Breath Of Spring

By English playwright and actor Peter Coke. The 1971 Broadway musical ’70, girls, 70′, with music and lyrics by Kander & Ebb (who also wrote the famous stage and film musicals, ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago’), was based on this play.

Performed by STADS at St. Teilo’s Church Hall, Bishopston in November 1967.


Dame Beatrice houses a collection of middle-aged ‘guests’, but the real head of the household is her maid. To repay Dame Beatrice for giving her a job despite her criminal past, Lily presents her with a mink stole filched from the next flat. The Brigadier deploys his ‘troops’ to return the fur. Indeed, the whole campaign is so invigorating that they are all determined to retain this excitement in their lives by forming a syndicate to steal furs and give their profits to Dame Beatrice’S favourite charities. There are some sticky moments, but they continue with their gentle larceny until Lily, mistrustful of their amateurishness, makes them promise never to touch another fur. But life is so flat after the police depart. Perhaps they cannot steal furs, but…


  • Beryl West (probably)

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