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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. (These roles can be fulfilled by actors who also play other minor roles.)
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