Past Productions 1944-2013

Autumn 2013 – Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin

Director: Valerie Gerrard

Summer 2013 – Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn

Table Manners

Director: Michael Black

Table Manners is Alan Ayckbourn’s very popular comedy from 1973, which formed the first play in the trilogy The Norman Conquests. Penelope Keith, Tom Courtenay, Felicity Kendal and Michael Gambon were in the cast of the first West End production.

Norman (Bob Pugh) has persuaded his sister-in-law Annie (Sharon Reed) to go away with him for the weekend. Annie looks after her invalid mother, and has asked her brother Reg (Tony Burrin) and his wife Sarah (Christine Marriott) to take over while she’s away. But when Sarah realises this is an illicit weekend, she puts her foot down. Norman arrives, followed by his wife, Ruth (Jeanette Brown). How will Ruth react? Then there’s Tom (Mark Hebert), the neighbour who spends an awful lot of time in the house. Will he be spurred into declaring love for Annie? And does Annie want him anyway?

Read our NODA  TableManners Review.

Spring 2013 – Occupational Hazards by Clive Lawrence

Occupational Hazards

Director Michael Black
The play is a satirical comedy poking fun at the way that news is carefully managed. On the way, we come across the worship of money, trendy vicars, the evangelical wing of the Church of England, homophobia, the caring, box-ticking but ineffectual police, loudmouth PR consultants, rent-a-crowd protesters, and bishops who see the church as a company with themselves as CEO.

Gould is about to become part-time chaplain to his brother’s City finance company, and his church is occupied by the Peaceful Protest Alliance. The CofE’s PR consultant, Julia, is sent to make sure a positive spin is put on the news.


Autumn 2012 – Hound of the Baskervilles Adaptation by Tim Kelly


Directed by Kelly Mason

The greatest of all Sherlock Holmes adventures. Adapted to a modern setting that takes literature’s most spine-chilling mystery and turns it into a play of suspense, humour and ultimate terror. Sir Henry has become heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes complete with a family curse, death at the fangs of a living horror prowling the English moor. Only Sherlock Holmes can stop the beast from striking again.

While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall, and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress, and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Why do its eyes emit flame? What is the significance of the prehistoric huts dotting the moor? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work? You’ll have a terrific time attempting to discover the true killer-and reacting to the surprise twist. When the chills, and shrieks settle down, there’s always a laugh to relieve the rising tension.

Summer 2012 – Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene


Adapted by Giles Havergal
Directed and produced by Michael Black and John Morgan

The play is set in 1969. Henry Pulling, a retired, single, bank manager, lives a quiet, suburban London life. His only interest is dahlias. His eccentric 74-year-old Aunt Augusta takes him across Europe to Turkey, where she remarks, ‘It was only quite recently that they assassinated a prime minister. We dream of it, but they act’.
Aunt Augusta leads Henry into a world of adventure and crime, gradually revealing the highly unconventional details of her past. Eventually they reach Paraguay. The play ends with Henry’s decision about whether to return to his dahlias or marry the daughter of the chief of police.

Spring 2012 – A Fete Worse Than Death by Richard James


Directed by Michael Black

When a murder is committed in the country produce tent of a village fête, the locals turn to actor Ray Martin, star of his own TV detective series, for help. Trouble is, without a script to read, he’s not quite up to the job…

Download a copy of our NODA review here.


Autumn 2011 – Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore


Directed by Dean Laccohee

The play is set in the 1960s and is based on a true incident. In 1961, Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment. From these true facts Hugh Whitmore has written a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading up to their arrest, with the action centred on the totally unsuspecting Jackson household – Bob, Barbara and their daughter Julie. The Jacksons live opposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple and their closest friends. Then a mysterious stranger arrives, announcing he is from M.I.5, and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post. In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons’ decent, happy life is shattered as the truth about their much-loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point, with the agonizing realization that she has been betrayed by her friends and they, in turn, have been betrayed by her.

Download a copy of our NODA review here.

Summer 2011 – Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

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First performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, and subsequently produced for BBC TV, this sharply wicked social satire on lower-middle-class suburbia starred Alison Steadman in an award-winning role as the formidable hostess, Beverly, entertaining new neighbours. The evening’s initial good-will, clichés and fatuous small-talk only serve to create a rising tension which finally snaps with a dramatic denouement.

Download our NODA review here.


Spring 2011 – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Dolls House

Directed by Ronald J. Stevenson

Winners of the Category, Best Drama in NODA Eastern Region District 1, 2011

One of the most enduringly popular dramas of the Norwegian poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), A Doll’s House(1879) was in its day a startlingly bold exposition of the hypocrisy and concealed struggle within a seemingly happy marriage. It is often thought of as one of the very first feminist plays, although amazingly of course written by a man! Ibsen’s characterisation of Nora scandalised nineteenth century audiences, for it suggested that the naiveté and childlike impulsiveness of a middle-class housewife – touchstones of the sentimental romanticism of the era – were in fact part of a wilful facade erected to achieve a slight autonomy in a society in which women were virtually powerless. This shocking assertion, along with other of the dramatist’s innovations, ignited a debate in which “Ibsenism” was alternately touted as the liberation of the theatre from the delusions of romantic idealism and denounced as a degenerate attack upon traditional family values. Although social and artistic developments have lessened the shock value of A Doll’s House, it still retains power in its depiction of material dependency in affairs of the heart and in its forceful demonstration of the ways in which role-playing and expectation in human relationships can stifle an individual’s inner reality.

Read the NODA Review here

 Autumn 2010 – The Happiest Days of your Life by John Dighton

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Directed by Richard Meredith

A farce set in a boys’ boarding school which has a girls’ school billeted on it. The two sets of staff start by loathing each other, but are united in their efforts to keep the situation a secret from the pupils’ parents.

Download a review here.

Summer 2010 – Port Out, Starboard Home by Richard James


Directed by Michael Black
A feel-good comedy, where everyone gets what they deserve!

“This was a charming, light-hearted play by local playwright, Richard James, that has a few serious points at the heart of it and the production by Michael Black brought out all the different elements with sympathy and clarity.” Michael G Williamson, NODA Regional Representative : District 1


Spring 2010 – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


Directed by Sarah Ward

Download programme here.
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy provides a thoroughly enjoyable evening out, and contains many memorable lines, including:
‘To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.’
‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’

‘The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.’
And of course, Lady Bracknell’s immortal ‘A handbag?’

Download our NODA review here.


Autumn 2009 – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


Director Carol Wadey
Assistant Director Marie Huggins
A great who-dunnit by the Grande Dame of Crime!! The action takes place in the living room of a house a deserted island. A group of people arrive who do not know each other but are guests of Mr and Mrs Owen. Their hosts never appear but there is a chilling message saying they have all committed murder and got away poisoned etc. Two characters are left who have also fallen in love, but doubts set in. Thankfully the real murderer has already faked his death and the two lovers survive (they are in fact the only two innocent of murder) in an exciting denouement!


Download the NODA review here.

Summer 2009 – Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn


Directed by Dean Laccohee

When Colin, a friend who has been absent, comes back to his circle of friends, his friends are worried about how to approach him over the death of his fiancée, Carol, who has drowned. Diana organizes a tea party for Colin’s arrival. The characters are shown to have interrelationship tensions and this is near erupting when Colin arrives, heightening the tension when they all work to appear friendly towards him. However Colin seems euphorically happy while the rest of the party are near breaking point.

Diana is concerned in Act I regarding whether her husband (Paul) is faithful or not. Deep down she knows he isn’t and has a feeling he is having a ‘love-affair’ with Evelyn. Evelyn’s husband John is in business with Paul and knows that Paul and Evelyn have slept together but doesn’t say anything in fear of damaging business relations. The play unfolds and Colin’s arrival triggers Diana’s confrontation. She ends up pouring the cream on Paul and breaking down at the end of the play.

Spring 2009 – Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan


Directed by Marie Huggins
Separate Tables was probably Rattigan’s finest work and demonstrates his art of characterisation. It consists of two plays set in the dining-room and lounge of a private genteel hotel in Bournemouth, in which the residents are obliged to take meals at individual tables, symbolising the isolation of the individuals. All characters apart from 3 transients live permanently at the hotel. Except for the two leads in each, the same characters appear in both.

In Table No. 1, a down-at-heels journalist is confronted by his ex-wife, a former model who provoked him to a violent act that sent him to prison and ruined him.  Still loving each other, they nevertheless go through another terrible scene and it is the hotel manager, Miss Cooper, who finds a way to repair their broken lives.

In Table No. 2, a bogus army Major without the background and education he claims and a neurotic girl with a ruthless domineering mother are attracted to each other.  A sordid scandal threatens to drive them apart, but when all seems lost Miss Cooper comes to the rescue.

In the original stage drama, the lewd incident which acted as a catalyst for the blossoming of human relationships involved another man. In the screen adaptation, the producers, aware of public sensibilities, changed the script to make it a woman, the notion of homosexuality being considered too much for 1950’s taste. Ironically, a play about the petty attitudes of society was perversely altered by the same mind-set, which was the subject of the play itself, and so another layer of satire was added to the text.

Autumn 2008 – Ghost Writer by David Tristram


Directed by Jacquie Spencer
Assisted by Phil Cox
Produced by Chris Rogers
Ghost Writer is set in the attic of Alex’s house, where his friend Edward, a successful writer, is staying as he can’t bear to go back to his own house following the suicide of his wife Ruby. Alex has taken Edward in and is trying to distract him from his self-pity with Glenda, a younger aspiring actress, who is also currently single. This plan may even have worked but Ruby, Edward’s dear departed wife, decides that this is the moment to make a reappearance to clear her name and find out who murdered. She has a plan for Edward to write a play about the events of the night that she died and for him to invite all the main suspects to take part in a play reading to flush out the killer.

 NODA Review – Ghost Writer

Summer 2008 – Hay Fever by Noel Coward


Directed by Valerie GerrardHay Fever is set in the hall of the Bliss family home. The eccentric Blisses—Judith, a recently retired stage actress, David, a self-absorbed novelist, and their two equally unconventional children— live in a world where reality slides easily into fiction. Upon entering this world, the unfortunate weekend guests—a proper diplomat, a shy flapper, an athletic boxer, and a fashionable sophisticate— are repeatedly thrown into melodramatic scenes wherein their hosts profess emotions and react to situations that do not really exist. The resulting comedic chaos ends only when the tortured visitors tip-toe out the door.

