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The Vanishing Army


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by Robert Holles
starring Bill Paterson, Ann Beach
"... why don't you keep that missis o' yours under control... she ain't exactly doin' you a packet o' good, is she? If she was mine I'd bloody put 'er right, I'll tell yer..."
"...The Vanishing Army, a fine play shot like a marksman and planned like a battle..." (The Guardian)
"...First-rate piece of story-telling by Robert Holles... well done and well acted..." (Daily Telegraph)
"...Welcome reappearance by one of the great unsung playwrights of the day - Shakespeare of the Barrack Room, Robert Holles..." (Sunday Telegraph)
"...An absolutely first-class look at the second class life of NCOs in the British Army..." (Daily Mail)


Writer: Robert Holles
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Directed By: Richard Loncraine
Drill sergeant: Kenneth Cope
Girling: Bill Paterson
Wainwright: Timothy Spall
Sheldon: Trevor Laird
Pickard: John Blundell
O'Connor: James Coyle
Stevenson: P.G. Stephens
Kathleen: Veronica Ouilugan
Towler: Brian Hall
Morag: Ann Beach
Thompson: Mike Kinsey
Julie: Nula Conwell
Pinnock: Tony Gaunter
Paula: Janet Key
Symington: Julian Curry
Mantle: Michael Osborne
Hampshire: Frank Mills
Stannard: Charles Bolton
Rouse-Evans: Derek Bond
Surgeon: Terence Bayler
Dunning: Ray Burdis
Roberts: Rupert Frazer
Pilkington: Doug Fisher
Ellis: Richard Butler
Apprentice: Tony London
Conroy: Paul Angelis
Housewife: Loraine Bertorelli
Corporal: Terry Cowling

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