Feb 6, 2019
Category: News
Posted by: Keith Nuttall


'ALLO ALLO' directed by Jennie Scott-Reid , to be performed on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, at Clavering Village Hall

Clavering Players Website

All My Sons (Miller)

Producer's Note

'All My Sons' is a powerful and moving play which draws a connecting line from the classical theatre of Ancient Greece via Ibsen to the modern age. It is a well-crafted classical tragedy. It adheres very much to the classical three-act pattern: exposition, conflict, catastrophe. It has unity of place and time, and it is a classic tragedy in the sense that the catastrophic events set in train during the first act becomes inevitable.

In watching this performance develop over the three months of rehearsal, I have become aware of what a deeply moral play it is. Big questions are asked about relationships between a man and his family and society and about attempts to make sense of one's life and beliefs; to find, as one of the characters says, "'s star of honesty before it goes out".

It's theme, as ever in the plays of Arthur Miller, is the big question of actions and consequences. Yet, as so often in Miller too, the big theme comes down to its effect on a small man and a family, and so becomes relevent to us all in its reply to the assertion that there's no such thing as society, only individual men and women living in individual families.

Arthur Miller, born in 1915, is one of the century's great playwrights. Among his well-known plays are 'Death of a Salesman', 'The Crucible', 'A View from the Bridge', 'After the Fall', and recently, 'The Ride Down Mount Morgan'. He has won many literary and drama prizes in his career. This year, he has an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, the recently filmed 'Crucible'.

It was 'All My Sons' that brought Miller to prominence when it was first performed. It was quickly made into a film in 1948 starring Edward G. Robinson as Joe and the young Burt lancaster as Chris.

Peter Simmons - 1997


Dr Jim Bayliss     Tim Middleton

Joe Keller           David Lewis

Frank Lubey       Matt Grady

Sue Bayliss        Lisa Makin

Lydia Lubey       Sue Clatworthy

Chris Keller        James Bentley

Bert                   Sam Watson

Kate Keller        Melissa Jones

Ann Deever       Charlotte Foster

George Deever  Keith Nuttall

REVIEW by Colin Spiro

The Players’ offering makes for compulsive viewing.

No praise is high enough for the Clavering Players' outstandingly powerful production of Arthur Miller’s 'All My Sons'.

To be honest, I tread with fear into the realms of amateur dramatics - never sure what to expect - but this dazzling offering was by far the best I’ve seen in my time with The Observer.