Upon its 1925 London debut on August 6, it won praise from both audiences and critics. Considered by many to be cleverly constructed, wittily written, slightly cynical, and undeniably entertaining, the work contains all the elements that would help establish Coward’s reputation as a playwright.

Huntingdon Drama Club first presented Hay Fever in the Autumn of 1984 as its 40th production. An extract was also performed in From Mafeking to the Millennium in the Autumn of 2005.

NODA Review Hay Fever

Spring 2008 – Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Adapted by Paul Doust
Directed by Mark Hebert

Ever since as a little girl Aunt Ada saw ‘something nasty in the woodshed’, Cold Comfort Farm has been cursed. The arrival of the charismatic Robert Poste’s child, aka Flora, breaks the spell. This hilarious take on rural life in the 1930’s is an evergreen classic for all ages.

NODA Review Cold Comfort Farm


Autumn 2007 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Adapted by Willis Hall
Directed by Michael Black

The play is a dramatisation by Willis Hall (who wrote Billy Liar) of Charlotte Brontë’s novel of love and passion. It follows Jane’s life until the age of 18, including her miserable childhood; her work as a governess at Thornfield Hall; falling in love with her employer, Mr Rochester; the revelation – when Jane and Mr Rochester are at the altar – that he is already married and that his wife is insane; her hasty departure from Thornfield Hall; and her eventual reunion with Mr Rochester, who has been blinded in a fire which his wife has caused.
Jane Eyre Cast Members  NODA Review Jane Eyre

Summer 2007 – A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie


Adapted by Leslie Darbon
Directed by Kelly Mason

When an advertisement appears in the local paper announcing a murder is to take place at Letitia Blackstock’s, various friends and relatives assemble for a bit of fun. However they are shocked to discover a real murder victim who is unknown to them all. Inspector Craddock investigates but of course it is Miss Marple who cracks the case, revealing all to a drawing room full of suspects. Mistaken identities, family fortunes and a histrionic maid from the continent, and naturally the real culprit is the last person you would expect.

Spring 2007 – Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Ronald Stevenson | Asst Director Jacquie Spencer

Over the course of twelve years in Joking Apart, we follow the ups and downs of several couples, with all the triumphs and tragedies of everyday life acutely observed and skilfully dramatised by Ayckbourn.

Richard and Anthea are a frighteningly competent couple who have no idea of the havoc and misery that their success and beauty wreak on those around them. These include the new vicar Hugh and his wife Louise; Richard’s business partner Sven and his wife Olive; and friend of the family Brian, who has a string of different girlfriends throughout the play.


Christmas 2006 – The Greatest Gift

Our contribution to this show (on 16th December) was Ronald’s adaptation of ‘The Greatest Gift’ (the basis of the classic film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’).

The Greatest Gift


bullet George – Mark Lamberth
bullet Narrator – Michael Black
bullet Mystical Tramp –  – Chris Topham
bullet George’s Mum – Jacqueline Spencer
bullet George’s Dad – Richard Meredith
bullet Mary – Carol Wadey
bullet Mary’s son – Tom Turnbull
bullet Art Jenkins – James Godwin
bullet Jim Silva – Kevin Webb
bullet Director – Ronald Stevenson
bullet Props – Richard Meredith
bullet Sound FX – John Morgan
bullet Choir Mistress and Chief Caroller – Carol Wadey


A big thank you from the Director to all of you who have enthusiastically responded and I look forward to working with each and every one of you to ensure that this small but poignant production is a success for all involved. I will require some help with the wardrobe side of things and we also require a dog, although sound FX may have to do, they say never work with children or animals……. but if anyone knows of a dog that barks to command I’d relish the challenge. A barking cat ? – now there’s a thought?


Download programme here.

Autumn 2006 – Move Over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney & John Chapman


Directed by Michael Black
Asst Director Kevin Webb | Producer Ann Monk

Philip Markham, a publisher of children’s books, is asked by his business partner, Henry Lodge, if he can borrow the flat for the evening to gallivant with his latest girlfriend. As Philip and his wife will be out, he reluctantly agrees. At the same time, Joanna Markham is being persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the empty flat in order to entertain her lover. With some misgivings, Joanna agrees. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who has been decorating the flat for the past three months has decided that this is the night that he and the au pair girl will try out the new oval bed. When the Markhams’ evening out is cancelled, it is too late to let any of the parties know and three sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom at the same time. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Olive Harriet Smythe, a straitlaced authoress of children’s books. The frantic efforts of the Markhams to hide the amorous goings-on and, at the same time sign up Miss Smythe, lead to a hectic and hilarious evening. The play had a very successful West End run in the 1970s.

“The play was a triumph, people I was with were crying with laughter and said they hadn’t enjoyed an evening so much for a long time.   Well done everyone. Laughter, the best medicine!     The rest of the week will be a riot.”

“Really enjoyed the play – you must all have worked tremendously hard so I hope you enjoyed a good party to celebrate! I also enjoyed the nice touches of the front door bell and the dog!” (Audience comments)

Spring 2006 – Silhouette by Simon Brett


Directed by Jacquie Spencer

A comedy who-dun-it where the investigation is undertaken in act one – and by the interval we know who-dun-it ….. or do we?  Act two reconstructs the events leading up to the murder and the twist. Simon Brett is best known for the TV series After Henry, 16 Charles Paris novels, 6 Mrs Pargeter novels, 7 Fetherington novels, assorted other novels and five plays, Murder in Play, Silhouette, The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Putting the Kettle on. He also wrote How to be a Little Sod and A Shock to the System (starring Michael Caine).

Autumn 2005 – From Mafeking to the Millennium


Directed by Michael Black

A chronological history of the 20th century, covering local, national and international events and social history, and including excerpts from plays and novels, poems, jokes, advertising slogans, songs and dances. It’s been compiled by Ann Monk and Michael Black, who’ll produce and direct between them. ‘From Mafeking to the Millennium’ combines a potted history of the 20th century with entertaining excerpts from ‘Hay Fever’, ‘ITMA’, ‘Look Back In Anger’, ‘A Chorus Of Disapproval’ and Victoria Wood’s ‘Pat and Margaret’. Not to mention pieces by Joyce Grenfell and Pam Ayres, and some of the best songs of the century.

Summer 2005 – The Mummers Play

The Mummers Play


Mummers plays have been performed throughout the British Isles for many hundreds of years but seem to have rose to prominence in medieval times. Originally they were dumb shows (hence to mum from the Middle English meaning to remain silent), however, over time words, rhyme, and song were added. Rather confusingly, few actors actually refer to themselves as Mummers but go under such titles as Plough Jags, Tipteerers, Christmas Rhymers, Soulers, Pace – Eggers, Plough Bullocks or Guisers.

Performances were solely made by men, often plough boys or farm workers and most popularly celebrated the legend of St. George, though there are regional variations. The plays were purposefully short in form and passed on by word of mouth. They were devised such that they could be performed quickly at a landowner or wealthy persons house, with the main aim being to solicit money, drink or food in return for entertainment. The wonder and excitement of the play is captured here :-

“But yester-eve, and the mummers were here! They had come striding into the old kitchen, powdering the red brick floor with snow from their barbaric bedizenements; and stamping, and crossing, and declaiming, till all was whirl and riot and shout ……”

Brevity and speed were thus of utmost importance to the cast! It was also deemed good form to keep a low profile before and after the performance, thereby adding to and retaining the mystery surrounding the origin of the plays themselves. Δ

Types of Play:

bullet Hero/ Combat Play
By far the most widespread type of play revolving around the hero, normally St. George who challenges all-comers to a fight. The challenging knight is often a Turkish knight who once dead is revived by a quack-doctor with dubious potions. There is also the lamenter being normally the mother or wife of the knight. One rarer sub-group of this category is where Robin Hood is the central character.
bullet Wooing, bridal or recruiting sergeant play
Often referred to as the plough play as it was traditionally performed around Plough Monday. The plays are peculiar to the mid eastern counties of England and particularly Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. The play involves the various unsuccessful attempts by a clown, a fool, or a recruiting sergeant trying to woo a young lady.
bullet Sword Dance play
Really confined to the North Eastern counties of England, namely Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. It revolves around a sword dance which at one point involves interlocking swords used to chop off a man’s head. The quack doctor, clown or female then revive the victim. This sequence was used to great effect in the cult film The Wicker Man. Δ

Mummers Plays Today

The plays have survived in various forms right up to the present day but due to elements of fluidity within an unwritten folklore tradition have rendered the original meaning contained in the plays to be lost. However, the tradition of the theatrical dame being played by a man may well have some link with the original plays where the lady or damsel was indeed played by a man. Most groups around today were formed out of the post WWII folk revival movement and have sought to re-establish local plays within the tradition for which it was originally intended. Δ

Further Information

An Introduction to the English Mummers’ Play by E. Cass & S. Roud-published by the English folk Dance and Song Society. See

The excellent National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield website  Δ

Peterborough Mummers’ Play

The first performance took place on Saturday 25th June at the Peterborough Festival to a small, but appreciative audience.

The mummers:
Ray Livermore, Mark Lambeth (as Robin Hood), Carol Wadey (Little John), Ronald Stevenson and Michael Black.
Performances also took place on 30th July and 5th August as part of
‘Kings & Liberties’, the Huntingdon 800 community play.


