Lock Up Your Daughters | November 2004
A comedy by Henry Fielding
Adapted by Bernard Miles
Music by Laurie Johnson
Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Set in 1735 London, the musical centres around the young Hilaret who leaves the over-protective walls of her father determined to elope wither her beloved Captain Constant. Separated from her maid, she is accosted by the virile Ramble but finds her cries for assistance lead her into further trouble. Both are hauled into the court of corrupt Justice Squeezum.
Hilaret quickly finds herself the latest apple of Justice Squeezum’s wandering eye while Ramble is “rescued” by the bountifully amorous Mrs Squeezum.
The musical was original produced at the Mermaid Theatre, London and ran for 338 performances.
Presented by special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd
Director, Musical Director and Keyboards – Anne Robinson
Choreographer – Vicki Cunningham
Staff, a Constable – George Lawrence
Young Gallant* – Chris Anstiss
Watchmen – Blake Marden, Alastair Wood
Justice Squeezum (Corrupt Judge) – Shane Wellings
Mrs Squeezum (His Wife) – Rhonda Jefferson
Sotmore (a Gallant*) – Tim Brack
Ramble (a Gallant*) – Ossie Bruckard
Brazencourt (Innkeeper) – Len McClay
A Wench – Alex Hartmann
Young Man in Cell – Nathan Scott
Politic (Coffee House Politician) – Bob Cady
Hilaret (Politic’s Daughter) – Christine Forbes
Cloris (Hilaret’s Maid) – Jan McPhail
Dabble (Politic’s Friend) – Ivan Scott
Faithful (Politic’s Aged Servant) – Jim Cheesley
Quill (Squeezum’s Clerk) – Dominic Dulhunty
Worthy (Honest Judge) – Peter Willing
Captain Constant (Military Gallant) – Alan Steele
*A gallant is a man who is charmingly attentive to women.
Ladies of the Ensemble
Gretchen Alt-Cooper, Marilyn Cady, Alex Hartmann
Gentlemen of the Ensemble
Chris Anstiss, Nathan Scott, Peter Willing
The 'Daughters' Band
Piano – Rosemary Robinson
Bass Guitar – Ken McGrade
Drums – Robin Stone
- This marks the second time “Lock Up Your Daughters” was produced by HTG in 1986.
The musical uses the term “rape” to describe the advances of the various men. It is important to note that in 18th Century English, rape held different meaning, which was “to accost” or “to lay hands on” a woman. Something more akin to common assault or sexual assault by today’s legal standards.