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TITLE: Blithe Spirit  PLAYWRIGHT: Noel Coward  PERFORMANCE DATES: 20th - 22nd November 2003  DIRECTOR: Ken Davison 


Edith (a maid) Nicki Clay Ruth Pat Davison Charles David Lane Dr Bradman Terry Brown Mrs Bradman Kath Wilson Madame Arcati Jean Wall Elvira Carole Money Daphne Chloe Swain Click HERE for full Cast and Crew details 


Charles and Ruth Condomine await three dinner guests, one of whom is the celebrated  medium Madame Arcati, who is to hold a séance after dinner. The purpose of this  séance—although Madame Arcati is not told this—is to allow Charles to gather  background material for his new thriller, The Unseen. While waiting, Ruth attempts to  teach the new maid, Edith, some discipline and decorum. Conversation turns to the  subject of Charles’s former wife, Elvira, who died of a heart attack brought on by a fit of  uncontrollable laughter.  Ruth, who was also married before, claims that she does not mind in the least being  thought less attractive than Elvira, although the manner in which she brings the subject  up and Charles’s determination to avoid making any such judgment suggest that she  does mind. It seems that Ruth feels that she is still, in some sense, competing with her  predecessor for her husband’s affections. She suggests to Charles that he was  dominated by women throughout his life and still remains under Elvira’s spell. He  denies this but says that if it were so then Ruth is obviously the one presently running  his life. When the Condomines’ friends, the Bradmans, arrive, the discussion switches to the  topic of Madame Arcati, whom all know only by sight and reputation. Charles is  dismissive of her literary endeavors, which include fantasies for children and  biographies of minor members of the royal families of Europe. Madame Arcati  eventually arrives on her bicycle.  Before the séance begins, Madame Arcati puts the popular song “Always” on the  gramophone because her spirit guide—a child named Daphne—likes music. The  séance is rather chaotic to begin with, producing a good deal of table-rapping and an  abundance of sarcastic remarks that begin to annoy the medium. Charles’s mood  undergoes a dramatic change, however, when he hears Elvira’s voice speaking to  him—a voice that, as becomes clear, no one else (except, of course, the audience) can  hear. Madame Arcati faints, and when she regains consciousness...



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