A Tribute to A Special Theatre, by Michael Nelson


“Because amateur productions of An Inspector Calls are so numerous, drawing attention to one particular production is not something The Society would normally do.  But the forthcoming production by the Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth is one meriting special mention.  The reason is, firstly, because this is the the fourth production of a Priestley Play by the Talisman in only 10 years.  Beginning with Time and the Conways in 2003, the theatre presented the rarely-perfomed The Linden Tree in 2006 and then When We Are Married in 2007.  The second reason for highlighting its latest offering is that on the evidence of our seeing two of the previous productions we can vouch for the fact that the Talisman is undoubtedly among the most accomplished of amateur companies.  The Linden Tree was the last production directed by the late Sue Teers, a doughty champion of Priestley as well as a most accomplished director.  Sue was also a charming and brave lady who very sadly died only three weeks after the production and who it was my privilege and pleasure to meet, with her husband Bob, on several occasions.  We therefore highly commend the new production, which will run from 21 to 26 October.  Full details are available on the theatre’s website.”


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