When we are Married

September 2004

Adapted from the stage hit by J. B. Priestly, When We Are Married is a barbed satire of smug British conservatism. Set in turn-of-the-century Yorkshire, the story concerns three middle-aged married couples, who tend to look askance towards anyone who does not come up to their high moral and religious standards. These pecksniffs are especially critical towards those who advocate a break from the repressive sexual taboos of the era. Imagine their dismay, then, when all three couples discover that they’re not legally married. Their efforts to hide this fact, and their eventual comeuppance, provides several hearty laughs. When We Are Married remains a favorite of the British repertory circuit, due to its large number of colorful and well-rounded characters.


The newspaper clippings also talks about a small play “The Dock Brief” which was performed at the Suffolk One Act Play Festival in Haverhill. The show came second, however Les Roberts won the best actor award for his performance as Fowle. Richard Fitt played Morganhall, and Glenys Shaw directed.


Ruby Birtle

Charli Evans

Gerald Forbes

Tom Langdale

Mrs Northrop

Sylvie Townsend

Nancy Holmes

Asli Tamer

Fred Dyson

David Bailey

Henry Ormonroyd

Lol Smith

Alderman Joseph Helliwell

Paul Riddy

Maria Helliwell

Tracy Gould

Councillor Albert Parker

Darren Smyth

Herbert Soppitt

Lee Parker

Clara Soppitt

Ruth Montgomery-Law

Annie Parker

Julie Allwright

Lottie Grady

Jo Travers

Rev Clement Mercer

Mike Delany



Les Roberts