Spring 2005 – Fallen Angels


Fallen Angels

by Noel Coward

Directed by Michael Black

Produced by Rachael Orchard

Asst Producer Ruth Morgan

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc

Characters, in order of appearance

Julia Sterroll   Carol Wadey
Fred Sterroll   Mark Lamberth
Saunders   Kelly Armstrong
Willy Banbury   Ronald Stevenson
Jane Banbury   Jeanette Brown
Maurice Duclos   Nick Hemens

Production Team

Stage manager   Chris Hunnam
Sound and lighting   Bernie Sawford and John Morgan
Set design and artwork   Gary Arthur
Properties   Ruth Morgan
Prompter   Ruth Morgan, Rachael Orchard
Front of house manager   Christine Hunnam
Stage crew   Peter Sweeney, Pete Welsh, Kevin Attwood
Poster   Rachael Orchard
Programme design   Michael Black

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Autumn 2004 – Bobby Dazzler

Bobby Dazzler

Bobby Dazzler has been brought to you tonight by Huntingdon Drama Club to raise money for the Mayor’s Charities The Bobby Scheme & Stroke Associatio

bullet Stageworks Twenty Something
bullet St Barts Readers & Singers Scheming Bobbies
bullet Huntingdon Drama Club Blackadder
bullet Amber Butler Where is the Love & Memory
bullet Oars Catch up with the Latest News & Views from Around the Globe on Bard TV
bullet TCB Sparklers Galore

Second Half Acts

bullet Stageworks A Bushel and a Peck, Adelaide’s Lament
bullet St Barts Readers & Singers Marital Fireworks
bullet Huntingdon Youth Theatre The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God
bullet Huntingdon Drama Club Absolutely Fabulous
bullet Oars Late Night News from Bard TV
bullet Peter Liddiard My Way
bullet TCB Rockets All Over the World


Cast and Crew

bullet Director Ruth Morgan
bullet Producer Peter Vialls
bullet Stageworks Stageworks Studios Theatre & Ballet School
bullet St Barts Readers & Singers Peter Barton, Michael Black, Trish James Ann Monk, John Morgan, Kate Tweedley
bullet Blackadder Michael Black, Ray Livermore, John Morgan, Ronald Stevenson, Roger Trencher
bullet Where is the Love & Memory Amber Butler
bullet Oars Gill Hanby, Graeme Hammond, Stuart Nunn, Carol Houghton, Ellie Gamble
bullet TCB Rick England & Nick Thompson
bullet Huntingdon Youth Theatre Dominic Whitehead
bullet Absolutely Fabulous Maureen England, Sarah Freeman, Rachael Orchard, Caroline Barratt, Beryl Anne Whitehead, Ronald Stevenson
bullet My Way Peter Liddiard

This event raised £848.52


Spring 2004 – Mayhem


By Valerie Gerrard

“Gosforth’s Fete” By Alan Ayckbourn


Mrs Pearce – Lyn Martin
Milly – Rachael Orchard
Gosforth – Roger Trencher
Vicar – Michael Black
Stewart Stokes – Duncan Quig
“Second Little Pendon Cubs” Thomas Willmott, Matthew Nokes, Sam and Helen Cole

The action takes place in a tea tent, in a field, in a village … … … … …

“Easy Stages” A comedy By N. J. Warburton


Gerry, Stage Manager – Paul Sweeney
Martin, Assistant Stage Manager – Duncan Quig
Alice, stage crew – Maggie Redgrave
Patsy, stage crew – Carolyn Barrett
Gill, stage crew – Antoinette Farrant
Sid, stage crew – Robert Simmons
Kate, The Producer – Trish James

Stage Crew and Production

Director – Lynda Savory
Stage Manager – Chris Hunnam
Assisted by Kevin, Roland, Robert and Mark
Lighting – Adam Greaves
Sound – James Gerrard
Properties – Christine Hunnam and Gina Seaman
Prompt – Katie Fitzjohn
Publicity and Programme Design – David Brockman
Front of house – Natalie McKie and her team


Autumn 2003 – Wedding of the Year


Wedding of the Year

by Norman Robbins

The cast in order of appearance

Jeanette Brown (Ethel Murchinson): Jeanette comes to us from Broughton Village Players (and Texas!), where she has taken on many roles, her favourite being Baroness Medusa. She came to our rescue as Ethel under difficult circumstances, so she can’t really be a wicked step‑mother.

Lyn Martin (Peggy Ramskill): Lyn has been with HDC for nearly 20 years, and with Panto 89 and Shakespeare at the George for over 10. She enjoys her “Hyacinth Bucket” character in this play and invites you all to sit back and have a good laugh.

Roger Trencher (Walter Thornton): Roger has been with HDC for 6 years and this is at least the third time we’ve made him considerably older than he is! Still, at least he’s not wearing skirts and a wig like he did in Panto. We hope.

Cilia Lamble (Alison Murchinson): A member of SIMADS, Cilla bravely stepped into the role of Alison partway through production. Pretty and petite in reality, Cilla has always dreaded being as fat as Alison and says her husband has threatened to divorce her if she ever looks like this in real life.

Bob Pugh (Frank Edwards): A familiar and welcome face for many years in HDC productions, as well as OARS, Panto 89 and Shakespeare at the George. We have to hope he doesn’t indulge in his other hobbies of reading, walking and real ale all at the same time. (Oh, that was last week’s rehearsal, wasn’t it?)

Jacquie Spencer (Honoria Murchinson): Jacquie joins us from Brampton Park Players where she has been actor, director and producer. She claims she is doomed to playing dotty old ladies. No allegations of typecasting please –Jacquie is a solicitor, so watch out!

Julia Williams (Matilda Murchinson): Julia is another newcomer to HDC ‑ fresh from her debut performance as Prince Charming for Broughton Village Players. She is very pleased to not be wearing tights without trousers this time out.

Adam Greaves (Melvyn Thornton): Over his 11 years with HDC, Adam has acted, done backstage work and sound and lighting. His favorite role is tuna mayo. He fears his acting skills may be stretched in this role of a bumbling accident‑prone inventor. (I wonder if Melvyn plays hockey?)

Iris Boatfield (Priscilla Edwards): This is Iris’s second role with HDC. She recently returned to England after 40 years in Australia, looking for decent fish and chips. One shrimp too many on the barbie, perhaps?)

Peter Vialls (Harry Elphinstone): Peter is a criminal lawyer whose hobbies include science fiction and fantasy role playing,. Go figure. He has been in countless HDC productions over the last 12 years, but complains he never gets the girl. We did give him a script, didn’t we?

The Crew

Stage Manager  Bob Pugh
Prompter  Michael Black
Lights  John Morgan
Sound  James Gerrard
Set  Bob Pugh
Props  Jeanette Brown and the cast
Costumes  The cast
Make‑up  Paul Sweeney
Photography  Adam Greaves

 Thanks to Wendy Ware who conceived of and shaped the production and to Rachel Greaves who saw it through to presentation.


Spring 2003 – The Real Inspector Hound

The Real Inspector Hound

by Tom Stoppard

A whodunnit with a difference, this spoof of murder mysteries takes a decidedly oblique look at the genre.

Written by Tom Stoppard

Presented by agreement with Samuel French Ltd

Directed by Lynda Savory


Moon  Michael Black
Birdboot  Roger Trencher
Mrs Drudge  Valerie Gerrard
Simon Gascoyne  Duncan Quig
Felicity Cunningham  Jo Britt
Lady Cynthia Muldoon  Caroline Barratt
Major Magnus Muldoon  Peter Vialls
Inspector Hound  Rachel Greaves


James Gerrard, Chris Hunnam, Lyn Martin, John Morgan, Rachael Orchard and Alan Savory


Autumn 2002 – Mixed Doubles


Mixed Doubles




Michael Black – Vicar, Man, Old Man
In my first production with Huntingdon Drama Club, I played a curate. Twenty two years later I have been promoted to vicar and adulterer, by way of bank clerk, 18th century gentleman, cockney and butler.

Caroline Barratt – Bride, Woman
This is my second performance with Huntingdon Drama Club, having previously appeared as the Countess in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The roles in Mixed Doubles are the largest to date and I have really enjoyed taking part.

Duncan Quig – Groom, Man, Husband
This is my first production with Huntingdon Drama Club. I have really enjoyed myself with HDC and am best known for my repertoire of fantastic (sic) jokes.

Peter Vialls – Bank Manager, Peter, Julian
Joined the Drama Club in 1991. Acted in Pass the Butler, Ghost Train, Working With Amateurs, Worlds Apart & others. Wrote Doctor Who: Empress of Othernow. Was affected by a serious temporal anomaly that disorganised entire lifeline.

Carolyn Noble – Sheila, Helen
I’ve been a member of the Club for many years – recent roles include Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and crime writer Laura Langdon in the phantasy World Apart. With Shakespeare at the George, I played Lady Macbeth and Mistress Ford. I enjoy wandering in the countryside and am still fond of trees.

Bob Pugh – Harry, Union Official
I started with HDC in 1983 by “flying” a 10×12 ft scenery flat. Since then I have managed and acted in many productions with many groups in the area in parts as varied as a wicked old lobster (honest!), Dr Who and Theseus and Oberon. I’m definitely not typecast as a tennis player, but the other role …?

Wendy Ware – The Lawyer, Audrey
I’m very pleased to work with Huntingdon Drama Club for the first time. I have been a member of SIMADS since 1988 and every year am involved with Pantomime at the Burgess Hall, St Ives.

Trish James – Norma
Trish is so well-known in Huntingdon Drama Club, she couldn’t think what to write about herself! Suffice to say she is a stalwart and long-standing member who has been in and worked on countless productions over the years.

Lynda Savory –  The Nannie, Wife
I have been acting since I was at school (you’d think I’d have got the hang of it by now, wouldn’t you!) & have been a member of Huntingdon Drama Club for many years. I have been onstage, offstage, backstage, centre stage ….you name it! I’m enjoying being a “Mixed Double”, although a little worried about the dotty Nannie . but Rachel assures me it’s NOT typecasting! Enjoy!

Roger Trencher – The Psychoanalyst, The Doctor.
I have been a member of HDC for four years. I am also involved with Panto 89. This production is a welcome deviation for me as I get to talk to myself. If only I could stop arguing back.

Joanna Britt – The Director
This is my first performance with HDC. Previously I worked with Interplay Theatre in Leeds, helping children with special needs and supporting them in their first production. I look forward to working with HDC again.

Iris Boatfield – Old Woman
Earlier this year I returned home from Australia where I lived for many years. There I performed with a U3A Drama Group in Queensland. This is my first production with HDC. I hope you all enjoy our performance this afternoon.


