The Darling Buds of May
Date performed:
H E Bates
May 2007

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 Pop Larkin, who makes a fortune from scrap-iron deals but has never paid income tax, lives in rural idyllic bliss with generous-hearted Ma and their six children. When a young, earnest tax official, Mr Charlton, turns up one hot May afternoon in 1957 to investigate he is bewitched immediately by eldest daughter Mariette and it isn't long before he succumbs to the boisterous Larkin family charm and largesse.


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Pop Larkin Phil Gascoyne
Ma Larkin Edwina Gascoyne
The Children
Marriette Francesca Larkin
Montgomery Bradley D’Roza
Primrose Liz Hartley
Petunia Charlotte Gascoyne
Zinnie Laura Gascoyne
Victoria Bronte Cheetham
Mr Chariton (Charley) Ross Bannister
Miss Pilchester Andrea Howard
Pauline Jackson Augusta Harison-Denby
Angela Snow Jo Waterhouse
The Brigadier David Bramah
Sir George Bluff-Gore Stan Roe
Lady Bluff-Gore Carolyn Heslop
Tax Inspector Peter Howard
Edna Bridget Ball
Effie Maureen Heath
Man with dog Phil Redding with Glyn

Directors Roger Bingham
Pam Bush
Set design Roger Bingham
Set construction Bryan Ashcroft
Hansel D’Roza
Peter Howard
John Jakins
Phil Redding
Graham Ward
Set artwork Karen Andrews
Sam Andrews
Steve Hepper
Stage managers John Jakins
Richard Waterhouse
Sound Bryan Ashcroft
Lighting Paul Screaton
Special effects Hansel D'Roza
Properties Bridget Ball
Carolyn Heslop
Costumes Janet D'Roza
Continuity Kate Gibson
Frount of house manager Janet D'Roza
Friends of Tudor
Ticket secretaries Geoff & Lynn Randle
Graham & Ann Ward