Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

The experiences portrayed in this play closely mirror those of the three well known Beirut hostages Brian Keenan, John McCarthy and Terry Waite. None of the three characters depicted, however, are intended to be based on any specific personalities. Brian Keenan, though, in his forward to the play, testifies to its chilling closeness to the reality of their situations. After a long period of holding back he eventually attended a performance of the play and said that it was ‘like seeing an old photograph and instantly recalling unwanted memories….’


‘The compressed production schedule was perhaps something that worked against us, and I would handle differently if I found myself in the same position in the future.’

‘Having said that I was blown away by the commitment of the members who came on board and gave it their best shot to bring everything together.’

‘I enjoyed the challenging mix of new talent, seasoned performers and role sharing that went in to the piece and managed to blend together despite the minimal rehearsal time; it was an incredibly feat.’

‘It was great fun working with friends who helped out with original music, narrative, support and sheer enthusiasm, all helping to interpret my ideas.’

‘The biggest regret was that we were unable to persuade more of the public to come and see it, but it was great fun having a cup of tea and a chat with those that did make it.’

‘I’m hugely grateful to everyone who contributed, right through from the preparation to the staging.’

‘I hope everyone involved with the next play, due to be staged from the 16th to the 19th of November, has as much fun as I did with The Face of Shakespeare.’

Gloria Keaveny

‘The Face of Shakespeare’ Programme

Narrators:- John Gordon, Caroline Harris and Laura Furlong

‘When The Daisies Pied’  with Anne Rycroft/Katherine Littler

‘King Richard’ with Sylvia Poole

‘The Taming Of The Shrew’ with Graham Ford/Sally-Anne Rafferty

‘Where The Bee Sucks’ with Anne Rycroft/Katherine Littler

‘Robert Greene’ with Jean James

‘Romeo And Juliet’ with Sylvia Poole and Freya Thompson

‘Sonnet 130’ with Caroline Harris/Laura Furlong

‘Comedy Of Errors’ with Sue Baker

‘Hamlet’ with Jean James

‘Merry Wives’ with Annette Toms and Wendy Ash

‘King John/Constance’ with Niki Davison

‘As You Like It’ with Peter Sanders

‘Macbeth’ with Annette Toms

‘Second Best Bed’ with Barbara Johnson

How could we, as the Abbots Langley Players not mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death this year? This was the beginning of the thought process that led to the production. It also made me think, that as William Shakespeare wrote for the people, all members who wanted to perform a piece of his work could do so. The result, I believe, is an interesting view on our thoughts of the man. I hope you will find something you know, see/hear something new and learn a new fact about Will. We have not had our usual 12 weeks of planning/rehearsal and I have drawn on new talent to help in this project. I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the cast and “behind the scenes” people who have made this production something I am very proud of. Enjoy…

Gloria – Director