A Play for Ronnie

A farce by Warren Chetham Strode
Wednesday 18 January 1961 - Saturday 21 January 1961
The Little Theatre, Old Royal Marines Camp, Butts Close, Faringdon
Directed by Bill Carter

Tickets were available from Carters (bakers & confectioners), 9 Market Place, Faringdon.

Set in the post-war forties, the play has the kind of plot based on mistaken identities that has one grinding one’s teeth with irritation. The play revolves around Mrs Agnes Thornton, a very emotional woman and the wife of an absent minded doctor, who writes plays. Then there is Ralph Dickie, the playwright who is staying in the Thornton house under false pretences to gather material and “Mouse”, the daughter of the house, a subdued unworldly young girl, and with whom he is in love.

The action of the play takes place in the hall sitting room of Dr. Thornton’s house, about fifty miles from London.


Standing: Jonathan Bayley, Norman Yates-Fish, Diana Burtwell, Eileen Heath, Sam Heath; Sitting: Sally Bayley, Kathleen Daish.


John Lott & Sally Bayley. Eileen Drew not in photos.


The last act of “A Play for Ronnie” was entered for the Swindon Theatre Guild Drama Festival. This was held at the Arts Centre, Swindon, during March.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Agnes Thornton - Kathleen Daish
Mike Thornton - Jonathan Bayley
Bertha - Eileen Heath
Dr. David Thornton - Sam Heath
Angela Thornton ('Mouse') - Sally Bayley
Ralph Dickie - John Lott
Helen Dugdale - Eileen Drew
Sir Ronald Ronson - Norman Yates-Fish
Ursula Dawson - Diana Burtwell

See programme for further details.

Production No.33 (4 shows were performed over 4 days)