When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout

Louise Gold appeared as Vari, 24 August - 9 September 1989 at Colchester Mercury Theatre



 Fiona - Liz Brailsford

Vari - Louise Gold

Morag (Fiona's Mother) - Helen Fraser

Ewan - Jan Lower


Production Team

Author - Sharmn MacDonald

Original Production – November 1984 at The Bush Theatre, with Celia Imrie as Vari

Producer/Director - Elizabeth Gorla

Lighting Designer - Jim Bowman

Set Designer - Jackie Trousdale 

Costume Design – Gilly Crowther

Sound by –Christine Piper

Dialect Coach – Barbara Berkery

On The Book – Marianne Stratton

Stage Manager – David Parker

Deputy Stage Managers – Judith Cound, and, Marianne Stratton

Technical ASM – David Coster

Thanks To – Colchester Leisure Centre


The action of play takes place on a rocky beach on the East coast of Scotland, in the year 1983, to which Morag (59) and Fiona (32) have returned after 17 years.

If Fiona s meant to be 32, then presumably her childhood Best Friend Vari is meant to be about the same age, and in fact at the time of this production the actress playing Vari was very much about the right age.

This production was in the main house, Louise Gold subsequently appeared at The Colchester Mercury’s studio theatre (“for one night and one night only”) in Man Of La Mancha

Judith Cound went on to work on the stage management of  Anything Goes (stage show).


Critics Comments

  "Liz Bradford, sharp and likeable as increasingly isolated Fiona who's youthful cruelty disrupts so many lives, is perfectly offset by Louise Gold giving a natural performance as her childhood friend Vari." Liz Mullen, THE STAGE


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