Programme Cover


a comedy by Mary Chase

directed by John Cummings

"It stands to reason no one has seen a rabbit six feet high - not often!
..... not often is right!"


The action takes place between the Dowd family home and Chumley's Rest sanatorium.

Act I

scene 1 - The Dowd hone, Into afternoon in spring.
scene 2 - Chumley's Rest, one hour late

Act II

scene 1. The Dowd home, about an hour later.
scene II - Chumleÿ s Rest. three hours later.

Act III - Chumley's Rest, a few minules later.


Director Notes

Elwood P. Dowd is a likeable, affable character, with a generous nature, a penchant for late-night bars and a best friend called Harvey, an invisible giant rabbit.

Elwood'ssister, Veta, frustrated in her attempts to marry off her daughter Myrtle Mae and ostracised from local society, finally tires of Elwood and his pal, and resolves to get rid of them once and for all.

The day finally arrives when his sister and niece are to commit Ellwood into Chumley's Rest, a sanatorium for the psychiatrically challenged. The appearance of Elwood heralds confusion and mayhem as we wonder who came to be committed, and who to commit! The figure of Harvey never very far from the action!

Harvey won a Pulitzer prize after first being performed in New York in 1944 and has subsequently been performed regularly all over the world.

Message from our Vice-Chairman

Welcome to the Burnley Garrick performance of Harvey, the third show of our 74th season. We hope that you enjoy it and recommend it to others.

The Garrick has changed much since it started in 1929. We no longer have the security of our own
theatre, a large active membership, or a waiting list for our season tickets. Today we play at the
Mechanics with its (and therefore our) future regularly in doubt; our active members have been reduced
to an enthusiastic few and our season ticket holders will soon be only half our audience - we depend
more and more on the box-office sales.

We still put on six varied plays every season for your entertainment. But how long will it last? Well, it will be for longer if you can help and that is not as hard as you think. Here are some ideas.

On Monday, January 27th (7.30 p.m. at Haggate), we are having a meeting to decide how to vitalise our
publicity organisation. We have to make our activities more widely known. Please come if you want to
help in any way or make suggestion. If you can't come contact me or have a word with any of the front-of -house staff.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you can help with poster distribution, publicity photographs, or updating our activities on the various intemet sites we use.

Thank you for coming. Enjoy your evening with the Garrick - may there be many more of them!
Nigel Catterall ( Vice-Chairman) Tel: 01282 719019

Going Abroad?

The Props department would welcome any old newspapers, magazines or currency from foreign holidays, to help build up our collection.

Our directors insist on authenticity wherever possible, but this is not always easy to achieve.

If you can help, please contact any committee member or telephone Kathleen Riley - 01282 429465