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Edinburgh Fringe 2016

J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown
"fine resurrection of a gem...Thoroughly enjoyable!"

"well acted and craftily staged"

"carefully builds up an atmosphere"

J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

from the left: Edward Stone, plumber & shopkeeper; Ivy Randle, housewife; Percy Randle,
warehouse assistant; Bertha Reed, widow; Kathleen Peck, alcoholic; Harry Tully, ducker and diver
top: representative, London North East District
cast and crew list

Post-war 1940s Britain is cold, rationed and bleak. In a London pub a group of drinkers are complaining about their lives when a stranger enters and makes an unusual request.

Arbery Productions presents J B Priestley's rarely-seen The Rose and Crown.
In turns comic, moving and spine-chilling, a powerful one-act play
by the author of An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways.

The first production of The Rose and Crown was a live broadcast on BBC television on
27 August 1946. The last night of our run was 27 August 2016.

more about J B Priestley and The Rose and Crown        media information

Thanks for your support!

To put on this production we aimed to raise £2,600. Thanks to an offer of a free ticket for each donation of £20 and the opportunity to a post-show meet & greet with the cast and crew and other fundraising, we received £2,010. Thanks to a loan which covered the rest of the costs, this sum allowed us to put on a successful show. Ticket sales earned £1,895.82; after expenses of £2,544.50, we had £1,361.32 to distribute. Donors were offered a choice of getting some of their money back or to sharing it equally among the cast and crew in recompense for travel and other expense. In the end, £1,275.60 was distributed, together with a generous donation from the J B Priestley Society. For details of income, expenditure and sales, click here.

Thanks also to the fabulous Jazz Romantics, featuring our very own Beverley Wright (Ma Peck), for playing at our fund-raising evening at - where else? - The Rose and Crown in Rose Street, Edinburgh on 16th April.
The Rose and Crown J B Priestley 2016 copyright Walter Hampson

This production of The Rose and Crown began life as an Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group ("The Grads") production for the 2016 Scottish Community Drama Association One-Act Festival, winning the Bob Buchanan Trophy in the Eastern Divisional Final (pictured above). All the original cast, except Alan Patterson (fourth from left - unavailable in August), appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe. The set changed from the proscenium (traditional) stage above to thrust (audience on three sides) in theSpace on Niddry Street.

August 2017

from Arbery Books

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This production company has signed up to the Protecting Actors Fringe Charter, helping to ensure all cast and crew involved operate under safe and fair working conditions.
Protecting Actors : SHIELD:9899

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown

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