

Directed by Joy Smith

Performance Dates


Cast & Production


Edward Chamberlayne  Gordon Henderson
 Julia Shuttlewaite  Mary MacNeill
 Celia Copplestone  Marian Sinclair
 Alexander MacColgie Gibbs  Stephen Stickland
 Peter Quilpe  Ken Felstead
 Unindentified Guest – later identified as Sir Henry Harcourt-Rielly  Don McIntyre
 Lavinia Chamberlayne  Joy Story
 Young Guest
Nurse Secretary
Catering Hostess
 Helen Chamberlain

Pre Production

Stage Manager Louise Lammin
Set Design Ken Felstead
Stage Crew Sue Andrews, Jim Matheson, Ian Barrett
Set Construction Ken Felstead, Don McIntyre, Gordon Henders, Sue Andrews, Ian Barrett, Louise Lammin
Prompt Eileen Shannon
Make-up Dorothy Higgins, Helen Anderson
Dresser May Henderson
Sound Albert Dulfer
Lighting Operator Rus. Hammond

Front of House

Mary MacLeod
Foyer Stall Marj Drew


From BNT newsletter June 1966

The next production will be T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party. A delightful satirical English play requiring 4 male, 4 female and two to three small parts.
Joy Smith will be producing this play and auditions will be held on Monday 18 July and Monday 25 July if there is need of further auditions. All those interested please note those dates. Play will be performed about 21 October.
As well as members of cast, stage crew, stage manager, set builders will be required. Anybody interested at all in any aspect of this production please contact Joy or turn up at the theatre on 18 July.

From BNT newsletter September 1966

The first rehearsal of the next production T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party was held at the theatre last evening. The cast have guaranteed to have this play ready for production on the 14 October. Not much time, but under their producer’s guidance am sure that they will achieve their objective. Pleasing to report that we have some new members and some we have not seen for a while coming forward for this production. Members of the cast will be Mary McNeil, Helen Chamberlain, Marian Sinclair, Joy Storey; Don McIntyre, Gordon Henderson, Ken Felstead and Stephen Stickland. Louise Lammin will be stage-managing and Ken Felstead designing the sets. Production is in the hands of Joy Smith. Mary Macleod will be organising the front of house team and those willing to give of the services please contact Mary as soon as possible. The charity night will be on the 14th and will be in aid of the Girl Guide Association.