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THIS HAPPY BREED

BY NOEL COWARD

ST JOSEPH'S PLAYERS next production is NOEL COWARDS "THIS HAPPY BREED" Directed by Doreen Johnson, Comm. on Tues 16th Oct. to Sat. 20th Tickets £10 adults & 16yrs and under £5 Advance tickets will be available from Spectrum Blinds Chapel St. opposite St Joseph's Church, or pay on the door on the night,


This Happy Breed shows a different side to Noel Coward's writing than one we might be used to. Rather than dealing with the affairs of the upper classes, we instead see the movements of the lower middle-class Gibbons family, between the end of World War I and the outbreak of World War II.


This crucial twenty years of British history is made personal by the lives of Frank and Ethel, and their children, Queenie, Vi and Reg, along with friends Bob, Billie, Sam, Phyllis and Edie. The disintegration of European relations is a backdrop to suburban ennui, socialist rhetoric, and patriotic strike breaking, as alliances fail and revive within a small dining room near Clapham Common.