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Exeter Drama Company

Tinder Box 1956

In the Tinder Box, by Nicholas Stuart Gray, Peter, a wounded soldier disbanded from the army, is homeless, hungry and alone. Due to the folly of a wicked old witch, a magic tinder box falls into Peter's possession. He realises the tinder box has magical properties. He becomes a very wealthy and generous nobleman, and falls in love with a princess. The king and queen have been told by a fortune teller that their daughter will marry a soldier. They are mortified by this and lock up their daughter. Meanwhile, the witch is desperate to find Peter and retrieve the box, and takes a position as lady-in-waiting to the imprisoned princess. But with the help of his magical friends, Peter manages to combat the witch, win the hand of the princess and bring respectability to the 'common soldier'.

Tinder Box

Compare with our Tinder Box from 1968

The White Dog ................. Elinor Lavelle
Peter ................. Andrew Mitchell
The Witch ................. Enid Newport
Shemozzle ................. Dorothy Reeves
Kuruffle ................. Diane Vickery
Black Dog ................. Sylvia Lyle
Black and White Dog ................. Jean Lord
The King ................. Jim Greenslade
Duke Eldred ................. Robert Dendle
Lord Bartham ................. Howard Probert
A Wierd Face ................. Ian Ley
Kurtz................. Leslie Robinson
Princess Gisella ................. Hilary Dawes
Voice of the Spinning Wheel ................. Monica Wilkins
Countess Helga ................. Joy Hatherley
The Queen ................. June Harrison
A Servant ................. Philip Boobyer
First Soldier ................. Philip Boobyer
Second Soldier ................. Tom Soundy
Court Ladies ................. Kay Abbott, May Hole, Meriel James,
Olive Mitchell, Vera Probert,
Joyce Wannell, and Mary Webb
Soldiers ................. Ian Ley, Charles Mitchell, Jill Dwyer,
Valerie Hardiman, Glenys Jones, Nora Lock,
Jennifer Waldron and Sylvia Stone
The Dancers ................. Pauline Barrett, Joy Cann, Jacqueline Finch,
Janic Glanville, Barbara Pegler,
Lynne Rowe and Esme Wyke
Produced by ................. Frederica Romanska