The Secret TentProgramme Cover

A drama by Elizabeth Addyman

Directed by Norman Cope


The whole action takes place in the living room of an old cottage in East Kent during four days in October in the fifties.

Act 1
Act II

Curtain Music: Dvorak's Piano and String Qunitet in A


Production Manager -Clifford Spencer
Set Designer - Andrew Husband
Set Construction - Roy Forrest and Team
Stage Manager - Giles Williams
Lighting & Sound - Matthew Peel and Team
Properties - Anne Cottam
Wardrobe - Lynne Atkinson
Prompt - Dorothy Spencer
Programme - Martin Chadwick
Poster Design - Mark Storton

SPOTLIGHT on the Director - Norman CopeNorman

In 1966 a young 11-year old schoolboy saw a feature in the Burnley Express on Burnley Garrick Club and thought he might be interested in helping. That young man was Norman Cope, and when he turned up at the Phoenix Theatre in Hammerton Street he was promptly put to work by the, then, Chairman, the late George Ridley, sticking leaves on the set for the forthcoming production of The Little Hut.

Five years later Norman made his on-stage début in The Sacred Flame and has gone on to play many memorable roles for Burnley Grammar School, the Highcliffe Players, Burnley Light Opera Society, St. Stephen's Operatic Society and Oswaldtwistle Players, as well as the Garrick. He is also a founder member of Burnley Youth Theatre.

During his 30 year involvement in local theatre he nominates the roles of Ken in Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Tommy in Breezeblock Park and Emperor Franz Josef in Amadeus as the ones he has enjoyed playing the most.

His talent and dedication earned him an invitation on to the Club's committee and in 1989 he became Honorary Treasurer. For the past few years he has been encouraged to try his hand at directing but had always fought shy of it until the director for The Secret Tent remained vacant.

After hearing the play during our readings in June he was so impressed with it he decided this was a play he could make his directing début with.

We wish him success with it and hope it is the first of many productions to receive his thorough but sympathetic approach.