The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder - 9, 10 and 11 April 1970

The play takes place in the early 1880s in New York. One reviewer enjoyed it immensely:'The play ran without a hitch, seating was well planned, flower arrangements beautiful, and every little detail attended to, so that the audience could enjoy a good night out. I thought that the sets were attractive, especially the hat store. A lot of ingenious planning had gone into the conversion from the house in Act 1 to the store in Act 2. Anyone who watches and listens to our local amateur production cannot but marvel at the talented people we have in our midst. Year after year they entertain us, striving to keep up the high standard we have come to expect.'

Another reviewer was not so enamoured, although he or she was happy with the Players' performances, thinking that the play itself was 'dated'.

Directed by Beverley Joicey.

Cast
Horace Vandergelder..............................................Patrick Brady
Ambrose Kemper...................................................Stephen Parker
Joe Scanlon..........................................................Alistair Moyes
Gertrude................................................................Kathleen C Bacon
Cornelius Hackl......................................................Anthony Logan
Ermengarde...........................................................Jill Dungay
Malachi Stack........................................................Christopher Kirk
Mrs Levi.................................................................Robina Cole
Barnaby Tucker......................................................Tony Riley
Mrs Molloy.............................................................Patricia Shepherdson
Minnie Fay.............................................................Marjorie Riley
A cabman...............................................................Savile Rushworth
Rudolf.....................................................................Cyril Smith
August....................................................................David Hanby
Miss Flora Van Huysen............................................Peggy Lawson
Her cook.................................................................Kathleen Cording.


Villa for Sale by Sacha Guitry - 1970

A one act play entered into Wensleydale Drama Festival and presented at the Elite Cinema, Leyburn. It was a French comedy set in a villa near Paris.

Directed by Peggy Lawson.

Cast
Gaston....................Tony Riley
Jeanne....................Eileen Smith
Juliette....................Cherry Bridge
Mrs Al. Smith..........Kathleen Cording
A maid....................Susan Sunley.

Pickle in Paradise by Sam Bate - 29, 30 and 31 October 1970

The action of the play takes place in 'Paradise' the home of the wealthy Fairfield sisters.

'Right from the word go, 'Pickle in Paradise' was a laugh,' said one newspaper review, and another had the headline: 'Corny, but a lot of fun.'

I'm not sure what the plot was exactly but one reviewer, having attended the Thursday performance, said:

'I was pleased to hear that on the following two nights of the play, the ending was slightly altered. The one I saw left the audience with a sense of anti-climax, but Friday and Saturday audiences were pleased to see a new bachelor cleric enter just before the curtain came down, so the spinsters could start all over again.'

Someone must have had to take that part at a moment's notice!

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman.

Cast
Annie.....................................Eileen Smith
The Rev Richard Bird...............Leonard Mitton
Amelia Potts..........................Audrey Hill
Hepzibah Fairfield....................Peggy Lawson
Penelope Fairfield....................Kathleen Cording
Peter Fairfield.........................John Butterwick
Henry Louvain.........................Tony Riley
Mrs Louvain.............................Cherry Bridge.

A letter from the General by Maurice McLoughlin - 15, 16 and 17 April 1971

The action of the play took place in the Common Room of a Mission Station in an Eastern country in the year 1950. Coffee and minerals were served during the interval.

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman.

Cast
Sister Henry.................................................Kathleen Cording
Sister Lucy.................................................. Peggy Lawson
Sister Bridget................................................Eileen Smith
Reverend Mother...........................................Miriam Lee
Sister Magdalen............................................Cherry Bridge
Arthur Stilton (the British Consul)...................Tony Riley
Ruth Stilton..................................................Patricia Shepherdson
Captain Lee..................................................John Butterwick
Father Schiller..............................................Leonard Mitton
Solider in the People's Republican Army.........Cyril Smith.

Queen Elizabeth slept here by Talbot Rothwell - 28, 29 and 30 October 1971

This play was apparently based on the play 'George Washington slept here' by Moss Hart and George S Kaufman. The scene is set in the living room of an old cottage of the Elizabethan period somewhere in Buckinghamshire.

