The Appeal

In 1983 Lumiere & Son Theatre Company was comissioned to make a short film for the flagship Channel 4 arts magazine programme Alter Image run by the television production company After Image. The film was written by David Gale, directed by Hilary Westlake (for Lumiere & Son) and Jane Thorburn (for After Image). The producer was Mark Lucas.

The cast was as follows:

Alison Conway ……. Tamsin Heatley

Paul Darke ………….. Trevor Stewart

Ben Jameson ………. David Gale

Brian Roper ………… Neale Goodrum


The handsome front credit on the video ties it to the website of performance company imitating the dog, whose artistic directors Pete Brooks, Simon Wainwright and Andrew Quick have been producing exceptional and consistently innovative work for twenty years. Recently the company has added a magazine section to the site, titled ‘NewAdventures in Performance’. It kicked off with an archival Lumiere & Son short film, prefaced by this generous endorsement:

Lumiere and Son were one of the most significant companies to emerge from the British  Independent Theatre scene in the early 70s. Led by Hilary Westlake and David Gale, the work was surreal, ironic, intellectual and very funny. They were unusual at that time in placing as much emphasis on the quality of the writing as on the visual, and we will be looking at this company in depth in a later issue. This made for TV short, more or less typifies the sense of ironic, elegant and articulate threat that characterised their stage work.