Past Productions

Whistle Down the Wind

4th – 11th October 2014

Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough-produced film, 'Whistle Down the Wind' follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young.

The story unfolds around the time and place where the word teenager was invented. Swallow, a 15 year-old girl growing up in America’s deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn. When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ”, it’s as if all her prayers have been answered. Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside - the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding it their midst. As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music with lyrics by acclaimed rock ’n roll songwriter Jim Steinman. The score contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world with the traditional values of the old days – something which the community at the heart of 'Whistle Down the Wind' yearns to return to.

Production Details

Production Team:

Directors - Sarah & Jonathan Dyer
Musical Directors - Allan & Karen Gillespie
Production Secretary - Cathy Penney


Cast:
The Man - Gregory Aston
Swallow - Lauren Bott
Brat - Ellie Cousins
Poor Baby - Oliver Dyer
Amos - Keir Kille
Candy - Hannah Bennett
Boone - Malcolm White
Edward - William Browne
Sheriff - David Morris
Snake Preacher - Tim Jones
Earl - Stephen Bennett
Minister - Matt Pinless

Ensemble - Judi Allan, Janice Allen, Lionel Bassett, Colin Cooper, Sarah Evans, Chris Hannant, Ann Hargreaves, Peter Hughes, Rosie Marsland, Oliver Ryder, Lauren Stevens, Karen Townsend, Carys Whitby and Sophie Williams
Children’s Ensemble - Grace Anstis, Molly Champion-Pinchin, Lottie Dyer, Freddie Gare, Isabel Johnson, Amber King, Lily Marsland, Megan Marsland, Connor May, Polly Saunders, Paddy Sherringham, Megan Silsby and Daisy Williams

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