Tinker's Curse

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A play by British playwright William Corlett. Takes us to three summer days in a lost world, a clearing by a forgotten summer-house.

The cast consists of four members. The biggest roles are those of a teenage couple who, shunning social responsibilities, decide to shack up together.

The original text

First produced in Nottingham, 1968. Published in Plays of the Year, 34, 1968.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Produced and directed by John Hayter, 1970 (?) starring John Rogers, Caroline Cater and Elliot Playfair. Cape Town and H.B. Thom Theatre.

Production by the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival, at the Mannville Open Air Theatre from December 15 - 22, 1973. Produced by Helen Mann. Starring Lyn Aspeling as Lucy, Bruce Sanderson as Justin, Alf Porter as Gibbon the tramp, and Roy Williams (the Doctor). Backstage crew included Louis Bles and Walter Turner (Lighting), Des Murrell (Stage Manager). The show was the first non-Shakespearean drama to be staged at Mannville.


Doollee [1].

Theatre programme held by NELM: [Collection: MANN, Bruce]: 2011. 369. 1. 10.

Original production ticket and publicity flyer of the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival.

Evening Post, December 11, December 12, and December 13, 1973.

Eastern Province Herald, November 21, 1973.

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