The review describes it as 'a splendid comedy on a very interesting country situation when a couple of London flat dwellers move out to restore an old Elizabethan cottage long used as a barn store. It has all the historical fascinations which the play title implies, but the 'townies' find the country has its problems, no water, no sanitation and all sorts of rural snags.

Costs mount and likely foreclosure of mortgage adds to the worries when it is also found that a reputedly rich uncle has long been living on his wits...Towards the end of the play most of the participants in somewhat reckless despair find consolation from the drinks cupboard.'

Things did not seem to go smoothly for the production at the beginning however with lots of prompts and problems with lighting and effects. It all settled down though to a 'thoroughly enjoyable evening's entertainment.'

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman. The cast were: Anthony Logan, Patricia Shepherdson, John Butterwick, Deborah Richardson, Glyn Pearson, Kathleen Bacon, Audrey Hill, Joe Richmond, Yvonne Peel, Eileen Smith, Andrew Forster, Arthur Robson and Leonard Mitton.

The cast with Betty Freeman in the centre at the front.

A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde - 13, 14 and 15 April 1972

The Players' 30th Anniversary production, this play is set at Hunstanton Chase, near Wrockley.

The reviewer describes the play as a 'rather weary study of the Victorian aristocracy, with its chattering females and their wealthy companions, reflecting the great Victorian gulf between the upper crust and the working classes.' He or she seems to have liked the production however, praising the attention to detail in both set and costumes, and having some kind words to say about the individual performances. He or she finishes by saying: 'The play itself is dated and may have little appeal to a modern audience, but the patrons who supported the Society would find it a relaxing change.'

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman.

Cast
Lady Caroline Pontefract..............................Cherry Bridge
Miss Hester Worsley...................................Eileen Smith
Sir John Pontefract......................................Savile Rushworth
Lady Hunstanton.........................................Kathleen Cording
The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny D.D..............Anthony Logan
Gerald Artbuthnot........................................Alan Young
James (Footman)........................................David Hanby
Mrs Allonby................................................Peggy Lawson
Lady Stutfield.............................................Audrey Hill
Mr Kelvil, MP.............................................Arthur Robson
Lord Illingworth...........................................Tony Riley
Lord Alfred Rufford......................................John Butterwick
Farquhar (Butler)........................................Andrew Forster
Mrs Arbuthnot............................................Patricia Shepherdson
Alice (Maid)...............................................Jean Williamson.


The Devil his Due by Seamus Fail - 1972

A on one act play entered into the Wensleydale Drama Festival and which won best production.

Directed by Rachel Oliphant and Ralph Brooke. The cast were: John Butterwick, Eileen Butterwick, Len Mitton, Sheila Crome, Peggy Lawson, Andrew Donnelly, Tony Riley, Anthony Logan and Kathleen Cording.

A Home for Stray Cats by John Kirkpatrick - 30 November, 1 and 2 December 1972

The action of the play takes place at Linden Lodge, a large country house near the town of Bridport. It was a mystery play which according to the review 'opened with unbounding promise but lapsed into a conversation piece with little mystery and sense of the dramatic towards is close.'

A sister and brother are finding it difficult to maintain their large country house and take in boarders. A thriller writer and her secretary come to stay. There is an aged aunt upstairs in bed whose fortune is desired and needed by her poor relations. Naturally she is constantly changing her will. The secretary sees all of this as a good idea for the plot of a novel and sets down her thoughts with little idea that she might herself become a victim...

Overall the reviewer considered that there were too may forgotten lines but that the women carried the day. Hurray!

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman.

Cast
Mrs Smythe.............................Peggy Lawson
Louise Vickers.........................Kathleen Cording
Harriet Beam............................Eileen Smith
Elizabeth Byron........................Wendy Dunning
Nurse (Miss Green)...................Ida Hurst
Martha.....................................Rosemary Turton
Corinne Walker.........................Yvonne Peel
Ronnie Bliss.............................John Butterwick
Tom Byron...............................Tony Riley
Inspector Scott.........................Arthur Robson
Constable................................Andrew Middleton.

Wild Goose Chase by Derek Benfield - 12, 13 and 14 April 1973

The play took place in the baronial hall of Elrood Castle on a morning in summer. A suit of armour had to hired from Homburgs and a goose was made by Sister Ida of Richmond Convent!

