Otford Players

Entertaining Otford since 1975

Candleford resized


The following is taken from the programme:

Flora Timms was born in 1876 at Juniper Hill on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border. Her father was a builder's labourer. At 14 she left school to work as a post office clerk. She married John Thompson (who eventually became the post-master), and supplemented their meagre income with her jounalistic talent. Her childhood is remember in the three autobiographical books she wrote, later published as 'Larkrise to Candleford'. Through the eyes of a third person. Laura, a vanished world of agricultural custom and rural culture is evoked. In 'Candleford' the audience is invited to join the village community on the day of a local hunt meet, in mid winter.


John Gaskin, Lavina, Mrs Andrews - Carol Bent

Zillah - Joan Buck

Emma Timms, Narration - Sonia Church

Minnie, Ruby - Sarah Crean

Dorcas Lane - Jean Gunderson

Young Laura - Emma Jones

Laura - Sonia Church

Mrs Macey - Sally Maycock

Villager and Chorus - Jan Pottle

Joe's Mother - Pat Smith

Mrs Gubbins - Ruth Spon

Cinderella Doe, Mrs Gasgoigne - Liz Wrighton

Robert Bowler, Mrs Peverill - Ann Zutshi

Sir Austin, Ben Trollope - Colin Blackburn

Bavour - Chris Cole

Edmund Timms, Bobby - Liam Crean

Bill - Mike Goddings

Matthew - Ken Gunderson

Jollife, Mr Cochrane - Phillip Knight

Sir Timothy - Brian Osgood

Solomon - Chris Pottle

Postman Brown, Looney Joe - Colin Simpson

Wilkins - David Simpson

Arthur Timms, Landlord - Arthur Turner

John, Mr Coulson - Allen Watts

Sally - Andrea Newlands


Director - Tony Church

Original Music - John Hodges

At the Piano - John Hodges

Behind the Scenes - Barbara Hine and Robert Marchant

Lighting Design - John Lucas

Lighting & Sound Assistants - Phil Knight and Ken Clark

Costumes - Joan Buck and Ruth Spon

Make-up - Evelyn Smith

Hair Styles - Tina Edwards

Box Office - Jean Clark

Publicity - Barbara Hine and Ken Gunderson

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