Spring 2002 – Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

by Valerie Gerrard & Carol Carmen

Brief Outline

Laura Langdon is a hugely successful writer of crime novels, all of which feature the suave and debonair 1920s detective, Inspector Sheffield. However, she is fed up with writing in this genre and decides to branch out. In order to do so, she puts Sheffield “on the shelf”, vowing never to write about him again. Unfortunately, her attempts at writing in other genres are complete failures and now the taxman is baying at the door. In desperation, she wishes that her various characters would “come to life, like Sheffield used to”. They do, and a more motley lot is hard to imagine. They are two-dimensional and self-possessed, with no idea of where their plots are taking them. They take over Laura’s house and her life and she is in despair. Enter Sheffield, the man who can solve anything. But he is miffed at having been “murdered” by Laura and initially does not help. However, he does know how to return the two dimensional characters (2Ds) to whatever dreamland they inhabit. He simply refuses to let on that he knows. Meanwhile, as the 2Ds turn her life into a circus, Laura sinks deeper into despair. She is losing her grip on sanity, let alone reality. As she becomes more and more ragged, her relationship with Sheffield deepens until both realise that they love each other. Sheffield takes pity on a Laura who is by now almost over the edge and decides the time has come to rectify the situation by sending the 2Ds back. Herein lies the sting – if he sends them away, he must depart also. Although he loves Laura, he must leave in order to save her. But don’t worry, it has a happy ending!
 Director: Valerie Gerrard | Producer: John Morgan


Timothy, Laura’s agent and friend  Adam Greaves
Laura Langdon, best-selling crime novelist  Carolyn Noble
Ray-shell, Time traveller  Clair Richardson
Poppy, Vampire who is afraid of the dark  Anwen Pugh
The Professor, Time Lord  Peter Vialls
Chuck, Chapman Cowboy  Roger Trencher
Celestine, 17th Century Wench  Rachel Greaves
Stella, Make-Over Artist  Lorraine Edwards
Sam Bush, International Superspy  James Dixon
Cookie Monster, Misunderstood Monster  Ray Livermore
Inspector Sheffield, Suave 1920s detective  Bob Pugh

The Crew

Prompt  Lorna Gotts
Stage Manager  Chris Hunnam
Set Construction  Chris Hunnam, Kevin Attwood, John Morgan, Ruth Morgan …
and members of the cast who pitched in!
Costumes  The Cast!
Sound & Lights  John Morgan, Nathaniel Edwards
Front of House  Gordon Greaves, Liz Greaves, Eric Joyce, Graham Wilkinson, Sarah Wilkinson,
Maggie Shakespeare, Rhiannon Morgan, friends and members of the Huntingdon Drama Club


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Autumn 2001 – Journey’s End

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Journey’s End

Directed by Gary Mackay

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Stanhope is hailed by his men as one of the best Company Captains in the Army. But after three years on the front line he is nervous and exhausted. As Stanhope and his officers sit in their dugout awaiting attack, the full horror and futility of trench warfare in the First World War unfolds…

Journey’s End is set in 1918, on the Western front, where the Germans were once more preparing a massive offensive against the British army in France. The stress and fear associated with such attacks, as well as the anxiety of waiting, are very apparent among the characters of the play.

Journey’s End was first performed in 1928 by the Incorporated Stage Society with Laurence Olivier (then aged twenty-one) playing the role of Captain Stanhope. Following its immediate success in the West End the play moved to Broadway. By the summer of 1929 there were no fewer than fourteen companies performing the play in England and seventeen foreign-language versions being performed in Europe.


Stanhope – Jonathan Roberts
Osborne – Andrew Kendon
Trotter – Andy Hughes
Hibbert – Stuart Nunn
Raleigh – Dan Cordey
The Colonel – Gary Cooper
Sgt. Major – Andy Waller
Mason – Chris Owens
Hardy – Jonathan Salt
German Soldier – Philip Pope
Broughton – Raymond Livermore
Directed by – Gary Mackay

Production Team

Set Designer & Stage Manager – Pete Sweeney
Back Stage Crew – Bob Pugh & Chris Hunnam
Continuity – Gaenor Pring
Make-Up – Diana Mackay & Paul Sweeney
Props – Liz Graham
Costumes – Imperial War Museum, Duxford & Nigel Sweeney
Lighting – John Morgan
Sound – Steve Goodwin & Chris Dixon
Special Effects – Kevin Attwood
Front of House – Valerie Gerrard & Team
Publicity – John Morgan & Valerie Gerrard
Poster & Programme Design – Simon Webb


Spring 2001 – Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by Steve Martin


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Freddy John Morgan
Gaston Roger Trencher
Germaine Gaenor Pring
Albert Einstein (age 25) J Belander
Suzanne Clair Richardson
Sagot Kimberlee Grayce
Pablo Picasso (age 23) Paul Sweeney
Charles Dabernow & Schmendiman Nick Waldock
The Countess Donna Porter / Caroline Barratt
A Female Admirer Rachel Greaves
A Visitor Adam Greaves


Lighting and Sound Trevor Morgan
Props Rachel Greaves
Director’s Assistant Caroline Barratt
Prompt Ruth Morgan / Caroline Barrett
Costumes Just about eveiybody!
Make-Up Paul Sweeney
Front of House Maggie Redgrave, Dominic WhItehead, Rachel Greavesplus HDC members & supporters

Autumn 2000 – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

by Dale Wasserman

Directed by Dominic Whitehead

Produced by John Morgan



Chief Bromden -Andy Kendon
Andy can more often be found behind the scenes on lighting. This is Andy’s second production for the HDC, his first being Rupert in Rope. Andy is on the Shakespeare at the George Committee and has appeared on stage for Shakespeare 3 times, his first role was as a spear carrier in Richard III – 21 years later he was Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar followed by this year’s role as Banquo in Macbeth.

Aide Warren – Manuela Daniels
Manuela started acting at school, one of the highlights being Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore. Since then she played on the same stage as Robert Powell (unfortunately not at the same time) in Oh, What a Lovely War! Recent roles have been as a witch in Shakespeare at the George’s production of Macbeth (no change there!) and a lesbian in last year’s HDC production of Working with Amateurs!

Aide Williams – Dan Cordey
Dan’s first production for the HDC was as Jesus in the original performance of God and the Millennium by Gerrard and Carman. He recently performed in the HDC Carnival Show taking the lead role in Fluff as Joe.

Nurse Ratched – Carolyn Noble
Carolyn was in the HDC years years ago and has only recently returned to the Commemoration Hall after her acclaimed performance of Lady Macbeth in this year’s Shakespeare at the George. When not treading the boards, Carolyn can be found scrambling and Munro bagging in Scotland.

Dale Harding – Richard Briggs
Richard has only been in the UK for one year and has already performed in the Shakespeare at the George’s production of Macbeth. His favourite part was as Lyons in Fences by August Wilson. He has also acted in French playing Du Croisy in Les Precieuse Ridicules by Molieres.

Billy Bibbit- Mike Summerfeld
Mike was an original member of the HYT when it started in 1997. His most recent appearance was as Aubrey Allington in Tons of Money by Aldwych and can next be seen as Cagey Joe in Bugsy Malone. Mike is studying for his A-Levels in Politics, German and History.

Scanlon – Kevin Attwood
Kevin first joined the club in May 1997 performing in On The Razzle. Since then, he has acted in Rope and was stage manager for Working with Amateurs He is one of the leaders of the HYT and is currently also working on Bugsy Malone. He is looking forward to a rest.

Cheswick -Adam Greaves  Adam joined the HDC for Lady Windermere’s Fan. Since then he has participated in several plays both on and off stage. Adam’s favourite part with the HDC was in Dr Who where he played the Leader of the Cybermen – he also enjoyed being the Tin man in Panto 89’s production of the Wizard of Oz.

Martini – Roger Trencher
Roger became a member of the club for the production of Working with Amateurs last year. He directed Fluff for the HDC Carnival Show which went on to compete in the Newmarket One Act Play Festival.

Ruckley / Aide Turkle – Maggie Redgrave Maggie appeared in the HDC’s Dr Who in 1994. She has acted in the Shakespeare at the George, the Centre Players panto and is a member of the OARS Murder Mystery team. Maggie is hoping to emulate  this year’s OARS European tour of Taming of the Shrew in 2001 with Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MacMurphy-Jonathon Salt
Jonathon returned to the area after a 16 year absence to teach at St Ivo. He was in the Shakespeare at the George production of Macbeth and has acted and directed numerous plays in London. He has also acted and directed in German while at University in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr Spivey – Bob Pugh
Bob joined the club in 1983 for Relatively Speaking. He has since worked his way up to the parts of Dr Who in 1995 and Zangler in On the Razzle in 1998. He also works with Panto 89, Shakespeare at the George and OARS. Bob’s daytime job as a Forensic Scientist takes up all the rest of his time!

Candy Starr – Gaenor Pring
Gaenor recently played Sally in Fluff- one of the plays for this year’s HDC Carnival Show and went on to compete at the Newmarket One Act Play Festival. Gaenor enjoys hill-walking, singing and, recently studied successfully for two A-Levels: English Literature and Law.

Sandra – Marie Jones
Marie first part was at school where she played a mouse in Alice in Wonderland. Since then she has participated in several very successful productions and a few fantastic failures! She joined the HDC in 1999 for the production of Working with Amateurs.


Director Dominic Whitehead
Producer John Morgan
Stage Manager Andy Willmott
Set Construction Andy Willmott; Pete Sweeney; Keith Humphrey; Gary Mackay; Andy Kendon; Mark Usher& Graham Linay Prompt Gary Mackay
Sound and Lights Trevor Morgan & John Morgan
Costumes Trish James & Maggie Redgrave
Props Karen James
Make-up Diana Mackay & Hilary Lavin (HYT)
Front of House Trish James & Members of the Club


Spring 2000 – Bazaar and Rummage




Bazaar and Rummage

by Sue Townsend


Directed by Marie Jones

Produced by Emma Willmott


Cast List

Gwenda – Lynda Savory
Felicity – Margo Willis
Katrina – Lyn Martin
Bel-Bel – Trish James
Margaret – Valerie Gerrard
WPC – Emma Willmott


Director – Marie Jones
Producer – Emma Willmott
Stage Manager – Chris Hunnam
Prompt – Graham Linay
Set Construction – Andy Willmott; James Talbut; Emma Willmott; Pete Sweeney; Nigel Sweeney; Malcolm Lyons; John Morgan & Kevin Attwood
Sound – Trevor Morgan
Lighting – John Morgan
Photographs – Andy Willmott
Artwork – Deirdre Lee & Marjorie Price
Front of House – Emma Willmott; Assisted by club members