Directed by Elizabeth Freeman.

Cast
Ada.............................Eileen Smith
Lord Elrood..................Arthur Robson
Patricia.......................Wendy Dunning
Lady Elrood.................Patricia Shepherdson
Jenny Stewart..............Rosemary Turton
Miss Partridge.............Audrey Hill
Chester Dreadnought...John Butterwick
Capone......................Charles Miller
Wedgewood...............Tony Riley
Hilary Pond................Andrew Middleton.

Try it again by J.B. Priestley - 1973

One act play which was entered into Wensleydale Drama Festival. The director and cast are unknown.

Separate Tables by Terrence Rattigan - 21, 22 and 23 November 1973

A fading model finding loneliness overtaking her is anxious to seek out the once promising junior Labour minister who through her earlier coldness she has largely destroyed and turned into an alcoholic. An army 'major' who has glorified and glamorised his service career though never reaching a rank more than substantive lieutenant in some obscure home posting, has become afflicted with a desire to make up to females in the darkness of the cinema.

Whilst performances were praised by the local journalist, he or she did not like the play, calling it a 'complete bore.'

Good value though - a ticket cost 25p!

Directed by Ralph Brooke.

Cast
Act 1 - Table by the window Act 2 Table number seven
Mabel................................Miriam Lee Mrs Stratton......................Rosemary Turton
Lady Matheson...................Ida Hurst Mr Stratton........................John Kettle
Miss Meacham...................Audrey Hill Major Pollock.....................Leonard Mitton
Mrs Railton-Bell..................Cherry Bridge Mr Fowler...........................John Rooke
Doreen...............................Sheila Crome Miss Cooper.......................Peggy Lawson
Mr Fowler...........................John Rooke Mrs Railton-Bell..................Cherry Bridge
Mrs Shanklan.....................Kathleen Cording Miss Railton-Bell.................Yvonne Peel
Miss Cooper.......................Peggy Lawson Lady Matheson...................Ida Hurst
Mr Malcolm........................Tony Riley Miss Meacham...................Audrey Hill
Mr Stratton.........................John Kettle Mabel.................................Miriam Lee
Miss Tanner........................Rosemary Turton Doreen...............................Sheila Crome
The casuals........................Anne Crome and David Hanby

Four plays in one night - A civil marriage by Robert Taritch, Queens of France by Thornton Wilder, The Madam by Gwen Cherell and The Devil his Due by Seamus Fail - 4, 5 and 6 April 1974

The Players put on this selection of one act plays which they had entered, or were planning to enter, into local festivals. The Madam and Queens of France were both entered into Wensleydale Festival in 1974 and Queens of France was entered into Nidderdale Festival, but on a non-competitive basis to boost numbers as two companies had had to pull out.

A review described it as 'a nicely balanced bill of four one-act plays.'

'A civil marriage' as a broad modern comedy, and 'Queens of France' was a gentle 19th century satire. 'The Madam' was a drama, and 'The Devil his due' a 'hilarious play' which had of course won Wensleydale festival two years previously. A ticket and programme combined came to 25p, and OAPs and children paid the princely sum of 10p.

Directed by Rachel Oliphant and Ralph Brooke.

A Civil Marriage Queens of France
Cast Cast
Mr Clayham.......................Anthony Logan M'su. Cahusac..............................Leonard Mitton
Mr Marigold........................Tony Riley Marie-Sidonie Cressaux................Yvonne Peel
Tony..................................Andrew Donnelly Madame Pugeot...........................Audrey Hill
Clare.................................Rosemary Turton Mlle. Pointevin..............................Cherry Bridge
Mrs Collinson.....................Ida Hurst
Young man.........................Stuart Wennen
Marcia...............................Marjorie Riley


The Madam The Devil his due
Cast Cast
Leonie Davenport...............Peggy Lawson Old Frowsty....................................John Butterwick
Ginny Davenport................Sheila Crome The Dispenser................................Eileen Butterwick
Molly Beak........................Miriam Lee The Stranger..................................Leonard Mitton
Anna Davenport.................Dorothy Anderton Mrs O'Reilly...................................Sheila Crome
Sandy...............................Tony Riley Mrs Rorke......................................Peggy Lawson
Paula Davenport.................Cherry Bridge The policeman................................Andrew Donnelly
John Butterwick, Eileen Butterwick and Kathleen Cording Father Higgins................................Tony Riley
Father DeVecha..............................Anthony Logan
White Witch.................................Kathleen Cording

   

The Devil his Due A Civil Marriage
l - r standing Len Mitton, Anthony Logan, Tony Riley
l - r sitting Peggy Lawson, ?

