The Clearing

by

Helen Edmundson

SYNOPSIS

The Clearing is set in 17th century Ireland, as Cromwell's men are systematically transporting women and children, and forcing Irish landowners and English royalists off their land. Robert Preston, politically neutral, apparently, with no inheritance in England but possessed of lands in Ireland, is married to Madeleine, an Irish woman. When Madeleine's childhood friend Killaine is taken by English soldiers to be sent to the West Indies, she pleads with the English governor, Sir Charles Sturman, for her release. Sturman's response is to order Madeleine and Robert to be transplanted with their child to barren Connaught, in the west of Ireland. But Robert refuses to go.

DIRECTOR

Patricia Peggs

CAST

Killaine Farrell

Susi Bott

Pierce Kinsellagh

Daoud Benedetti

Solomon Winter

Alan Bridgman

Susaneh Winter

Joan Bridgman

Robert Preston

Terry Menard

Madeleine Preston

Sylvia Lynch

Sir Charles Sturman

David Roscoe

A Commissioner of Transplantation

Tom Hofmaenner

A Sailor

Tom Hofmaenner

An Appeal Judge

Tom Hofmaenner

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Stage Manager

Dorothy Nauer

Set Design

Christian Brandenburg

Lighting Design

Sonia Maechler

Ligting Crew

Luke Walker, Enel Miller, Megan Spence, Dustin Rees

Sound

Martin Russell, Matthew Harte

Properties

Janet Evard, Sheila von Arx

Costumes

Ann Grosfort, Noeleen Blaich

Make-up and Wigs

Christine Eusebio, Paul Day, Sylvia Hintermeister

Prompters

Valery Niggli, Jo Dennis

Programme Design

Janine Fuchs

Programme Editor

Peter Shenton

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