The Characters:

Chrissie: Chrissie Carter is an eleven year old girl living on the island of Portland in Dorset
Christine: This is Chrissie's adult self, now in her early 50s when the play opens on the beach
Mary-Jane Chrissie Carter's best friend on Portland in the 1950s
Julie:

Mary-Jane’s daughter, abandoned when she walked out on the family in Manchester in the 1970s when Julie was two years old.

Brenda: Mary-Jane's social climbing mother
Jimmy: A Georgie and young offender incarcerated in The Grove on Portland in the 1950s
William: Chrissie's father, also known as Bill amongst the other men on the island. He is a coach driver
Henry: Mary-Jane's father and the foreman at Suck Thumb Quarry on the island; an important source of Portland Stone.
Violet: Chrissie's mother
Comben: A prison officer at The Grove and a friend of Chrissie's family.
Billy: A Londoner and young offender at The Grove
Nana: Mary-Jane's paternal grandmother
Danny: Nicknamed 'The Fish', he is a young offender at The Grove who is reputed to be a very good swimmer.
Rita: One of Chrissie's childhood friends on the isalnd in the 1950s
Tessa: Another of Chrissie's childhood friends on the island in the 1950s
Sophie: A friend of Mary-Jane from the private school she attends in her teenage years. Sophie is also the daughter of the owner of Suck Thumb Quarry.
Daphne: A neighbour of the Carter family on the island and married to Cliff.
Cliff: A neighbour of the Carter family on the island, married to Daphne and a milkman by trade.
1st Tittle Tattle: One of the trio of island gossips.
2nd Tittle Tattle One of the trio of island gossips.
3rd Tittle Tattle One of the trio of island gossips.
Doris: Violet's sister and a one-legged school cook and classical music lover.
Minister: Non-Conformist minister at the chapel on the island.
Landlady: A proprietor of a local B&B on the island.
Greta Garbo: A glamorous representation of the 1930s film star in evening gown.
Audrey: A beachcomber who tells Chrissie that she is, in fact, a mermaid.
Margaret: The Minister's wife.
Nurse: A nurse at the nursing home where Brenda lives in 1995.
David: Sophie's brother and eldest son to the owner of Suck Thumb Quarry.
Alison: A senior doctor on the HIV unit at the Royal London Hospital in 1995
Ensemble Various roles including children, seagulls, chapel choir, dancers.
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