by

 

Mary Chase

November 2008

Directed by Deborah Anne Young

   Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey, a six-foot, three inch tall rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behaviour embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter from future embarrassment. But when they arrive at the sanitarium the doctors commit Veta instead, when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.

  When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley and his business partner, Dr. Sanderson. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being, and you know what b******s they are!" (in the words of a taxi cab driver) does Veta realize that she'd rather have Elwood the same as he's always been - carefree and kind - even if it means living with Harvey.

CAST

 

Myrtle Mae Simmonds    Dawn Popplewell

Veta Louise Simmonds   Marilyn Towler

Elwood P Dowd               Ian Stratford

Miss Johnson                  Barbara Woolnough

Mrs Ethel Chauvenet      Shirlee Grundy

Ruth Kelly                       Claire Wilson

Wilson                             Peter Baker

Lyman Sanderson MD    Adam Popplewell

William Chumley             Jeff Wilks

Betty Chumley                Shirlee Grundy

Judge Gaffney                Meg Stratford

Cab Driver                      Philip Madgett