The hilarious comedy, ‘When We Are Married’, was written by J.B. Priestley in 1938 while he was living here on the Isle of Wight.

Set in a Yorkshire wool town in 1908, three well-to-do couples, each married on the same day in the same chapel by the same preacher, gather to celebrate their silver anniversary.  The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of the community so when they discover that the vicar wasn’t licensed they are horrified.   Realisation that they have been living in sin for the last 25 years brings out some stark home truths and an evening of farcical comedy erupts.  With a tipsy press photographer, a vindictive housekeeper, a sassy young maid and an unwelcome visitor all adding to the mayhem, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret?

This classic is full of laughs and surprises as the pandemonium switches from horrified social embarrassment to the realisation by some that they are free from the shackles of long, tedious marriages.  As a result, bullies get their come-uppance and the hen-pecked are hilariously liberated!


Director                          Ginnie Orrey

Assistant Director      Julie Ham

Ruby Birtle                       Ruby Dalloz

Gerald Forbes                  Patrik Tarin

Mrs. Northrop                 Marylyn Ford

Nancy Holmes                 Tia Jackson

Fred Dyson                       Graham Brown

Henry Ormonroyd          Michael Arnell

Joe Helliwell                     Paul Stevens

Maria Helliwell                Caroline Read

Albert Parker                    David Carr

Annie Parker                     Gwen Stevens

Herbert Soppitt                 Steve Taverner

Clara Soppitt                      Fiona Gwinnett

Lottie Grady                       Ellen Weeks

Reverend Mercer               Colin Ford