The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975


May Production 1990 - "Queer Street" by John Donald Kelly and "Departure" by Stephen Smith

Production Manager: Dennis Dell

Venue: Theater der Berufs- und Frauenfachschule, Kohlenberggasse, Basel

9/10/11 May 1990

Costumes and scenery on loaned from the Stadttheater Basel

Departure by Stephen Smith



Rosemary Gibbs      -     Sonia Dell

Mandy Gibbs           -     Helen Baldomero

Sheila Tippitt         -      Caroline Weisskopf

Dennis Tippitt        -      Kevin Hill


Director: Muriel Taylor

The action takes place on a Sunday afternoon in October in a secluded corner of a departure lounge at Gatwick Airport.

Stranded during the inevitable delay of a holiday flight to Spain, Rosemary - "I'm a one-parent family, you see" - and her not-very-bright daughter, Mandy, draw the reluctant Dennis and Sheila Tippitt into conversation. Sheila has suggested a holiday to try to right her ailing marriage. Rosemary is looking for a husband for Mandy. The comic tone of the play shifts continually between Rosemary's malapropisms and Dennis' grimly humorous bigotry.

Queer Street by John Kelly



Mrs Hart            -     Sue Stafford

Mr Hart               -      Ted Ford

Tania Guenther     -      Edith, their daughter

Albert Smith        -     Allan Saunders

Joe Smart          -      Andrew Steel

A Detective       -     Bryan Taylor


Directors: Joy Scherer and Oscar Baldomero

Somewere in a sittingroom in London, Bill Hart earns a comfortable, if somewhat perilous living as a burglar, but his equilibrium is shockingly upset when his daughter Edith becomes engaged to one Albert Smith - a policeman. That night when Albert calls, Bill pretends to be a plumber.



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