They don't grow on trees by Ronald Millar - 5, 6 and 7 December 1974

Roger Lennox, a struggling composer, and his wife Ruth, a television actress, try to solve their household cooking problems.

The reviewer in the Darlington and Stockton Times considered that the Players were back from the doldrums, and, interestingly, although they are still the Allertonshire Players on the programme and in the text of the article, the headline reads: 'Allerton Players reveal impressive talent in well-supported comedy.'

Not a very snappy headline, but perhaps this is how we started on the road to being the Allerton Players?

Directed by Rachel Oliphant.

Cast
Roger Lennox................................................Tony Riley
Ruth Lennox...................................................Yvonne Peel
Jessie MacFarlane.......................................Dorothy Anderton
Michael Lennox..............................................Nigel Tasane
Milcuzki............................................................Julian Higgs
Mrs Dawkins..................................................Peggy Lawson
Brigid O'Cooney.............................................Sheila Crome
Rupert Anstruther..........................................David Bolam
Mrs Van Boven...............................................Miriam Lee
Dellarosa Paravici........................................Joanne Walker
Miss Minter.....................................................Ida Hurst
Mary Thornton................................................Sue Wilkinson
Stephens........................................................Savile Rushworth
Mrs Campbell-Scully....................................Pat Gay
Mrs Zuckmeyer.............................................Jill Cowley
Mr Zuckmeyer...............................................Len Mitton

Midsummer Mink by Peter Coke - 3, 4 and 5 April 1975

A comedy the action of which takes place in the living room of Dame Beatrice Appleby's flat.

Directed by Rachel Oliphant.

Cast
Brigadier Albert Rayne CB CMG MVO.........................David Bolam
Alice, Lady Miller..............................................................Cherry Bridge
Miss Nanette Parry..........................................................Jill Cowley
Miss Elizabeth Hatfield...................................................Dorothy Anderton
Dame Beatrice Appleby..................................................Miriam Lee
Lily Thompson..................................................................Sue Wilkinson
Ted......................................................................................Mike Lightfoot
Michael Hogan.................................................................Tony Riley
Chris...................................................................................Nigel Tasane
Madame Chambert..........................................................Peggy Lawson
Detective Inspector Wilson.............................................Audrey Hill.

Soldier from the Wars Returning by David Campton 1975

This one act play was entered into Wensleydale and Nidderdale Drama Festivals. It won Best Production at Wensleydale and progressed to the Yorkshire Finals in Pontefract. It won there too and then took second place at the Area Finals in Mansfield. The play was awarded the Irene Garside Memorial Trophy for 'the enterprise shown in presenting such a difficult play to such a high standard.' However the British Theatre Association wrote and reclaimed it as it should not have been awarded at the Area Finals but only at the National Finals. The Players were forced to return it.

Directed  by Rachel Oliphant.

Cast
Barmaid.................Yvonne Peel
Barman..................Tony Riley
Soldier....................David Bolam


Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin by Alan Cullen - 21, 22 and 24 January 1976

A fantasy for young and old, apparently.

Ticket prices had shot up to 40p and 20p for concessions!

'Any entertainment promising to provide pleasure to young and old is suspect,' begins the review ominously, 'It is like a care which converts into a boat and is not entirely a success in either capacity.'

But - 'as presented by the Allertonshire Players at Northallerton last night, 'Hans, the Witch and the Goblin' (sic) by Alan Cullen, held an audience half of children and half adults as though spell bound.'

The story concerned a princess who has her memory stolen by a witch and the medical student who comes to find it. The witch, it turns out, steals memories because she has none of her own childhood, having been born already grown up. Bless.

