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A Voyage Round My Father

by John Mortimer

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"My father was blind but we never mentioned it."

A funny and poignant autobiographical play by John Mortimer (creator of Rumpole of the Bailey) about growing up in the shadow of his blind and eccentric father. Mortimer senior was a renowned divorce barrister whose tea-time conversation could be expected to take in music hall songs, adultery, evolution, the ridiculous inconvenience of sex, Shakespeare, the importance of avoiding the temptation to do anything heroic in wartime, and the nightly ritual of drowning the earwigs that plague the garden he tends but cannot see. As well as introducing us to a gallery of memorable and often hilarious characters, the play offers a delicate exploration of the relationship between fathers and sons.

First performed in 1971 with Alec Guinness and Jeremy Brett as the father and son, the play was also filmed by the BBC with Laurence Olivier and Alan Bates and revived by the Donmar in 2006 with Derek Jacobi.

at the Welsh Church Hall
879 Leytonstone High Road
E11 1HR

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8 adults, 5 concessions
Special rate for parties*

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Fri 2 November 2012, 8pm
Sat 3 November 2012, 2.30 and 8pm

Fri 9 November 2012, 8pm
Sat 10 November 2012, 2.30 and 8pm

*1 free full price ticket for every 9 (full price and/or concessions) booked. If booking online, please pay for all tickets and a cash refund will be given at the Box Office. Note there is now no longer any extra charge for booking online.

Father Oliver Clement
Son Matthew Pert
Mother Liz Braithwaite
Elizabeth Shahrzad Nouraini
Ham/Mr Morrow/Doctor Ben Wille
Headmaster/Boustead/Sparks Mo Wootten
Film Director/Ensemble Stuart Clark
Japhet/Judge/Ensemble Vaughan Thomas
Mr Thong/George/Ensemble Mike Withnall
Ringer Lean/Ensemble Gerald Fitzpatrick
Cameraman/Ensemble/Judge Kevin Byrne
Witness/Ensemble Jackie Withnall
Miss Cox/Doris Salley Rear
Miss Baker/ATS Lindsay Morrison
ATS/Miss Ferguson/Ensemble Rachel Peter
Mrs Reigate/Ensemble LJ Hickerton
Son as a Boy/Second Boy Kai Holland
Reigate/First Boy Harvey Saunders
Iris/Girl Lucy Dodd
Director Gill Taylor
Producer Lesley Winterflood
Stage Manager/Set Design Rachel Narborough
Sound Peter Raggett
Lighting Rob Benton, Katharina Alex,
Peter Raggett, Danny Mullings
Costumes Victoria Bettelheim
Make-up Jeannette Tucker
Set construction Stephen Cahill-Hayes, the cast
Music Robin Kimber
Front of House Managers Jenny Moorby, Richard Penney
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Images by and © Stephen Cahill-Hayes with additional photos by Vaughan Thomas and Andrew Harker
Poster design: Gill Taylor
Photos: Jeannette Tucker/Gill Taylor