Small Secrets by Sandy Fairthorn
A tender short play about a relationship that met with one person’s professional ambition. A rural couple, a farmer and an aspiring medical academic, who had a very close friendship (and an eventual one night fling), separate when she leaves the country town to work for a relief agency overseas. She had his child but didn’t tell him. The farmer has a child by a later marriage and this daughter eventually dies of Leukaemia. When the couple meet up again at the funeral and the first love-child is revealed, the father is distraught because, had he known of the son’s existence, a bone-marrow transplant from his estranged son could have saved his later daughter’s life.
Clive – Fred Preston
Anna – Julie Bright
Directed by Gay Bell
Stage – Marie Darby?
Performed as a script read-through at Surfworld museum, Torquay and later at Frontbeach cafe, 2 nights, Kithbrooke retirement village and Anglesea one-act play Festival.
Julie was awarded best newcomer by the Anglesea Festival (from memory)