Directed by Yvonne Peel.

Cast
Gob, a gobbin.............................................Nigel Tasane
Hans, a student..........................................Mark Ellis
Alicia, a princess........................................Margaretha Eriksson
Castor, a physician....................................Lance Frith
Senna, another physician.........................Mike Lightfoot
Rufus, a king...............................................David Bolam
Daisy, a witch..............................................Patricia Shepherdson
Mrs Crabtree, a dowser............................Jill Cowley
Sylvester, a swineherd.............................Tony Riley
Hank.............................................................Rita Carvey
Hunk, another pig......................................Nicola Peel
Queen of the Forest..................................Margaret Frith.


 
No Time for Fig Leaves by Duncan Greenwood and Robert King - 29 and 30 April, 1 May 1976

The action of the play passes in the reception room of Constance Claythorne's country house in the near but unspecified future.

A newspaper review said: 'Allertonshire Players' recent production, a largely female cast, presented a light nonsensical little play, which, despite plenty of humorous material, lacked some enthusiasm in presentation. It is difficult to be critical of an amateur group, but the Players themselves, with only small audiences attending the play at the Allertonshire School, must have been disappointed. Backed by large audiences there might have been a jollier atmosphere to encourage the actors and actresses.'

There was an insert in the programme to ask people what they would like to see. You had to tick a box as to which age group you considered yourself to be in - a) I class myself as young b) not so young, c) maturer and wiser. How polite.

The reviewer considered: 'My own view, having seen the Players in action for some 30 years, is that they should go into rehearsal for a somewhat more elaborate period and costume piece, with a good mixed team and take on the challenge of staging drama at the new community centre. It would not only be a challenge but should bring them in touch with the many new Northallerton residents who might be timid about joining the closely-knit circle surrounding the Allertonshire School. Surely the community centre is the new forum.'

Which is weird, considering the community centre is now called The Forum!

Act 1 of this play was entered into Wensleydale Festival and won Best Production.

Directed by David Bolam.

Cast
Monica Sharpe.............................................................Patricia Shepherdson
Constance Claythorne...............................................Cherry Bridge
Dora...............................................................................Lyn Bramley
Lydia Parker MP...........................................................Peggy Lawson
Wing Commander Nigel Lawler RAF......................Mike Lightfoot
Major Danvers-Bishop WRAC...................................Margaret Frith
Professor David Moxton.............................................Tony Riley
Helen Marchbanks......................................................Miriam Lee
Corporal Eve Forster WRAC......................................Sheona Frith.


Waiting for Gillian by Ronald Millar - 30 September, 1 and 2 October 1976

This play was based on the novel 'A way through the wood' by Nigel Balchin. Described as a 'serious drama' it involved the moral choices of a man of high standards who has to decide on his actions after finding out his wife has knocked down and killed the local policeman's brother-in-law. He has to choose whether to let a friend take the blame, get his wife to confess to the police or involve himself in a cover up. To complicate matters even further the wife is having an affaire with the husband's friend. Sound like he shoud drop them both in it!

The newspaper reviewer enjoyed the change in subject matter and felt it was 'well worth waiting for and proved they can present a serious drama that need not rely on stage effects and giggles.'

Directed  by Cherry Bridge.

Cast
James Manning........................................................Tony Riley
Gillian Manning.........................................................Yvonne Peel
The Hon. William Stephen Fitzharding Bule........Mike Lightfoot
PC Eddie Cater..........................................................David Bolam
Police Sergeant Groves............................................Arthur Robson
Mrs Elsie Pearce.......................................................Miriam Wakerly
Dr Barry Frewen.........................................................Lance Frith
Flo.................................................................................Ida Hurst
A woman.....................................................................Jill Cowley.

Still Life by Noel Coward and How he lied to her husband by George Bernard Shaw - 20 November 1976

A special one-off performance of these two one act plays was put on at the Allertonshire School. The intention being to 'give our new members a chance to find their stage legs, while working along with our more experienced players'.

'Still Life' is the play that Brief Encounter is based on. Entrance was 40p and the programme promised that 'the Chairman will introduce a few surprise items which we hope will interest and entertain.' Intriguing.

