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Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Paul Doust

Summary: Flora Poste discovers a new branch of her family tree; the one with all the nuts.

Aunt Ada Doom, who once saw something nasty in the woodshed, rules Cold Comfort Farm with an iron fist. Reuben tills the land, waiting to wrest it from his father Amos, a preacher of hellfire and brimstone. His wife Judith has an unhealthy obsession with their other son Seth, who just wants to be a movie star. Poor daft Rennet keeps throwing herself down the well and flighty Elfine has designs on the local squire. Whatever is Flora, with nothing but a hundred pounds a year and a slender ankle, to do with them all?

Based on the classic 1930s novel by Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm is a riot of eccentric characters, theatricality and plain good fun.

Dates and times: Wednesday 5 November 2008 at 6.30 pm, Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 November at 8 pm, Sunday 9 November at 4 pm, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 November at 6.30 pm, Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 November at 8 pm

Tickets: $22 waged, $20 unwaged, $18 each for groups of 10 or more, $15 Stagecraft members. Special two-for-$22 ticket deal on Thursday 6 November.


  • Flora Poste - Charlotte Stephens
  • Aunt Ada Doom - Ginny Brewer
  • Amos Starkadder/Sneller - Robert Hickey
  • Judith Starkadder - Petra Donnison
  • Reuben Starkadder - Alan Carabott
  • Seth Starkadder/Charles - Greg Hornsby
  • Elfine Starkadder - Elyse Featherstone
  • Adam Lambsbreath/Mr Neck - Stephen Fearnley
  • Rennet/Mrs Hawk-Monitor - Felicity Cozens
  • Urk/Richard Hawk-Monitor - Thomas Rimmer
  • Dandelion/Miss Block - Lucy Bowden
  • Chorus - Adrian Samuels, Mary Dimock, Dan Ashworth, Gillian Boyes, David Adams, Corinna Bennett

Crew: Tanya Piejus (director, sound designer, photographer), Christine Bartlett (production manager, props), Leigh Cain, Bev Corin (prompt), Joy Hellyer (stage manager), Don Blackmore (lighting designer), Ross Foubister (lighting operator), Robyn Sadlier (foley operator), Meredith Dooley (wardrobe coordinator), Susannah Donovan (wardrobe assistant), Tricia French, Kiersten Leslie, Jan Lippert, Andrea Wiechern (props), Robert Hickey (set designer), Matthew Leather (set coordinator), Stephen Fearnley, Matt Todd, Alec Rogers, Greg Hornsby, Tessa Alderton, David Adams (set construction), Shannon Tubman, Tabitha Arthur, Sarah Miller, Deanne Graham (set painting), Rodney Bane (poster, flyer and programme designer), Iona Anderson (front of house manager)


Last updated 16 November 2013
Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm