Nick Darke’s stage adaptation of Cider with Rosie brings to life the vivid and lively memories depicted in Laurie’s Lee’s classic novel of his childhood growing up in a small Cotswold village. Fierce winters, glowing summers, poverty, hilarity, friendship, love and murder – it’s all there.
The play follows Loll (Laurie Lee) from his early childhood at the end of WW1 through family life, school, long lazy summers, friendships, neighbours, local characters and first love.
Loll’s family is close and loving, his seven siblings living hand to mouth after being abandoned by their father. It is Lee’s adoring and eccentric mother who is the centre of his world, creating a warm and safe if not rather chaotic environment for her children.
Sensitively directed by Nettie Brown, this experienced cast of PVADS actors, playing multiple roles, bring out all the warmth and pathos of the many characters from Lee’s boyhood years.
The imaginative lighting design and multi functional set will transport you into Lee’s beautiful, haunting depiction of his small world, bound by tradition and community. A timeless place on the verge of change.
Performances at the Bouverie Hall from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th June at 7.30pm
Tickets:- £8 (£6 concessions) are available online at www.pvads.co.uk or Bouverie Hall Box Office (10am to 12pm) from Mon 8th June Tel: 01672 564458/810436
Cast & Crew
Nick Mitchell Briggs Laurie Lee – Narrator
Emma Coady Mother
Hallam Britten Loll – the young Laurie Lee
Jo Wakeham Phyllis / Miss Crabby
Katie Wakeham Marge / Jo / Barmaid
Lucy Brown Doth / Lizzie Berkley
Ben Bateman Harold / Spadge / Youth 3
Stuart Hartley Jack / Youth 1 / Mr Brown
Alex Hitchen Tony / Walt Kerry / Major
Beryl Birch Granny Trill / Baroness
Tracey Pullen Granny Wallon / Mrs Moore
Rob Bottoms Fred Bates / Squire
John Duckney Uncle Ray / Vincent / Curate
Chris Smith Baker / Vicar / Maurice
Sarah Devine Rosie / Miss Flynn
Avril Allsop Midwife / Hangman
Nettie Brown Producer and Director
Director Nettie Brown
Assistant Director Avril Allsop
Lighting Josh Pratchett
Sound Ben Bateman, Avril Allsop, Steve Clements
Backstage Kevin Wakeham, Paul Montgomery, Judith Kunkler