Busman’s Honeymoon

A Love Story with Detective Interruptions

A comedy by Dorothy L.Sayers & M.St.Clare Byrne
Thursday 15 December 1949 - Friday 16 December 1949
Faringdon Corn Exchange, Corn Market, Faringdon SN7 7JA
Directed by Bill Carter

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.

A detective comedy in three acts. The action takes place in the Living Room at Tallboys over three days in October.

After an engagement of some months following the events at the end of Gaudy Night, Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane marry. They plan to spend their honeymoon at Talboys, an old farmhouse in Harriet’s native Hertfordshire which Wimsey has bought for her, and they abscond from the wedding reception, evading the assembled reporters. Arriving late at night, they are surprised to find the house locked up and not prepared for them. They gain access and spend their wedding night there, but next morning they discover the former owner, Noakes, dead in the cellar with head injuries. The quiet honeymoon is ruined as a murder investigation begins and the house fills with policemen, reporters, and brokers’ men distraining (seizing) Noakes’ hideous furniture.

See the programme for further details, it cost thrupence 3d (about 1p in today’s money).

busmans-honeymoon-1949-photoThis is the second play performed by Faringdon Dramatic Society and is the earliest for which we have any details.

Photo of the cast:
Back row: ??; William (Bill) Reeves; ??; Arthur Probert; ??; ??; William Perkins; Arthur Holifield; ??; ??;
Front row: ??; ??; Kathleen Allanson; Nancy Reeves;

The unspecified (??) are: Llewelyn Williams; Margaret Bolton; Molly Heavens; Rees Dee; Tom Bartlett;  Stanley Mills; Alfred Cross; Ron Venn

“The scenery was made from an old crate and the stage was extended a further four feet by balancing tables on concrete blocks. That is how we started. Since then, we have learnt a lot (we think) about how to do things and how not to do things and here we are more or less at our journey’s end, but still learning a lot from that expert teacher, trial and error.”

2 shows were performed over 2 days.