The Clarence Players


by Patrick Hamilton


6 March 2024

8.00 p.m.

The theatre doors will close strictly at 8.00!
Please be seated by 7.50.

(Please note: no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.)

The Play

The powerful story of Bella Manningham, a young woman psychologically dominated by her husband Jack. While Jack is out on the town each evening, his wife stays at home alone believing she is losing her mind. She cannot explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslight. But then questions about her husband’s behaviour and true identity are aroused following the unexpected arrival of a police detective.

The Cast

Mr Manningham

Steve Emerson

Mrs Manningham

Jackie Wilson


Lara Keery


Lorraine Stevenson


David Humphreys


Des Loughridge



Des Loughridge

Set Design

Alan Marshall
Shaunagh McKirgan

Stage Manager

Dave Rowan


Susanne Neill

Light and Sound

John Beresford
Paul Cuming
Carl Borrett

The Group

The Clarence Players, Belfast, is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most successful amateur drama groups. They were formed in 1931 as the Dramatic Arts Section of CIYMS (Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society). Their name derives from the hall where they first performed, The Clarence Hall, May Street, Belfast. They’ve been appearing at Drama Festivals, Summer Theatre seasons and at Belfast’s famous Group Theatre for over 50 years.