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Spring Production 1996 - "Interior Designs" by Jimmie Chinn,

"A Cut in the Rates" by Alan Ayckbourn, "The Rats" by Agatha Christie, "Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell" by Keith Waterhouse

Schönes Haus, Nadelberg, Basel,

12/13/14/15/19/20/21 March 1997


Interior Designs by Jimmie Chinn

Directed by Flavio DeRosa


Rebecca Scriven as Holly

Wendy Schmitt as Amy

Sheila McKenzie as Irene

Michael Clarke as Him


Amy, Holly and Irene are three women leading solitary lives. Ambitious, independent or survivor – whatever their qualities they need help around the house. Enter a handyman, whose way with women will ensure that Amy, Holly and Irene will never forget “Him”.

A brutal portrait of man, woman and relationships.



A Cut in the Rates, by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Diana Zuger


Moira Hess as Miss Pickhart

Andrew Thompson as Ratchet

Marjan Tavengar as Rosalinda


When Miss Pickhart visits Ratchet, an illusionist, at his home on official Town-Hall business, she discovers some dark and sinister secrets from the past. Left alone in the cellar Miss Pickhart meets the vengeance-seeking ghost of Pickhart’s’ late wife Rosalinda. Will Miss Pickhart also meet Rosalinda’s fate, or are things not what they seem . . .



The Rats, by Agatha Christie

Directed by Molly Arnold


Helen Baldomero as Sandra Grey

Allen Holland as David

Suzan Wilson as Jennifer

Dennis Dell as Alec


When Sandra Grey and her lover David are invited for cocktails, they find an empty flat and a non-existent party. Puzzled and intrigued they wander around the flat. What is Jennifer doing there? Why does Alec also arrive for this non-existant party? What is the significance of the Kurdish Knife? . . . and the chest?

Jeffrey Barnard Is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse

edited and directed by David and Zuzana Cox



David Cox as Jeff

Zuzana Cox, Michelle Florin, Eric Collino, Edward Atkinson as Wives, Mistresses, Hacks, Hosts, Artists, Actors, Drunks, Bores, Jockeys, Trainers, Sinners and Saints . . .


“Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” is based upon the life and writings of Jeffrey Bernard or Jeff, a Soho slouch-about-town, who becomes accidentally locked in a pub for the night! A host of colourful characters all appear on stage to haunt and inspire Jeff through a life full of self-inflicted disasters!


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