Still Life - Directed by Ida Hurst  

Cast
Laura Jesson...........................Peggy Lawson
Myrtle Bagot..............................Yvonne Peel
Beryl Waters.............................Yvonne Marston
Stanley.......................................Stephen Wakerly
Albert Godby..............................Leonard Mitton
Alec Harvey................................David Bolam
Young Man.................................Mike Whitehead
Bill................................................Mark Ellis
Johnnie.......................................Mike Lightfoot
Mildred........................................Jennifer Hart,
Dolly Messiter............................Joan Jerram

How he lied to her husband - Directed by Jill Cowley

Cast
He.......................David Groves
She.....................Joanne Batterbee
Her husband.....Tony Riley.

Hijack over Hygenia by David Wood - 21, 22 and 23 February 1977

This was a play for children put on during the half term holiday, concerning Measle (a cross between a weasel and a mouse} who hijacked a big Boeing Hareplane over the island of Hygenia, the cleanest and most spotless kingdom in the world. Although ther is trouble afoot as Doctor Spiknspan launches a dirty plot to introduce measles to the kingdom so that he can get some fees.

As the review said: 'Good, clean fun for all the family.'

Directed by Yvonne Peel.

Cast
Announcer........................................Peggy Lawson
Announcer........................................Arthur Robson
Hare Stewardesses.......................Anne Crome, Sheona Frith, Nicola Peel
Captain Springer............................Tony Riley
Hareplane navigator.......................David Bolam
Measle...............................................Mike Lightfoot
Weathervane....................................Len Mitton
Aerial..................................................Mark Ellis
Stainless, the cat.............................Yvonne Marston
The Courts Duster..........................David Groves
Auntie Septic....................................Jill Cowley
Gadget..............................................Lance Frith
Trumpeter........................................Chris Birks
The Grime Minister.........................Michael Whitehead
King Spring......................................Tony Riley
Queen Clean...................................Margaret Frith
Princess Spotless..........................Lyn Bramley
Page.................................................Jennifer Hart
Doctor Spiknspan...........................David Bolam
Measly Germs.................................Heather Atkinson, Anne Crome, Sheona Frith, Nicola Peel


Double Bill - The Red Velvet Goat by Josephine Niggli and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard - 30 September and 1 October 1977

The Red Velvet Goat featured a character called Esteban who longed to own a goat and this play was presented by pupils from the Allertonshire School.

In The Real Inspector Hound the action of the play passes on the stage of a theatre, set for the performance of a play, and part of the auditorium, set at Muldoon Moor, Essex. It tells the intriguing story of two critics who go to the theatre and become strangely involved in the play as it progresses.

'A normal sized audience' attended, whatever that means - no outrageously tall people perhaps? 'The prospect of tackling plays exploring such modern themes as fantasy, satire and surrealism presents boundless problems for professional drama groups, but last week the Allerton Players' enthusiasm managed to overcome many such fears and problems,' said the reviewer.

The interval was, apparently, extended to allow the Players to join the audience.

The Red Velvet Goat - directed by Jill Cowley

Cast
Esteban........................................Kenneth Chalmers
Mariana.........................................Zoe Balmain
Lorenzo.........................................Malcolm Nights
Lola...............................................Catriona Chalmers
Carmen........................................Wendy Mayes
Ester..............................................Fiona Henderson
Ramon.........................................Chris Birks
Don Pepe.....................................Michael Wennen
Dona Berta...................................Eileen Donnelly
A drunk..........................................Jenny Hart
Villagers........................................Sandra Grimes, Jacqueline Hollas, Elizabeth Mouel, Tracey Whitfield, Michael Donnelly,

The Real Inspector Hound - directed by David Bolam

Cast
Moon................................Mike Lightfoot
Birdboot..........................Tony Riley
Mrs Drudge....................Sheila Crome
Simon.............................Mark Ellis
Felicity............................Susie Wilkinson
Cynthia...........................Lyn Bramley
Magnus..........................Malcolm Roberts
Inspector Hound...........Anthony Logan.


