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Birth Was The Death Of Him


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Rye Mummers have a one hour radio preview programme on Resonance 104.4FM, being broadcast on Monday 24 June at 8pm.

"Feckham, Peckham", as Lucky says in Waiting for Godot.


Rye Mummers have completed casting ENDGAME for the Bussey this summer. Heading the cast is Peckham local Peter Benedict, producer director and writer for theatre himself, but this time entrusting his acting self to another director, Chris Haydon, of Peckham and the man behind this local media venture Southwark.TV.

Hamm It Is

Peter plays Hamm, a pompous vulnerable immobile and domineering character who is looked after by Clov. Some say that Hamm denotes hammer and Clov recalls the French word for nail, 'clou' ... hammer and nail, master and servant. But that is all so much interpretation. It's not much good telling an actor to go out and perform as a hammer or a nail.

Trained as an actor, Peter spent three years in repertory theatre before becoming the West End’s youngest producer. Since then he has divided his time between acting, directing, producing and more recently, writing.
Favourite roles include major UK tours as Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT and Wonse in GUARDS! GUARDS! On TV he has played opposite Sir Derek Jacobi and The Chuckle Brothers but sadly not at the same time. His last repeat fee for TOUCH OF FROST was for 39 pence. His last job for Radio Four involved playing seven characters and then reading the cast list as himself.
As a writer, his grisly thriller, DEADLOCK gave one audience member a fatal heart attack. His farce about firemen, NAKED FLAME sent a woman into premature labour. His musical of MAPP & LUCIA made reviewer Sheridan Morley crave tea and scones. His recent musical, MONKEE BUSINESS played to enthusiastic houses in Manchester & Glasgow but has mysteriously not yet arrived in London.

Return To The Stage

Ricci Harnett, returing to the stage after a time in film, plays Clov in this summer's production of Endgame. He and Peter Benedict [HAMM] have known each other, appropriately, for a long time, on and off stage. Endgame is Ricci's Beckett debut, one he sees as a welcome challenge.

Born in London, Ricci debuted in 1991 in The Object of Beauty alongside John Malkovich, and also appeared in "28 Days Later" as Corporal Mitchell. He played the lead, Carroll Bailey, in Porcelain Film's 2009 film Breathe and is well known for "Rise Of The Footsoldier".


The vastly experienced and talented Fiona Watson delivers the subtle mother figure, Nell, who like her husband is confined to a dustbin or ashcan.

Fiona has 25 years experience as a performer working with companies including Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Playhouse, Chester Gateway Theatre, and Contact Theatre.

She studied physical theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Meisner technique with the Impulse Company, and is an associate artist with both Tangled Feet Theatre Company, one of the UK’s leading site- specific companies, and the Impulse Company.

As well as ‘Endgame’, work this year includes ‘6 Characters In Search of an Author’ and ‘The Visit’ with Theatre Collection, co-direction of ‘Kingdom Come’ with Impulse Company and ‘Push’, Tangled Feet’s most recent touring outdoor show.

Designer Peter Avery - ABSURD

Peter Avery has worked with 1st Framework for thirty years as their Artistic Director/Designer.
Avery directed and designed ABSURD which played at The Bussey in May 2012 across the entire second floor of the building. It was a "rampage" through the Theatre of the Absurd's surrealist material via the writings of Eugene Ionesco.
Peter set up 1st Framework in 1982 with producer Maxine Webster to work inter-generationally in community and their work has won several awards.


Peter is joined by Emma Kesterton, graduate and practitioner in theatre design. Emma has recently worked with Freewheelers Theatre Company, an inclusive disability theatre outfit based in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Emma is a practised designer across theatre, opera and puppet theatre.

Cricketers at the Bat Factory

Chris Haydon who is directing ENDGAME for Rye Mummers, bats and bowls left-handed, just like Beckett; unlike Beckett who played four First Class matches for Dublin University, Haydon did not make it into Wisden. First team cricket for school and Birmingham University, with matches against County Club & Ground sides, were Haydon's early achievements in the game. He later played for The Groucho Club, for whom he once took on the mighty Harold Pinter's side - and lost. The two towering influences on Haydon's early dramatic tendencies are thus united with him in cricket. All thoroughly spiritual.
Perhaps it is cricket that gives Chris his love of pauses and apparently inconsequential action. "Dying is such a long tiresome business I always found," said Beckett. What is a drawn Test Match in comparison ?