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Past Productions

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

by Neil Simon

When seemingly endless misfortune blights the lives of Mel and Edna Edison, Mel's tolerance
of the high rise life they lead in a fourteenth story Second Avenue apartment, finally snaps, leaving
him on the edge of a nervous breakdown. They just have to get out of this stressful life of paper
thin walls, noisy neighbours, barking dogs and the pressure of uncertain employment. They consider
any number of options: perhaps the simple life in Spain,
 perhaps running a summer camp for children?
But where's the money going to come from?  To whom do you turn in such a situation?  The family of
course!  Mel's older brother and his three sisters come to the rescue but they may be creating more
problems than they solve.
The play was written in 1971 but is as pertinent and fresh today as it was then. Neil Simon is one of
America's best and most prolific comedy writers with the ability to handle the most serious of subjects
with great good humour.  This is one of his best. Come and see it! 

The Cast

Mel Edison
edna Edison

Harry Edison




Roger Keating

Stan Jennings

Bethesda Wayne


Tony Hearn

Amanda Watkins

Gordon Stewart

Valerie Vaughan-Williams

Jeanette Bennett

Margaret Baldwin

Dave Baldwin

Nick Abel

Jane Jones

Lizzie Reekie

Director: Dave Baldwin

The Crew

Stage Manager Richard Worrall
Sound & Lighting Philip Preston
Stage Managers
Claire Bennett
Costume & Props Stella Truscott

Additional Thanks

15th November    Goodrich Village Hall  
21st November    Upton Bishop Millennium Hall 
22nd November   Fownhope Memorial Hall     
28th November    Burghill Simpson Hall 
29th November    Woolhope Village Hall

Author and Article


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by Pam Valentine

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by Neil Simon

Toured: October - November 2007

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by Brian Friel

Toured: July - August 2007

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by Shelagh Stephenson

Toured: March - April 2007

September in the Rain

by John Godber

Toured: Oct-Dec 2006

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by Willy Russell

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The Cemetery Club

by Ivan Menchal

Toured: March-May 2006

Duck Variations & The Problem

by David Mamet & A R Gurney Jnr

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Stepping Out

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

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by Hugh Janes

Toured: Jun-Aug 2005

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Toured: Feb-Mar 2005

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by Willie Russell

Toured: Sep-Oct 2004