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The Wind in the Willows

by Alan Bennett
based upon the book by Kenneth Grahame

Where and When

Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
June 2002


The River Bank
Mole Brian Schwarze
Rat Stephen Bolton
Toad Adrian Petyt
Badger Gilbert Collins
Albert Clarissa Beeson
Otter Philippe Millieret
Portley Ryutaro Yanagita
The Wild Wood
Chief Weasel Pedro Reichert
Norman Amanda Burton
Gerald Lauren Zervos
Fox Ingrid Oekland
The Wide World
Parkinson / Policeman / Train Driver Ali Aitken
Motorist Rupert Anthony Woods
Motorist Monica Kiki Aranita
Magistrate Tony Sabine
Clerk of the Court Rosi Jelfs
Gaoler’s Daughter Dan-Xia Bossard
Washerwoman Judi Bolton
Bargewoman Christine Baldwin
Gypsy Philippe Millieret

Production Team

Director Roberto Conte
Producers Jackie Huke and Stephen Bolton
Set Designer Roberto Conte
Costume Designer Roberto Conte
Make-Up Designer Tania Steivel
Stage Manager Urgyan Mueller
Musical Director Gethyn Clothier
Lighting Designer Jason Saunders
Lighting Technician Cheung Yat Lung
Production Assistant Dilip Vaswani


Food by Fone
Hawk Rent a Car
Santa Fe
Kid’s Gallery
Kindermusik by Catherine
Jo Dehaney
Natalie Haughton and RTHK
Sheilo Lo, Dymocks Star Ferry
Jun Mabaquaio
Mr Liu (Set Construction)
Artesian Engineering Co.

Stepping Out

by Richard Harris


Where and When

Lycos Asia Theatre, Fringe Club
9-13 April 2002


Lynne Liz Stone
Dorothy Anne-Louise (Lou) McWilliam
Mavis Mandy Petty*
Maxine Sally Speight
Andy Kathryn Ryan
Mrs Fraser Chris Baldwin
Geoffrey Mike Lloyd
Vera Meg Timmins
Sylvia Linda Cooley
Rose Sandi Luther
Woman/Fairy Ali Aitken
Stage Manager/MC Arvin Robles
Nigel Michael Lin / Stephen Boswell

Production Team

Director Penny Day
Producer Annie Mueller
Choreography Mandy Petty
Additional Choreography Penny Day
Production Design Ernie Corpus
Sound / Light Design Ernie Corpus
Finale Costumes Ricky Yuen
Stage Manager Stephen Boswell
Makeup Aurora Corpus


Robert Black College, HKU
Fonteyn Ballet Supplies
Perrier & Vittel
Dennis Zadra


Written and Directed by Chris Baldwin


Where and When

Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
5-14 Dec 2002


Oi-You Penny Day
Wishee Washee Mandy Petty*
Robin Hood Liz Stone
Widow Twankey Stephen Bolton
Aladdin Pedro Reichert
Abu Brian Schwarze
Dhabi Judi Bolton
Vizier Clarissa Beeson
Seraph Peter Baldwin
Seraphina Jackie Huke
Jade Krissy Lam
Sharon Hayley Louise Cromack
Genie of the Ring Michael Lin
Genie of the Lamp Meg Timmins


* Mandy Petty appeared by kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Production Team

Director Chris Baldwin
Producer Dilip Vaswani
Choreographer Mandy Petty
Set Designer Roberto Conte
Costume Designer Roberto Conte
Stage Designer Bob Seary
Musical Director Gethyn Clothier
Lighting Designer Colin Wolstencroft
Make-Up Designer Margaret Wright


Sante Fe
Kindermusik by Catherine
Hardys Folk Club
Hong Kong Singers
Kid’s Gallery
Gavin Woods – Cain & Lui
Food by Fone
Natalie Haughton & RTHK
Hawk Rent a Car
Spencer Chan
Worldwide Flight Services

The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde


Where and When

McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
24-28 September 2002

Cast (alphabetical by actor’s surname)

Canon Chausuble Stephen Bolton
Cecily Chloe Davis
Lane/Merriman Clive Harrison
Gwendolyn Angharad James
Lady Bracknell Priscilla Jones
Algernon Siddarth Kapur
Jack Tony Sabine
Miss Prism Emily Wilson

Production Team

Director Stephen Bolton
Producer Dilip Vaswani
Set Designer Roberto Conte
Costume Designer Roberto Conte
Stage Manager Ali Aitken
Lighting Designer Ernesto Maurice Corpus
Sound Ernesto Maurice Corpus
Props Tony Sabine
Programme Designer Peter Espina
Print Production Neerja Sujanani
Cast Photographs Stephen Bolton
Publicity Photographs Stephen Bolton
Front of House Jackie Huke


South China Morning Post

Friday September 27 2002

Oscar Wilde’s famous play bristles with formidable characters that jostle for attention as they deliver their brutal put-downs. The knack lies in the actors submerging themselves in their dialogue and delivering their lines with comic understatement and precision timing.

It’s a tricky manoeuvre – not least because each character seems to be consistently reciting acerbic one-liners – but the Hong Kong Players, under the assured direction of Stephen Bolton, rose to the occasion and made it seem almost effortless. And the audience responded in kind, to the extent that it was virtually sniggering in anticipation of the play’s most memorable line – Lady Bracknell’s “to lose one parent … may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness”.

Overall this polished production was virtually seamless in its delivery, with each member of the cast reveling in the spectacle and making a tangible and individual contribution. Siddarth Kapur’s Algernon was endearingly urbane as one of the two men using the same pseudonym, which backfires when they fall in love with different women. Priscilla Jones’ Lady Bracknell was distinctly draconian as the forbidding embodiment of Britain’s Queen Victoria, who ruled the British empire at the time Wilde wrote his play, while Angharad James was masterful in making Gwendolyn a crashing snob with a heart of gold. And Roberto Conte’s sets and costumes were attractive yet functional without overly distracting from the characters themselves.

David Phair