Autumn 1998 – On The Razzle




On The Razzle

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Dominic Whitehead




The Cast

Zangler : Bob Pugh
Gertrud : Lynda Savory
Sonders : Kevin Attwood
Marie : Bethan Pugh
Weinberl : Gary Mackay
Christopher : Paul Sweeney
Belgian Foreigner : Jack Hyde
Melchior : Michael Black
Hupfer : Peter Vialls
Philippine : Jo Mummery
Madame Knorr : Kate Walter
Mrs Fischer : Valerie Gerrard
Waitress One : Leah Petts
Waitress Two : Maggie Redgrave
German Man : Stuart Lovie
German Woman : Rachel Adams
Scots Man : Peter Vialls
Scots Woman : Lyn Martin
Constable : Stuart Lovie
Lisette : Nathanya Ginsberg
Coachman : Eric Joyce
Miss Blumenblatt : Trish James
Ragamuffin : Luke Tapp
Customers : Members of Huntingdon Drama Club

The Crew

Director – Dominic Whitehead
Stage Manager – Nigel Sweeney
Set Construction – Nigel Sweeney; Andy Willmott; Peter Sweeney; Chris Hunnam; Richard Hunnam & Mark Gulliver
Wardrobe – Trish James & Bethan Pugh
Marketing & Media – Eric Joyce
Designer – Maureen Yule
Properties – Rachel Adams
Lighting – Mark Usher
Sound – John Morgan
Front of House – Malcolm Lyons; Graham Linay; Members & Supporters
Script Editor – Matt Tapp
Photography – Andy Willmott


Spring 1998 – An Ideal Husband


An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Eric Usher

Produced by Samantha Sturgeon



Mrs Marchmont – Marianne Tomkies
Lady Basildon – Trish James
Sir Robert Chiltern – Mark Usher
Lady Chiltern – Emma-Jane Willmott
Mabel Chiltern – Katherine Bradshaw
Vicomte de Nanjac – Matthew Hall
Party Guests – Lyn Martin; Johannah Mummery; Eric Joyce & Chris Shaw
Mason – Dominic Whitehead
Lord Caversham – Jack Hyde
Lady Markby – Rosie Austen
Mrs Cheveley – Shannon Milsom
Viscount Goring – Nick Thompson
Phipps – Paul Sweeney


Director – Eric Usher
Producer – Samantha Sturgeon
Stage Manager – Christopher Hunnam
Stage Crew – Peter Sweeney; Matthew Hall; Jonathon Whitehead; Bob Pugh; Richard Hunnam & Trish James
Lighting – John Morgan & Andy Kendon
Sound – John Morgan
Set Design – Colin Chalk
Artwork Assistants – Sam Sturgeon; Ruth Morgan; Johannah Mummery; Mo Yule; Kate Waiters & Rachel Adams
Set Flowers – Austentatious
Costume – Harlequin at Baldock & Shakespeare at the George
Hair/Make-up – Cally McDonnell
Properties – Ed Shields
Script Continuity – Vivienne Dyer
Publicity – Mark Usher & Eric Joyce
Photography – Andy Willmott
Displays – Trish James & Lynda Savory
Box Office – Jack Hyde & The Card Gallery
Front of House Manager – Lynda Savory
Front of House – Sam Sturgeon; Bethan Pugh; Richard McDonnell; Eric Joyce; Malcolm Lyons; Graham Linay; Andy Kibbey & Emma Kibbey

Autumn 1997 – Absurd Person Singular


 Absurd Person Singular

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Michael Nolan

Produced by Trish James




Jane Hopcroft – Kate Walter
Kate played Henrietta in her stage debut last spring. Agatha Christie’s ‘The Hollow’ was Kate’s first play and you have had the opportunity to witness her growth as an actress.

Geoffrey Jackson – Graham Linay
Graham has played many parts in his long association with the club, last seen as the butler in ‘The Hollow’. Graham works for the Post Office, so we are lucky to see him this late in the evening !

Marion Brewster-Wright – Lyn Martin
Lyn has played many parts with Huntingdon Drama Club, the last being a vampire in last Autmun’s ‘Dracula’. Tonight she plays a bank manager’s wife, with a taste for gin, and a sharp tongue instead of sharp teeth !

Sidney Hopcroft – Matt Tapp
Matt is a Marketing Director who returned to the stage after a ‘rest’ to play Sergeant Penny in ‘The Hollow’.

Eva Jackson – Emma Lowe
Emma is more used to thigh slapping action, having appeared in Pantomime as one of the slapstick duo in Treasure Island in 1992 and as principal boy in Ali Baba in 1993. In real life Emma works with computers.

Ronald Brewster-Wright – Michael Black
Michael has many stage roles to his name, both in this country and abroad. A linguist, he presently teaches English to foreign students.

The Company

Director – Michael Nolan
Mike has completed forty years in the theatre. His first appearance was in ‘Hobson’s Choice’ back in 1959. Mike’s first role with Huntingdon Drama Club was last year’s production of ‘The Hollow’.

Producer – Trish James
Trish doubles as Producer for this play, and Secretary of the drama club. In addition to her organisational role she has appeared in many H.D.C. productions.

Assistant Director – Lynda Savory.
Lynda has previously appeared in many drama club productions. This time, she has deputised for Mike Nolan, directing some rehearsals and coaching the performers.

Assistant Director – Jan Nolan
Jan has spent a life-time in the theatre, both professional and amateur. She has worked in this country and abroad.

Designer – John Morgan
Properties – Matthew Hall
Lighting – Nick Thompson
Sound – Music & Technology
Front of House – Jack Hyde – Sam Sturgeon Malcolm Lyons – Emma & Andy Kibbey
Continuity – Chris Shaw
Photography – Andy Willmott
Publicity Officer – Mark Usher
Graphic Design – Eric Joyce


Spring 1997 – The Hollow


 The Hollow

by Agatha Christie

Directed by Ruth Morgan & Paul Sweeney


Cast List

Sir Henry Angkatell – Mike Nolan
Henrietta Angkatell – Kate Walter
Lady Lucy Angkatell – Jan Nolan
Midge Harvey – Sam Sturgeon
Gudgeon – Graham Linay
Edward Angkatell – Peter Vialls
Doris – Katherine Bradshaw
Dr John Cristow – Mark Usher
Gerda Cristow – Lynda Savory
Veronica Craye – Beryl-Anne Dixon
Inspector Colquhoun – Dominic Whitehead
Detective Sergeant – Penny Matt Tapp

Production Team

Directors – Ruth Morgan & Paul Sweeney
Stage Managers – John Morgan & Matthew Hall
Scenery Construction – Andy Willmott; Peter Sweeney; Maureen Yule; Chris Hunnam; Jennie Lewis & Linda Wavish
Lighting, Sound Effects & Original Music – Music & Technology
Properties and Furnishings – Matthew Hall & Lesley Barclay
Costumes – Trish James & Cally McDonnell
Make-Up – Vikki Standing & Cally McDonnell
Script Continuity – Gina Seaman & Lyn Martin
Publicity – Mark Usher
“The Worshipper” Artwork – Bethan Pugh
Publicity Photographs – Andy Willmott
Front of House -Malcolm Lyons; Emma James; Andy Kibbey; Bob Pugh; Richard McDonnell; Ruth Pugh; Cally McDonnell; Jack Hyde & Peter Barton


Autumn 1996 – Dracula



by Ken Hill

Directed by Lesley Barclay

Produced by Sam Sturgeon



Coastguard – Dominic Whitehead
Mary – Emma-Jane Willmott
Fanny – Sam Sturgeon
First Lifeboatman – Mark Usher
Second Lifeboatman – Peter Vialls
Jonathan Harker – Paul Sweeney
Decidua – Lyn Martin
Daniella – Maggie Redgrave
Dracula – Daniel Tarrant
McDougall – Peter Barton
Steinkopf – Andy Kibbey
Arthur Holmswood – Ian Eastoe
Lady Seward – Lynda Savory
Mina Murray – Laura Thompson
Lucy Westenra – Rachel Greaves
Senor Canelloni – Jack Hyde
Dr Van Helsing – Graham Linay
Newspaper Seller – Peter Barton
Gravedigger – Dominic Whitehead
Dock Master – Dominic Whitehead
Gypsy Chief – Jack Hyde
Mateo – Andy Kibbey
Rose -Rachel Greaves
Fortune Teller – Sam Sturgeon
First Border Guard – Mark Usher
Second Border – Guard Peter Barton
Crucifix Seller – Peter Vialls
Innkeeper Dominic Whitehead
Innkeeper’s Daughter – Emma-Jane Willmott

The Crew

Director – Lesley Barclay
Technical Director – John Morgan
Producer – Sam Sturgeon
Stage Manager – Bob Pugh
Assistant Stage Manager – Maureen Yule
Scenery Construction – Andy Willmott; Bob Pugh; Chris Hunnam & Maureen Yule
Lighting – Adam Greaves & John Morgan
Music and Sound Effects – Bob Wilson & Nick Thompson
Properties and Furnishings – Sam Sturgeon
Costumes Trish Jaines
Make-Up – Vikki Standing
Script Continuity – Rachael Serle
Fights arranged by Bob Pugh
Publicity – Emma-Jane Willmott
Publicity Artwork – Mark Usher
Front of House – Malcolm Lyons; Trish James; Emma James & Alan Savory




Spring 1996 – The Importance of Being Earnest


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Eric Usher




Dramatis Personae

John Worthing, J.P. Of The Manor House, Woolton  –  David Crosby
Algernon Moncrieff, his friend  –  Roger Wentworth
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. Rector of Woolton  –  Phil Collins
Merriman, Butler to Mr. Worthing  –  Dominic Whitehead
Lane, Mr. Moncrieff’ s manservant  –  William Wilson
Lady Bracknell  –  Rosemary Austen
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax, her daughter   –  Shannon Milsom
Cecily Cardew, John Worthing’s ward  –  Judith Brightman
Miss Prism, her governess  –  Lynda Savory

The Production Team

Director  –  Eric Usher
Stage Manager  –  Bob Pugh
Set Design  –  Maureen Yule
Publicity  –  Emma-Jane Savory & Matthew Hall
Set Build & Decorate  –  Ed Cronin; Stephanie Cronin; Chris Hunnam; Andy Kibbey; Tanzy Lee; Graham Linay; Lyn Martin; Bethan Pugh; Darren Rawnsley; Sharon Rawnsley; Dominic Whitehead and Members of the Club
Lighting  –  John Morgan
Sound  –  Nick Thompson
Pianoforte Recordings  –  Pat Thompson
Properties  –  Rachel Greaves
Make Up  –  Kathy Williams
Prompt  –  Viviene Dyer
Costumes  –  Pepés
Front of House  –  Trish James; Emma James; Jack Hyde and Members of the Club


