Jupiter LaughsBy A J Cronin
Produced by Kit McCulloch
Farnworth Drama Festival
The Co-oprative Hall, Farnworth
2nd - 5th February
Frank and Doreen are to the right, on the small sofa. To the left in the armchair is Irene Berry and perched on the arm is Brian Jackson - the couple also married.
Dr Paul Venner ........ John Ward
Dr Mary Murray ........ Irene Berry
Albert Chivers ........ George Moore
Martha Foster ........ Martha Ruscoe
Jennie ........ Margret M. Stott
Dr George Thorogood ........ Brian Jackson
Dr Edgar Bragg ........ Fred W. Burton
Gladys Bragg ........ Doreen J Shepherd
Dr Richard Drewett ........ Frank Finlay
Matron Leeming ........ Anne Owens
This production of Jupiter Laughs was sponsored by the Farnworth Drama Festival Committee. The play was popular with amateur theatre companies at the time and is a three act drama about a doctor and his love interest, who hopes to become a medical missionary. Frank's future wife Doreen was also in the cast.
The play was first staged in Glasgow at the King's Theatre in 1940 and starred Henry Longhurst, Catherine Lacey and James Mason. In interesting theatrical connections - Frank would go on to be represented by the same agent as James Mason - Al Parker.