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Don Hawkins in Peter Gill's Over Gardens Out, Royal Court Theatre,1969.

Over Gardens Out

by Peter Gill

Royal Court Theatre

The Theatre Upstairs, 29 July 1969

The action takes place in Cardiff at the present time.

OVER GARDENS OUT was first performed in the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre on August 5th 1968 with the cast below, directed by the Author.

When OVER GARDENS OUT was performed in The Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre two television sets were placed, one each side of the playing area, against the theatre walls. They were each tuned to a different station and the volumes remote controlled so that during the play the sound could be turned down except in scenes where a television might be on. The sound was brought up at the end of some of the scenes to help cover the stage management moving the furniture, and both sets were turned up when the audience came in and when they left the theatre.

Please do not smoke in the auditorium

Jeffrey Don Hawkins Don Hawkins (Jeffrey), born in Cwafelirfach in South Wales, was a professional musician, playing all over Europe, before becoming an actor. He left Paris, where he was studying at the Sorbonne, to attend the Drama Centre in London. Since completing his course last year, he has made a film, "The Virgin Soldiers", for Columbia Pictures, played in, the Bond season of plays at the Royal Court Theatre and appeared on television in "World in Ferment".
Mrs B. Pamela Miles Pamela Miles (Mrs. B) was born in Cardiff where she attended the College of Music and Drama She has worked at the Lincoln Repertory Theatre and with the Welsh National Theatre Company where her roles included "The Rivals" and Antigone. Her West End appearances include "Horizontal Hold" at the Comedy and "The Beggars Opera" which also played at the Edinburgh Festival. She has also made numerous television appearances in Wednesday plays and Armchair Theatre.
Dennis James Hazeldine James Hazeldine (Dennis) started his theatrical career at the age of sixteen in his home town repertory theatre in Salford, where he obtained his first acting job when he was seventeen years old. He has since appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse, the Newcastle Playhouse, Manchester Library Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, where he played in the Bond season. Television appearances include a play in the D.H. Lawrence series and a film, of "Julius Caesar" for American television
Father Anthony Douse Anthony Douse (Father), born and bred in Nottingham, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His experience in repertory includes seasons at Farnham and Sheffield. During the last eighteen months he has appeared frequently at the Royal Court Theatre — in "Hotel in Amsterdam", the Lawrence trilogy and as the child murderer in "Life Price", both the latter being directed by Peter Gill.
Mother June Watson June Watson (Mother) is a native of Edinburgh and received her training there at the College of Drama. She has acted in almost every repertory theatre in the country and his made numerous television appearances. Her recent stage appearances include "The Ha-ha" at the Hampstead Theatre Club, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the Liverpool Playhouse and "Life Price" at the Royal Court Theatre. She has just returned from playing the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Ludlow Festival.
Shop Assistant Roger Nott Roger Notes (Shop Assistant) is Cardiff born and bred and trained at the Cardiff College of Music and Drama. After completing his course, he won a BBC Scholarship consisting of a year's acting contract. From there he went to the Oxford Playhouse for a season. He has played with the Welsh National Theatre Company and helped to form a Welsh Artists Workshop in Cardiff. His recent television appearances include an episode of "Dixon of Dock Green" and a serial for Welsh television called "One of the Family".
Directed by Peter Gill Peter Gill (Author and Director) is a former assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre and his productions there include "The Local Stigmatic" by Heathcote Williams, "Crimes of Passion" by Joe Orton, Thomas Otway's "The Soldier's Fortune", the D.H. Lawrence trilogy and most recently "Life Price" by Jeremy Seabrook and Michael O'Neill. His productions at other theatres include Shaw's "O'Flaherty V.C." at the Mermaid Theatre and Bill Naughton's 'June Evening". He recently returned from the States where he directed "Much Ado About Nothing" at Stratford, Connecticut. His previous plays which were presented at the Royal Court Theatre, were "The Sleepers' Den" in 1965 and "A Provincial Life", based on Chekov's "My Life", in 1966. "Over Gardens Out", set in his home town of Cardiff, is his most recent.
Lighting by Andy Phillips
Sound by Nick Heppel
Stage Director Nick Heppel
D.S.M. Betty Richie
A.S.M. Rosslyn Main
S.A.S.M. Ben Westfried
Television sets supplied by Radio Rentals Ltd
Shop fittings supplied by The London Co-operative Society
Spectacles supplied by Clifford Brown Ltd.

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