“Can you read?” was the question put to him by the attractive young woman. He said “Yes,” and a copy of Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter was thrust into his hand and he was told that he had the part of a small boy who would be wearing short trousers and have dirty knees.
This was Anthony Wheatcroft’s introduction to Chester Little Theatre. He had not long moved to Chester to take up a new job and knowing few people, he had wandered into the Theatre to offer his services as a set builder. He had no experience of acting or performing, but had a thorough knowledge of carpentry and using tools – not surprisingly, as his new job was with Priestner Saws, a firm which sharpened them. He never did get around to building sets. As a young man, he was immediately pounced upon by the Little Theatre’s directors to appear in their plays (the ability to read being the only initial requirement) and he – and they – discovered that he was very good at it.
But back to the business of sharpening tools. We are very pleased to announce that Priestner Saws, the firm which Anthony now runs, is sponsoring the Chester Little Theatre’s production of The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, directed by Marian Newman.
The Homecoming is a dark, brilliant comedy which centres around a patriarchal family and looks at the return of one of the three sons and his wife to the family home after six years absence and the repercussions that ensue. Described as Pinter’s best of his early works, the play is bitingly funny with acerbic dialogue and honestly raw characters. The role of the patriarch, Max, has been memorably played by such actors as Warren Mitchell and Paul Rogers.
Book your tickets now to see the dysfunctional family for yourselves!
Below: Anthony checking the sharpness of a saw and further down, his appearance as a drunk customer in a Little Theatre production of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.