A servant to the gentry
I’m Ian Crickett and once again I’m a servant to the gentry in a Saddleworth Players production. I’ve been Lord Goring’s urbane manservant Phipps in ‘An Ideal Husband’, the tortured conscientious objector Maitland, household servant of Mrs St Clair in ‘The Chalk Garden, and as well as playing a doctor and a Regency fop, I was Squire Allworthy’s unnamed lackey in ‘Tom Jones’.
We’re back in the 18th Century again for ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, but at least this time the lackey has a name, as I’m playing the rustic Diggory in ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, promoted from the barn by Mr Hardcastle of Hardcastle Hall – or is it the Buck’s Head?
Is the hall an inn, is the master of the house a landlord, is his daughter a barmaid, and who will marry whom? All will be revealed as Diggory flits on and off from time to time, having brief conversation with all the major characters. What larks!
It’s been the second time I’ve been directed by Jon, but the first time at Saddleworth. It’ll also be the first time I’ve been on stage here with Pete, although we’ve been in two productions together at Milnrow, and for once I’m in a play with Andrew without being his father. It’s the first time I’ve acted with the rest of the cast, but meeting new people is surely one of the joys of amateur theatre.
We start on Saturday. I’m looking forward to it.
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Ian Crickett, May 24, 2016