Seecombe, the long-devoted servant

Hello, I’m Neil and I’ve been asked to play Seecombe, the long-devoted servant to the Ashley Family.

“It seems only yesterday when all was well at Barton. Phillip Ashley was a mite not two years old when he first came to Barton, and this has been my privilege and my pleasure to see him come of age.

The news of Mr Ambrose Ashely’s sudden death in Florence, Italy, means that Mr Phillip is now our new master of Barton, and he will need some time to settle in.  He is guided by his guardian Uncle Nick (Mr Kendall), oldest friend of Ambrose Ashley.

Master Phillip meanwhile has gone off to Florence and has been gone sometime; we do expect him back any day now. It’s been such a time here at Barton, the news of Master Ambrose’s death left us all in such a shock.  Now I hear Mr Ambrose’s wife, is coming Here. Life at Barton is about to change forever.” Seecombe.

This is my second time here with Saddleworth players; I am enjoying the opportunity to be part of such a well-run company, a team of dedicated actors, a fantastic set, great lighting, excellent sound, some very dedicated props staff, and a very posh auditorium – all this under the ever watchful eye of Carol Davies, the director. Thank you.

My Cousin Rachel’ will be performed by the Saddleworth Players at the Millgate Arts Centre from 28 September to 5 October. Tickets are available online from our booking site or from the box office at Delph Library (Tuesdays 2pm–5pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2pm–7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am–1pm). The box office telephone number is 01457 874644.

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