5th – 15th April 2017 | 7.45pm
PERFORMANCES DAILY, WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY
‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase is a light-hearted, Pulitzer Prize winning comedy set in the 1940’s with two locations; the Dowd family mansion and Chumley’s mental institution.
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his friend, Harvey, a six-feet-and-a-half white rabbit, to guests at a social society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behaviour as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae and their family from further embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to Dr. Sanderson that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! Veta is committed instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for Harvey, it seems that Elwood’s mild-mannered delusion has a strange effect on the doctors and only at the end does Veta realise that maybe living with Harvey isn’t so bad after all…
Cast: Elwood. P. Dowd - Dave Hawkes Veta Simmons - Lynne Foster Myrtle-Mae Simmons - Dani McIntyre Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet - Fabienne Hanley Dr. William Chumley - Jesse Powis Mrs. Betty Chumley - Stephanie Yorke-Edwards Judge Omar Gaffeny - Robin Winder Dr. Sanderson - Alec Clements Miss Ruth Kelly- Imogen Carr Wilson- Lewis Clark Cab Driver - Ian Russell
Directed by Jade Flack
“Harvey, the film had been sat on my nan’s shelf for years alongside others like ‘Blithe Spirit’ and ‘Gaslight’, so I grew up with a good history with films. Films and plays are completely different of course but it gave me a rough concept of how I would set the play.
I love the nature of the play and the atmosphere set by the very first scene. You understand the frantic nature of the characters and Veta’s obsessive need for normality from her brother, Elwood. When introduced to the character’s in Chumley’s mental intuition, It’s hard not to fall in love with them as they take poor Veta for a ride of misconceptions, and allow Elwood off scott-free!
It’s a simple, heart-warming comedy where the star of the show is never seen!”
Jade Flack | Director