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Cast & Crew

Sister Helena Carol Harrison
Sandy Stranger
Anouska Burrage
Monica Douglas
Kathryn Berril
Jenny Gray
Dee Townsend
Mary McGregor
Jo Nutt
Miss Jean Brodie
Patricia Coleman
Mis McKay
Mary Greaves
Mr Teddy Lloyd
Vince Howells
Mr Gordon Lowther
Tim Page
Younger pupils
Rosemary Chapman, Katharine Dowsett, Emily Downing, Angeli Modha, Melanie Revell
Soloist
Elizabeth York

Director Ursula Wright
Costume Consultant
Alison Dunmore
Lighting Design
Richard Walker
Set Construction
Nihad Shakir, Martin Winsley
Costumes
Alison Dunmore, Dorothy Granger, Pam Manning, Jean McNamara, Masque Costumes
Stage Manager
Clare Brittain
Deputy Stage Manager
Suzanne Wilson
Assistant Stage Managers
Rosemary Chapman, Bryony Horn
Continuity
Jane Lanchbury
Dialect Coach
Mabel Lilley
Dresser
Odette Townsend
Box Office
Mary Greaves
Front of House
Rob Kendall, Greta Hendy, David Ashton, Elaine Ashton
Publicity
Grace Ciappara
Poster Design
Tony Janney

A scene from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Production No. 319

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PROGRAMME NOTES
Ursula Wright, director


The world of this play is one that Muriel Spark knew well.

Born in 1918, she grew up in Edinburgh and went to James Gillespie's High School for Girls in the Thirties, where she was taught by a charismatic teacher called Miss Christina Kay, the inspiration for Jean Brodie.

ln an interview for the BBC, Muriel Spark said "We used to fantasize about her. She had it in her, unrealised, to be the character I invented."

Her novel, which this play dramatises, gives us a world full of contradictions: the opposing pull of Scottish Calvinism and Roman Catholicism (which she herself experienced), of progressive individualism and fascist control, of schoolgirl sexual naivete and devious adult manipulation.

Jean Brodie is representative of a whole generation of war-bereaved women, whose dreams of romantic fulfillment were trodden into the mud of the First World War.

But she is a teacher, who uses her influence to re-invent herself in her pupils, her "special" girls. She grooms them to live out her own dangerous fantasies.

But children can often see the truths that adults seek to hide and when, like her heroine The Lady of Shalott, she has to confront reality rather than view the world through a mirror of her own making, her spell is finally broken.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a study of the cult of personality, with all its dangers and attractions.

Dictators, great and small, are created and sustained by their followers.

2001
Northampton

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A scene from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark, dramatised by Jay Presson Allen

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