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Walk into my Parlour

Well-to-do 18th century Edinburgh merchant Andrew Gillespie has three problem daughters, unmarried and a burden on his purse.

With the assistance -- and misadventures -- of his wife, Kirstie, he sets about trapping a son-in-law, the Reverend William Hare, who evades every trap laid for him while extracting additions to his kirk funds from the unwilling merchant.

However, two of the girls have plans of their own and, despite Andrew's fumbling opposition, they end up successfully paired with most unsuitable suitors -- the Honorable Charles Moult, a penniless English dandy, and Johnny Mowat, a servant lad. Meanwhile the third daughter's scheme to become the wealthy widow of elderly rake Archie McNeffie goes hilariously adrift.

The action is set in the best room of the Gillespie home in Edinburgh around 1780.

This Edinburgh Festival Fringe production was directed by Effie Robertson.

Cast:
Andrew Gillespie, a prosperous leather merchant -- Don Arnott
Kirstie, his wife -- Dorsay Larnach
Agnes, their first daughter -- Su Jeffreys
Margaret, their second daughter -- Mairi Beaver
Elizabeth, their third daughter -- Sarah Wylie
Rev William Hare, the new minister -- John Somerville
Archibald McNeffie, a wealthy widower -- John McColl
Hon Charles Moult, an English dandy -- Mike Paton
Johnnie Moffat, servant to McNeffie -- Billy Renfrew

Production:
Set design -- Derek Blackwood
Lighting design -- Stephen Hajduckie
Stage Manager -- Lee Dempsey
Wardrobe -- Ali Currie
Properties -- Linda Ward, Kate Grimes, Maggie McConnell
Continuity -- Marjory McColl
Sound / Lighting Operators -- Kristina Simpson, Alison Buckley
Set construction -- Derek Blackwood, Clem Allan

For the Company:
Front of House Co-ordinator -- Alex Purves
Catering Manager -- Jenny Calcott
Box office -- Maggie McConnell, Alison Kennedy, Pat MacLeod
Business Manager -- Don Arnott
Marketing Secretary -- Phyllis Ross
Photography -- Mariona Donohoe
Graphic design -- Graham Kells

Walk into my Parlour

by William Maconachie

7-21 August 2004

St Serf's Hall