Autumn 1995 – Out of Sight…Out of Murder


Out of Sight…Out of Murder

by Fred Carmichael

Directed by Lynda Savory

Produced by Emma Savory



The Cast

Peter Knight . … Bob Kretowitz
Minna … Trish James
Lydia Bllllngham … Lyn Martin
Cogburn … Michael Black
Key Kelsey … Debbie Mather
Fiona Babcock … Maggie Redgrave
Addie … Sharon Reed
Dick Stenton … Paul Sweeney
Jordan Dillingham … Jack Hyde
Prompt … Peter Barton

The Production Team

Director … Lvnda Savory
 Producer … Emma Savory
Stage Manager … Dominic Whitehead
Assisted by … Beryl-Anne Dixon
Set Design & Construction … Andy Willmott
Properties … Maureen Yule
Assisted by … Graham Linay & Matthew Hall
Lighting … John Morgan & Adam Greaves
Sound … Lesley Barclay
Publicity … Emma-Jane Savory
Assisted by … Matthew Hall & Lynda Savory
General Factotum … Rebecca Stampton
Photographs … Bob Kretowicz; Lesley Barclay; Peter Barton & Mel Pugsley
Front of House … Malcolm Lyons
Assisted by .. Emma James; Alan Savory; Matthew Hall; Wendy Martin; Eric Usher; Nick Thompson; Rachel Greaves ; Andy Kibby & Chris Harris


Spring 1995 – No Sex Please, We’re British


No Sex Please, We’re British

by Anthony Marriot & Alistair Foot

Directed by Malcolm Lyons



The Cast

Peter Hunter … Daniel Tarrant
Frances Hunter … Emma-Jane Savory
Eleanor Hunter … Beryl-Anne Dixon
Brian Runnicles … Michael Black
Leslie Bromhead … Jack Hyde
Superintendent Paul … Phil Collins
Mr. Needham … Nicholas Hemens
Susan … Judith Brightman
Barbara … Rachel Greaves
Delivery Man … Peter Barton
Terry … John Freeman
Postman … Adam Greaves
TV Newscastor … John Morgan

The Production Team

Director … Malcolm Lyons
Stage Manager … Dominic Whitehead
Assisted by … Maureen Yule
Set Design … Colin Chalk
Lighting … Peter Levitt
Live Effects … Adam Greaves
Sound … John Morgan
Set Construction … Andy Willmot & Bob Pugh
Properties … Lyn Martin; Leslie Barclay & Linda Savory
Publicity … Emma-Jane Savory
Assisted by … Matthew Hall
Photographs and Graphic Design . . . Tanzy Lee
Prompt … Cheryl Griffiths
Front of House … Trish James
Assisted by … Emma James; Chris Harris; Julie Davidson & Club Members

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Autumn 1994 – Dr Who and the Empress of Othernow

Dr Who and the Empress of Othernow

by Peter Vialls

Directed by Ruth Morgan

Produced by Peter Vialls

The Doctor  Bob Pugh
Gwen  Rachel Greaves
Centurion  Emma Onyett
Julius  John Freeman
Controller  Gerry Davison
Rhodri  Bob Kretowicz
Cormac  Andy Kibbey
Siobhan  Bethan Pugh
Rhiannon  Ruth Cooper
Legionaries  Matthew Hall, Ivan Mahon, Bob Kretowicz, John Freeman
Livia  Maggie Redgrave
Augustus  Jack Hyde
Maecenas  Gerry Davison
Apollodorus  Peter Barton
Julia  Debbie Mather
General Varus  Adrian Rigelsford
Tiberius  Ivan Mahon
Slaves  Emma Onyett & Bethan Pugh
Cyber Commander  Adam Greaves
Cyber Technician  Paul Sweeney
Tannoy  Peter Barton
Prompt  Ruth Cooper & Peter Barton

The Crew

Stage Manager  Chris Hunnam
Asst. Manager  Karl Bloy
Set Design  Graham Vaughan
Asst Design  Janet Gray
Publicity  Emma Jane Savory & Tanzy Lee
Pyrotechnics  Bob Beattie
Lighting  Peter Levitt
Asst. Lighting  John Morgan
Sound Effects  Bob Wilson
Asst. Sound  Philip Wilson
Live Sounds  Nick Thompson
Props  Carmen Beattie
Make up  Kathy Williams
Costumes  The Wardrobe, Cambridge & Harlequin Hire
Hair Stylist  Beryl Anne Dixon
Stage Crew  Matthew Redman, Peter Sweeney, Dee Wormald & John Wormald
Front of House  Trish James, Malcolm Lyons, Ruth Pugh, Bethan Pugh,
Lynda Savory, Leslie Barclay & Alan Savory


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 July 1994 – Golden Gala Evening




Golden Gala Evening







As a founder member of this club, may I welcome other groups from Huntingdonshire to our 50th anniversary Party.

Amateur drama has figured largely in my non-working life, over 100 productions, and I recall with gratitude a host of memories and valued friends it has brought me. Some of those close friends are no longer with us but always remembered.

All clubs experience their highs and lows, their successes and flops, their unwanted back-stage dramas, the important thing is not to loose heart and to carry on.

A great bonus of amateur drama is the camaraderie that exists between all participants, back-stage as well as those in the public eye. There is bound to be rivalry and competition between club and among club members but the strong bonding and mutual respect are still there. Think of happenings and anecdotes that can only be told and only be appreciated by like-minded people.

Tonight, however, there is no spirit of competition. We are all here to have an enjoyable evening. Thank you for joining our party and taking part in the festivities.

Jack Hyde

Master of Ceremonies

Peter Vialls

Saint Barts Readers & Singers present

News Items and Songs from 1944

Michael Black
Trish James
Sue Combes
Danny McCracken
Chris Sutcliffe
Angela McCracken

Saint Neots Players present

Mother Figure

from the Confusions Series by Alan Ayckbourn

Joesaphine King
David Hereinx
Julie Large

Kates Crew presents

The Oversite

by Ghita lonescu
The Academition … Michael Black
His Wife … Beryl-Anne Dixon
His Friend … Jack Hyde
The Maid … Trish James
Directed by Kate Fenemore

Oars presents

Beginner’s Luck

by Don Fraser

Bert … Robin Proudfoot
Maureen … Cheryl Griffiths
Ethel … Maggie Redgrave


Performed by Members of Saint Ives Music and Drama

Peter’s Players presents

A Sequence of Events

by G.M. Green

The Hangman … Phil Collins
Claude Vole … Matthew Hall
Herbert Vole … Wilie Wilson
Margret Vole .. Trish James
Lily-Anne Turbett … Denise Jones
Directed by Peter Barton

Glo & Co. presents

Last Tango in Little Stukely

by David Tristram

Gordon … Brian Perrett
Bernard … Andy Kendon
Joyce … Jan Hall
Margaret … Jan Sheppeard
Directed by Gloria Poole R.S.A. Dip

Oars Presents

The Interview

Mr. Hopkins … Robin Proudfoot
Miss Farmer … Maggie Redgrave

Dominic Dominoes presents

Dinner For One

James … Dominic Whitehead
Miss Sophie … Beryl-Anne Dixon

Warboys Amateur Dramatics Society present

An Excerpt from their Old Time Music Hall


Spring 1994 – Tom Jones




Tom Jones

by Joan Macalpine


Directed by Eric Usher

The Players

Tom Jones – Dave BrewerSquire Allworthy – Jack HydeBridget Allworthy – Beryl-Anne DixonThwackum – Tony GaskellBlifil – Matthew HallSquire Western – Phil CollinsMolly Seagrim – Judith BrightmanSophia Western – Liz SnowdonDoctor – Adam GreavesHonour – Rachel GreavesSusan – Emma SavoryMrs. Waters – Lyn MartinMrs. Fitzpatrick – Lesley BarclayBetty – Bethan PughCaptain Fitzpatrick – Brian PerrettLord Fellamar – Willie WilsonConstable – Dominic WhiteheadFirst Bystander – Trish JamesSecond Bystander – Lynda SavoryWoman with a basket – Beryl-Anne DixonAndrews – Adam GreavesAllworthy’s Servant – Adam HickinExecutioner – Brian PerrettPriest

The Production Team

Director – Eric UsherStage Managers – Bob Pugh & Tanzy LeeSet Design – Tanzy Lee & Bob PughCostumes Harlequin; County Wardrobe; Shakespeare at the George & Mo PearceSet Construction – Denise Jones; Carol Ashcroft; Maureen Yule; Claire Goovaerts; Karen Beattie; Andy Willmott; Peter Barton; Carl Bloy; Bob Beattie & Chris HunnamMake Up – Kathy WilliamsHair & Wigs – Beryl-Anne DixonLighting – Andy KendonSound – John MorganFront of House – Malcolm LyonsPrompt – Vivian DyerProperties – Trish James & Lynda Savory With thanks to: Mr. Ken O’Ryan, The Card Gallery, The George Hotel, Brampton Park Theatre Club, Shakespeare at the George, Hill Farm Nurseries, Kall Kwik Printing, West End DIY and The St. Ivo Centre.

