The Directors

Mere has been fortunate in its choice of directors, probably the most unenviable task of any amateur company.

Beryl Gray took her responsibility seriously, risking life and limb to walk from her school in Tollard Royal through deep snow in order to get to a dress rehearsal of Night was Our Friend in January 1954. With sacking tied around her legs she walked the whole distance arriving at the Lecture Hall at 2pm when the rehearsal commenced.

Alastair Bannerman, noted for his spectacular productions at Stourhead, directed Fools Paradise and Breath of Spring for the Society with his wife Elizabeth taking part.

Kenneth Mosse won high esteem with his productions of Murder at the Vicarage, Ladies in Retirement, Rock a Bye Sailor, and I'll Get My Man.

Helen Carrington travelled from Tisbury to direct the company in plays such as Celebration and When We are Married.

Peter Brewer directed The Happiest Days of Your Life in 1975 and the Society revived this play for its jubilee production.
With some of the original cast taking part it was directed by Di Potter who has more usually filled the role of Stage Manager, but is no stranger to directing with Cat on the Fiddle and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime to her credit.

More recently Pip Brown and Jane Smith have shown their talent at this exacting task.

In such a small society members often have to turn their hands to many jobs including that of director. Among the stalwarts who have both acted and directed are Dorothy George, Jeanette Francis, Pip Potter, Maggie Durkee, Mary White, Alan Glide and the arch-villain of our pantomimes, Chris Wood.