Philip Allen, Alfred Emmet, Sheila Gosling, Barbara Hutchins, Michael Kelly, Terence Kirk, John Macgregor, George Mooney, Denis Nicholls, Betty Ogden, Francis W Smith, Francis Williams
Maurice Ballinger, George Benn, Isobel Benns, A C Kingston, Bert Cheek, Peter Curtis, Alfred Emmet, E G Cordwell, Barbara Hutchins, Michael Kelly, Brian Kirk, Terence Kirk, Megan Macgregor, John MacGregor, George Mooney, Denis Nicholls, Honor O'Nians, Denis Robinson, A W S Cowan, Frank White
Thunder Rock was written in 1939 by Robert Ardrey, an American, more than a year before Pearl Harbour, which brought the United States into the war. First produced in New York in the following year, it was a stirring call to his countrymen that they could not "just stand by and watch for ever." It was an immediate success, and was widely played at community theatres throughout America.
The first production in this country was at the little Neighbourhood Theatre, Kensington, in June 1940, and subsequently it had a long run in the West End, the play being enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and public alike.
We have been wanting to do the play since 1941. At first we could not get the rights. Then, when it became available, we could not cast it. Later it seemed that its message was less vital, because it had been already heard and heeded.
To-day, in an uneasy world still heaving in the aftermath of war, when civilisation is faced with the utter necessity of finding an answer to its problems if it is to survive at all, the individual is too often concerned primarily with his own "rights" and forgets his obligations to his neighbour and to society. The author's message is to the individual, to contribute as an active participant to the solution of these problems, in the knowledge that if he does so, and only if he does so, there is hope that answers to the problems will be found.
That message is not without point to-day.