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Autumn 1993 – Loot




by Joe Orton

Directed by Peter Barton




McLeavy – Jack Hyde
Fay – Jo Gray
Hal – Adam Hickin
Dennis – Adam Greaves
Truscott – Tony Gaskell
Meadows – Michael Black
Mrs. McLeavy – Dee Seesed
Prompt – Amy McFarlane

Production Team

Director Peter Barton
Stage Manager Chris Hunnam
Assisted by Andy Willmott; Mathew Redman; Bob Beattie; Richard Hunnam; Bob Pugh; Chris Hunnam; Virginia Mullins; Tony Mullins; Amanda Hunnam & Denise Tecklenberg
Lighting Peter Levitt
Property Mistress Racheal Greaves
Sound Chris Tecklenberg
Front of House Trish James, Linda Savory Assisted by Club Members



Spring 1993 – A Chorus of Disapproval



A Chorus of Disapproval

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Kate Fenemore


The Players

Guy Jones – Willie Wilson
Dafydd ap Llewellyn – Brian Perrett
Hannah Llewellyn – Lynne Dent
Bridget Baines – Emma-Jane Savory
Mr. Ames – Michael Black
Enid Washbrook – Trish James
Rebecca Huntley-Pike – Lyn Martin
Fay Hubbard – Beryl-Anne Dixon
Ian Hubbard – Dominic Whitehead
Jarvis Huntley-Pike – Tony Gaskell
Ted Washbrook – Jack Hyde
Crispin Usher – Nige Jackson
Linda Washbrook – Jo Gray
Nicholas Jacklin – Adam Greaves
Faith Bush – Rachel Greaves
Supporting Roles – Linda Savory; Andrew Savory; Andy Willmott
Prompt Lesley Barclay

The Production Team

Director – Kate Fenemore
Musical Director – Michael Black
Choreography – Ros Clark
Stage Manager – John Morgan
Set Design – Colin Chalk
Costumes – Shakespeare at the George & Mo Pearce
Set Construction – Claire Goovearts; Chris Hunnam; Tanzy Lee; Andy Willmott; Bob Pugh & Peter Barton
Lighting – Peter Levitt; Gareth Harris & Matthew Redman
Front Of House – Malcolm Lyons, assisted by Club Members


Mr Ken O’Ryan The Three Jolly Butchers, Wyton West End DIY Kirton Construction Stukeley Road Nurseries The Cottage Gallery Huntingdon Sale Rooms Elphicks of Huntingdon

And especially all those people who have helped, and are not mentioned in this programme.


Autumn 1992 – The Ghost Train


The Ghost Train

by Arnold Ridley

Directed by Dominic Whitehead & Rouland Liiv


The Cast

Saul Hodgkin – Tony Gaskell
Richard Winthrop – Michael Black
Elsie, his wife – Diane Kelly
Charles Murdock – Peter Vialls
Peggy, his wife – Judith Jordan
Miss Bourne – Gill Butler
Teddie Deakin – Nicholas Hemens
Julia Price – Jo Gray
Herbert Price – Charles Looker
John Sterling – Jack Hyde
Jackson – Phil Collins

The Crew

Directors – Dominic Whitehead & Rouland Liiv
Stage Managers – Peter Barton & Chris Hunnam
Set Design – Chris Hunnam, inspired by Colin Chalk
Lighting – Claire Goovaerts
Sound Effects – John Morgan
Costumes – Trish James
Hairdressing – Beryl-Anne
Publicity – Willie Wilson
Front of House – Trish James, Brian and Linda Jackson, Linda and Emma Savory, & Peter Foley
Stage Crew – Matthew Redman, Robert Lister & Tony and Virginia Mullins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Huntingdon Drama Club extends grateful thanks to the Caretaker, Commemoration Hall; Harlequin Costume Hire; Trevor Morgan, for the loan of his revolver; Michael Black and Charles Looker for the generous use of their living rooms, with supplies of coffee; Diane Kelly for the cookies; Imrays, for printing this programme; and to Derren Plows for understanding why we could not allow him to play the role of Teddie.

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Spring 1992 – Lady Windermere’s Fan


 Lady Windermere’s Fan

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Eric Usher



The Cast

Lord Windermere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Wilson
Lady Windermere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Brown
Lord Darlington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas Hemens
Mrs Erlynne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Fenemore
Lord Augustus Lorton . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Hyde
The Duchess of Berwick . . . . . . . . . . Rosie Austen
Mr Dumby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Westcott
Lady Agatha Carlisle . . . . . . . . . . . Judith Jordan
Mr Hopper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Brown
Lady Plymdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diane Kelly
Cecil Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Vialls
Lady Stutfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lynn Martin
Parker, the Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Greaves
Lady Jedburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trish James
Sir James Royston . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Spears
Rosalie, the maid . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Reed

The Crew

Director . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Usher
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . John Morgan
Set Design & Painting . . . . . Colin Chalk
Properties . . . . . . . . . . Gill Butler
Continuity . . . . . . . . . . Vivienne Dyer
Lighting Effects . . . . . . John Morgan
Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . Harlequin
Make-up . . . . . . . . . . . . Cast members
Lighting Equipment . . . . . . Ancient Lights
Publicity . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Wilson
Front of House and sales . . . Janet Vialls, Emma & Christine Langdale, Linda & Brian Jackson, & other club members
Stage crew . . . . . . . . . . Bob Pugh, Bob Beattie and other club members

Acknowledgements: Huntingdon Drama Club extends grateful thanks to the Caretaker, Commemoration Hall; the George Hotel; Stukeley Floral Services; Lloyd’s Rank, Huntingdon; and to Mrs Hilary Grant.

Readers may be interested to note that a direct descendant of the butler in this play would become the butler to Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward.

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Autumn 1991 – Pass The Butler


 Pass The Butler

by Eric Idle

Directed by Trish James


The Cast

Sir Robert Charles . . Himself
Butler . . . . . . . . Michael Black
Lady Charles . . . . . Beryl-Anne Dixon
Harris . . . . . . . . Phil Collins
Hugo Charles . . . . . Peter Vialls
Annabelle Charles. . . Gill Butler
Nigel Charles . . . . . Tom Pitcher
Kitty . . . . . . . … Astrid Hurst
Ronnie . . . . . . . . Jack Hyde
Slater . . . . . . . . Dominic Whitehead

The Crew

Director . . . . . . . Trish James
Stage Manager . . . . . Bob Pugh
Set Design . . . . . . John Morgan and Bob Pugh
Set Painting . . . . . Sue and crew
Properties . . . . . . Matthew Hall
Continuity . . . . . . Rouland Liiv
Lighting & Effects . . John Morgan
Voices off . . . . . . Rouland Liiv and Trish James
Costumes and Make-up . Cast members
Lighting Equipment . . Ancient Lights
Publicity . . . . . . . Willie Wilson
Front of House/sales . Brian and Linda Jackson, Janet Vialls, Peter Foley and club members
Stage crew . . . . . . Matthew Hall, Trevor, and Chris Hunnam

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Huntingdon Drama Club extends grateful thanks to Cambridgeshire Libraries and Information Service; The Frock Exchange. Fenstanton; Stukeley Road Nurseries; the Caretaker, Commemoration Hall; Kirton Construction Ltd; and to the Surrey Constabulary for the loan of the Inspector and the right to beat him up and treat him unmercifully.


Spring 1991 – School for Scandal


School for Scandal

by R B Sheridan

Directed by Michael Black




Joseph Surface – Aidan Green
Charles Surface – Richard Sloane
Sir Oliver Surface – Phil Collins
Sir Peter Teazle – Charles Looker
Snake – Michael Black
Crabtree – Glenn Stevenson
Sir Benjamin Backbite – Willie Wilson
Rowley – Jack Hyde
Hoses – Dominic Whitehead
Careless – Rouland Liiv
Sir Barry Bumper – Peter Vialls
A gentleman – Matthew Hall
Trip, Charles’s servant – Derren Plows
William, Joseph’s servant – Tom Pitcher
Lady Sneerwell – Lynne Dent
Mrs Candour – Martine Peulevé
Lady Teazle – Claire Ford
Maria – Elizabeth Thurgeson
The Teazles’ servant – Judith Jordan
Maria’s Servant -Jo Gray
Lady SneerWell’s servants – Gill Butler & Emma Langdale
Directed by Michael Black

Production Team

Stage manager – Tanzy Lee
Sound and lighting – Peter Levett and John Morgan
Set design – Rachel Hankinson
Properties – Gill Butler
Make-up – Trish James
Staging – Bob Pugh
Prompter – Janet Vialls
Front of house manager – Trish James
Costumes – Harlequin Costume Hire & Shakespeare at the George


Autumn 1988 – Easy Virtue by Noel Coward


Directed by Lynne Dent



Colonel Whittaker Jack Hyde
Mrs Whittaker Edna Blow
Marion Mary Barnard
Hilda Sarah Hall
John Gary Cooper
Larita Kate Fenemore
Sarah Hurst Michelle Bryant
Charles Burleigh Michael Black
Furber Lance Spong
Phillip Borden Dean Laccohee
Mr Harris Ted Sandy
Nina Vansittart Beryl-Ann Dixon
Hon. Hugh Petworth Ray Godfree
Bobby Coleman Brian Hunt
Lucy Coleman Alison Davidge
Henry Furley Willie Wilson
Mary Banfield Effe Chrisostomou
Mrs Hurst Pat Keane
Mrs Phillips Jean Lander

The action takes place in the hall of Colonel Whittaker’s house in the country.

ACT I – Spring

ACT II – 3 months later

ACT III – Later that evening

There will be two intervals

Production Team

Producer Trish James
 Director Lynne Dent
Stage Managers John Morgan, Tanzy Lee
Set Design Brian Barnes
Staging Bob Pugh, Chris Hunnam
Lighting Crew Cliff Christie, Keith Phillips
Deborah Swann, Paul Honeywood
Props Effe Chrisostomou
Prompt Trish Graham
Publicity Keith Phillips
Front of House Trish James & Members
Costumes Harlequinn Hire
Movement Coach Eric Usher
Poster Design John Hall
Make-Up Linda Morgan & team

The Club wishes to acknowledge the help given by the following:

bullet Card Gallery Shops of Huntingdon
bullet Caretaker, Commemoration Hall
bullet Elphicks
bullet Flora Magna
bullet George Hotel, Huntingdon
bullet Hill House, Ellington
bullet Huntingdon Red Cross Society
bullet Norwich & Peterborough Building Society
bullet A N Audio
bullet Leonie Finlay Photography

Anyone wishing to join or receive information about Huntingdon Drama Club please contact the Secretary Michael Black.




