Hans, The Witch and the Gobbin - 50 years on

 

Originally planned for 14 July 2018, please note that the production has been moved to 1 September 2018, to enable more people to take part.  

We now have a complete cast for this production, but welcome offers of help backstage and with costumes are very welcome. Please contact fstenning@hillingdon.gov.uk

REHEARSALS: Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons at Compass Theatre between May and August 2018.

PERFORMANCE: 11am and 3pm on Saturday 1 September 2018 at Compass Theatre.  Tickets can be booked here. 

THE PLAY:

Hans, The Witch and the Gobbin was written by Alan Cullen, an actor and writer held in very high regard by many, including Sir Ian McKellen and Alan Ayckbourn, particularly for the plays he wrote to be enjoyed by children.  The play was first performed at the Library Theatre in Manchester, ten years before Compass Theatre was built. From December 1967 to February 1968, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre ran the play with a young Michael Gambon in the cast. Later that year, the people responsible for building, what was then known as Ickenham Youth Theatre, decided that Hans, The Witch and the Gobbin would be the first production in this new community theatre.   The play is a charming and funny play, with 3 acts and a prologue.  

THE CHARACTERS: 

HANS, a young, romantic medical student enjoying a picnic breakfast in the Royal Park. The Princess and Hans are the heroes in our story.

GOB, a funny, hungry gobbin, with some magical powers, hoping to share Hans’ picnic and offering to make him famous.

PRINCESS ALICIA, the Princess, daughter of King Rufus and whose mysterious illness and beauty draws Hans into our story.

CASTOR, a Royal Physician tasked with curing the Princess. One half of the play’s comical double-act: 2 well paid private doctors, out to keep their cushy jobs at all costs.

SENNA, a Royal Physician tasked with curing the Princess. Other half of the play’s comical double-act: 2 well paid private doctors, out to keep their cushy jobs at all costs.

KING RUFUS, the King of Ickenham, Rufus shouts a lot (mainly at poor Scratch) and is desperate to uncover who’s behind his daughter’s condition.

SCRATCH, the King's secretary, Scratch struggles to keep up with all King’s proclamations, doing her best to remain professional under pressure. Her Aunt is Mrs Crabtree and Scratch is proud to suggested the King might make use of her professional services.

DAISY CROWFOOT, "a fantastical figure, a witch unmistakably. A crazy, restless creature, whose every movement expresses eccentricity." Daisy is stealing memories and enjoys tricking those out to stop her. She’s able to move house at a moment’s notice (literally) and is the owner of a magic box that can offer helpful gossip once opened.

MRS HYPATIA CRABTREE, Scratch’s aunt and a very intense person, Mrs Crabtree wears a badge that gives her credentials as; "League of Vigilance. Witch-Finder, 1st Class and Dowser Extraordinary. 10 Years' Loyal Service. (and on the back), Awarded to Hypatia Crabtree for Outstanding Zeal in the Pursuit of Witches. She Always Gets Her Witch."

SYLVESTER, a swineherd watching 2 special pigs belonging to the Queen of the Forest. "Exquisitely, even ostentatiously dressed and looks quite out of place in such rural surroundings." Normally invisible, the swineherd and pigs can sometimes be spotted on a leap year. This character helps Hans and the Princess on their hunt for stolen memories, introducing them to the Queen of the Forest and the pigs; Hank and Hunk - who’s oinks Sylvester is able to interpret.

HANK, a magical dancing pig, looked after and translated for by Sylvester, "wearing a lace collar and blue bow on the tail." With best friend Hunk at all times, Hank provides entertainment and vital assistance to Hans and the Princess.

HUNK, a magical dancing pig, looked after and translated for by Sylvester, "wearing a lace collar and blue bow on the tail." With best friend Hank at all times, Hunk provides entertainment and vital assistance to Hans and the Princess.

THE QUEEN OF THE FOREST, Ruling Ruislip Woods from her Grotto, surrounded by statues, the Queen of the Forest is so self conscious about her looks that she keeps her face hidden.

THE SETTING: 

Prologue - The Grounds of Ickenham Hall

Act One - The Palace of Rufus, King of Ickenham

Act Two - Ruislip Woods / Queen of the Forest's Grotto

Act Three - Ruislip Woods / Queen of the Forest's Grotto

Set 50 years ago - 1 September 1968, starting just after breakfast and ends before supper.

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