Spring 1988 – Any Number Can Die


Any Number Can Die

by Fred Carmichael

Directed by Michael Black

Produced by Robert Williams




Chuck Robert Williams
Judy Marie Smith
Zenia Beryl-Anne Dixon
Roger Masters Raymond Godfree
Celia Lathrop Pat Keane
T.J. Lathrop Colin Roper
Edgars Richard James
Ernestine Wintergreen Edna Blow
Sally VanViller Sarah Bass
Carter Forstman Mike Ockwell
Jack Regent Hamish Wilson
Hannibal Hix Jack Hyde


Technical Director John Morgan
Stage Manager Bob Pugh
Assistant Stage Manager Cliff Christie
Lighting Tanzy Lee
Duncan Cochrane
Sound John Morgan
Set Decoration Matthew Sansom
Peter Sansom
Wardrobe Trish Graham
Trish James
Properties Gill Butler
Judith Wilson
Effe Chrisostomou
Ruth Colmer
Make Up Rosemary Knight
Judith Wilson
Publicity Robert Williams
Gill Butler
Trish James
Front of House Manager Trish James
Poster & Programme Cover Brian Barnes
Photographs Tanzy Lee
Prompters Trish Graham
Marie Smith
Musicians Rod Fisher
Matthew Sansom

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1987 – Huntingdon Carnival Drama Festival & Weekly News Drama Awards



Huntingdon Carnival Drama Festival & Weekly News Drama Awards

Directed by Kate Fenemore


Deborah Lynne Dent
Hornby Jack Hyde
Pauline Beryl Dixon

Check out our success!

Carnival festivalTHE sixth Huntingdon Carnival drama festival took place last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – and for the first time was won by the town’s own amateur players.In fact Huntingdon Drama Club practically swept the board, taking the awards for best overall production, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.Alconbury on Stage, a team from RAF Alconbury, won the best actor award, while Waterbeach Community Players were awarded the Adjudicator’s Cup for their original script.The adjudicator, Miss Peggy Batchelor of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, deserved a special award for her dedication in driving to Huntingdon each day from her home in Buckinghamshire.The festival took place at the Commemoration Hall, and the awards were presented by the Mayor of Huntingdon and the carnival queen.


Autumn 1984 – Hay Fever


Hay Fever

by Noel Coward





Cast In Order Of Appearance

Sorel Bliss Jean Edrich
Simon Bliss Paul Nicol
Clara Patricia James
Judith Bliss Kate Fenemore
David Bliss Jack Hyde
Sandy Tyrell David Foyle
Myra Arundel Lynne Dent
Richard Greatham Keith Phillips
Jackie Coryton Tena Hodson


Produced by Eric Usher
Stage Manager Bob Pugh
Lighting Bob Beattie
Properties Karen Beattie
Set Design Bob Pugh
Keith Phillips
Continuity Kathleen Martin
Artwork Melanie Telford

The action of the play takes place in the Hall of the Blisses’ House at Cookham, during a June weekend.

ACT I Saturday afternoon

ACT II Saturday evening

ACT III Sunday morning

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between Acts I & 11, when refreshments will be on sale in the foyer. There will also be a 3-minute interval between the II & III Acts.


This production would not have been possible without the help and assistance of the following:

Mrs. W. Wheeler, for the loan of the Costumes

bullet Elphicks of Huntingdon
bullet Munro of Godmanchester
bullet SIMADS
bullet Hambleden Press
bullet Flora Magna
bullet The Manager and staff, George Hotel
bullet The Card Gallery, Huntingdon
bullet The Antique Galleries, Huntingdon


After its conception in 1943, the Club began with two one-act plays in 1944 and its first full-length play in the Town Hall in 1945. The next year saw a move to the Corner Theatre, which has long since given way to a commercial showroom. In 1949 we turned to the George Hall and the 11 years spent there are remembered by many as the heyday of the Club.

In 1960 we made our last move, to the Commemoration Hall, where for the first time we had a permanent stage, dressing-rooms, kitchen facilities and scenery accommodation.

During its 40 years the Club has won numerous awards . for outstanding productions, many of them in the last ten years alone. For each production the Club gives a free preview performance to an invited pensioners’ audience.

To new members of the audience we extend a cordial invitation to keep coming, to the small but loyal band of regular supporters we render deepest thanks, you have made it all worthwhile.


The Club has now had three Presidents and could not have been more fortunate in the choice:

bullet the late Dowager Lady Hemingford
bullet the late Lord Hemingford
bullet Mr. Kenneth Beaton, JP

A word of thanks is also due to Jack Hyde, who was in the very first Club production, and is still acting in our plays now. We are grateful for his loyal support over the years, and hope he continues to be a regular cast member in years to come.



Autumn 1971 – Present Laughter

Present Laughter

by Noel Coward

Produced by Paul Mackenzie


Daphne Stillington Anne Cock ton
Miss Erikson Hilma Young
Fred Ted Sandy
Monica Reed Audrey Galloway
Garry Essendine Jack Hyde
Liz Essendine Shirley Mackenzie
Roland Maule John Puddington
Henry Lyppiatt Tom Rainey
Morris Dixon Brian Herring
Joanna Lyppiatt Sandra Cullingford
Lady Saltburn Joyce Milton



Produced by Paul Mackenzie
Stage Manager Terry Young
Lighting .John Evans
Properties Joyce Milton and Hilma Young
Wardrobe Sally Rolfe
Prompt Sally Rolfe
Make‑up Audrey Galloway, Christine Butler and Mary Everett

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Summer 1971 – The Young Elizabeth

The Young Elizabeth

Produced by Peter Sawford


1st Palace Guard Simon Dennison
2nd Palace Guard Puddington
A Page Marilyn Fowler
Lord Thomas Seymour Jack Hyde
Lord Robert Tyrwhitt Paul Mackenzie
Katherine Parr Audrey Galloway
Mary Tudor Ann Greenfield
William Cecil Dennis Clarke
Bishop Gardiner Brian Herring
Amy, a Serving‑maid Jill Rainey
Katherine Ashley Maisie Bagley
Elizabeth Tudor Veronica Fowler
Thomas Parry Tom Rainey
Robert Dudley Ted Sandy
Lady Tyrwhitt Shirley Mackenzie
Abel Cousins Simon Dennison
Sir Francis Verney Chris Deighton
Sir Thomas Wyatt Jack Hyde
Sir Peter Carew John Puddington (Appears by kind permission of U.S.A.F. Alconbury)
Lord William Howard Simon Dennison


Producer Peter Sawford
Stage Manager Terry Young
Properties Marilyn Fowler and Veronica Fowler
Swords, weapons, etc Sandy Cullingford
Lighting Danny Guinevan and Brian Herring
Sound Christine Horabin
Wardrobe Thelma Chrystie and Sally Rolfe
Prompt Joyce Milton
Makeup Audrey Galloway, Christine Butler, and others
Dresser Hilma Young

Marilyn Fowler has understudied the part of Elizabeth.


Spring 1971 – The Crucible

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller


Betty Parris Gillian Rainey
Rev. Samuel Parris Ivor Watson
Tituba Joyce Milton
Abigail Williams Veronica Fowler
Susanna Walcott Christine Horabin
Ann Putnam Shirley Mackenzie
Thomas Putnam Chris Dighton
Mercy Lewis Marilyn Fowler
Mary Warren Sandra Cullingford
John Proctor Peter Sawford
Rebecca Nurse Maisie Bagley
Giles Corey Tom Rainey
Rev. John Hale Joe Gordon
Elizabeth Proctor Audrey Barber
Francis Nurse Paul Mackenzie
Ezekiel Cheever Simon Dennison
John Willard Norman Fenna
Judge Hathorne Ted Sandy
Deputy‑Governor Danforth       David Greenfield
Sarah Good Edith Stephenson


Produced by Jack Hyde
Stage Manager Terry Young
Properties Hilma Young
Lighting and Sound      John Wayne
Ladies Costumes Thelma Christy
Mens Costumes Sally Rolfe
Make‑up June Siddons
Front of House Doris Beaton


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Autumn 1970 – As Long as They’re Happy

As Long as They’re Happy

by Vernon Sylvaine

Produced by Peter Sawford


Gwendoline Bentley Fowler
Linda June Elton
Mr. Skeffington Fred Osborne
Patricia Pember Audrey Barber
Stella Bentley Shirley Mackenzie
John Bentley Jack Hyde
Bobby Denver Chris Dighton
Herman Schneider Paul Mackenzie
Michael Kenley Ivor Watson
Peter Pember Ted Sandy
Pearl Hilma Young
Corinne Christine Horabin
Barnaby David Greenfield


Produced by  Peter Sawford
Stage Manager Terry Young
Properties Marilyn Fowler
Sound Effects Danny Guinevan
Prompt Tom Rainey
Lighting John Wayne
Publicity David Greenfield


Spring 1970 – Person Unknown

Person Unknown

by Olive Chase & Stanley Clayton

Produced by Paul Mackenzie


Margo Hendricks Students        Ann Greenfield
Elizabeth Gray Hilma Young
Detective Inspector Ian Conway  Peter Sawford
Jane Canning
Warden of Marlow Hall of Residence.
Shirley Mackenzie
Dr. Gilbert Canning, M.A., Ph.D.
her brother.
Jack Hyde
P.C. Austin  Ray Williams
Detective Sergeant Joe Brandon  John Parkinson
Mrs. Ramsey  Maisie Bagley
Holly Cawder  David Greenfield
Andrew Duncan  Ted Sandy


Producer Paul Mackenzie
Stage Manager      Rowan McFerran
Properties Brian Harvey and June Elton
Sound Effects Audrey Barber
Prompt Joyce Milton
Lighting Danny Guinevan

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Spring 1962 – Mr Pim Passes


 Mr Pim Passes

by A A Milne

Produced by Margaret Godfrey



Anne Joanne Coleman
Carraway Pim Brian Harvey
Dinah (George’s Niece) Tina Lloyd
Brian Strange Peter Gutteridge
Olivia Marden (George’s Wife)  Pamela Blackie
George Marden J.P. Jack Hyde
Lady Marden (his Aunt) Christine Henderson


Stage Management & Lighting Eric Carrington
Publicity Eric Carrington




Spring 1961 – Breath of Spring


Breath of Spring

by Peter Coke


Autumn 1960 – Beside the Seaside


Beside the Seaside

by Leslie Sands


Spring 1960 – Duet for Two Hands


 Duet for Two Hands

by Mary Hayley Bell

Produced by Edna Peck



Abigail Sarclet Christine Henderson
Herda Sarclet Doris Beaton
Fletty Pat Jolley
Edward Sarclet Gilbert Watson
Stephen Cass Jack Hyde


Musical Arrangements Irene Tomlin
Illustrated Poster Kathleen Collingwood
Lighting & Sound Effects Martyn Siddons & Eric Carrington
Publicity Eric Carrington


A historic shot of cast and director of “Duet for Two Hands” (1960) the first production in the newly built Commemoration Hall.  Doris Beaton is seated left & Jack Hyde can be seen standing behind veteran director Edna Peck (seated right)