The House by the Lake by Hugh Mills - 22, 23 and 24 November 1977

A classic thriller, the scene is set in an old house in the country. 50p would gain you a seat, 25p if you were an OAP or a schoochild.

Directed by Lance Frith.

Cast
Colonel Forbes.........................Len Mitton
Stella...........................................Margaret Frith
Janet...........................................Yvonne Peel
Brenda........................................Ida Hurst
Maurice.......................................Tony Riley
Colin...........................................Mike Lightfoot
Iris...............................................Lyn Bramley
Mr Howard.................................Malcolm Roberts
Nurse Thomson.......................Miriam Lee

The Tinder Box by Nicholas Stuart Gray - 9, 10 and 11 March 1978

The action of the play took place in and around the town of Kastelburg, once upon a time, a long time ago.....1978, in fact.

Directed by Tony Riley.

Cast
Peter, the soldier........................................Malcolm Roberts
Mommet, the witch.....................................Yvonne Peel
Shemozzle, her slave.................................David Groves
Kufuffle, her other slave.............................Sue Wilkinson
Copper Dog.................................................Yvonne Marston
Silver Dog.....................................................Angie Simpson
Golden Dog.................................................Nicola Peel
The King.......................................................Len Mitton
Lord Eldred..................................................Savile Rushworth
Lady Bartram...............................................Miriam Lee
Weird-Face..................................................Chris Birks
Frau Kurtz.....................................................Sheila Crome
Princess Gisella.........................................Sheona Frith
Countess Helga.........................................Lyn Bramley
Gretel, the servant......................................Eileen Donnelly
The Queen...................................................Peggy Lawson
Spinning Wheel's voice.............................Margaret Frith
King's Guard................................................Chris Birks
Prison Guard................................................Lance Frith
Townspeople...............................................Eileen Donnelly, Margaret Frith, Jenny Nell.

The Waters of Lethe by Francis Sladon-Smith - 1978

A one act play entered into Wensleydale Festival.

Directed by George Hackett. The cast were: Jan Bolam, Yvonne Marston, Tony Riley, Lyn Bramley, Angie Simpson, Malcolm Roberts, Mike Lightfoot, Ida Hurst, Mark Ellis and Peggy Lawson.

Panic Stations by Derek Benfield - 23, 24 and 25 November 1978

By now the Players were performing at the Community Centre.

'Farce,' as the reviewer points out, 'is not everybody's taste but Panic Stations does provide a bundle of roles for excellent chracter portrayals and these were drawn distinctively by all the players taking part.'

Set in an old country cottage, the play concerns a complete mix-up of identity when Chester Dreadnought having had a flirtation with well endowed Carol on his previous visit has bought the old house to settle in with his wife. Other characters included an architectural addict, a country yokel and some Army men threatening to blow his house up as a military exercise. Panic, indeed!

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Abel Bounty........................................Malcolm Roberts
Chester Dreadnought......................Mike Lightfoot
Carol....................................................Lyn Bramley
Patricia................................................Jan Bolam
Lady Elrood........................................Peggy Lawson
Miss Partridge...................................Jill Cowley
Lord Elrood........................................David Bolam
Sergeant Everest..............................Malcolm Waller
Mrs Bounty.........................................Sue Wilkinson.


The Heartless Princess by Franklyn Black - 8, 9 and 10 March 1979

A fantasy play set in the bankrupt Kingdom of Knut, somewhere between Ruritania and Oz.

'Finely planned sets and fascinating effects made the whole show visually effective, and the finely turned out costumes and splendid dialogue added wonderfully to this entertainment.' More complaints about the size of the audiences though.

Directed by Jill Cowley. 

Cast
Leonard, the Fox...........................Geoff Wall
Nanny..............................................Ida Hurst
Digit, the footman..........................Mark Anderson
Princess Allegra............................Nicola Peel
Prince Alexis...................................Chris Birks
King Codling of Knut.....................Len Mitton
The Chancellor..............................Derek Grocott
Duchess Potassia........................Yvonne Peel
Cawder, the Raven........................Anne Wall
Lady Amy.........................................Angie Simpson
Mary..................................................Christine Ladd
Palace servants.............................Lyn Bramley, Celia Impey, Peggy Lawson, Mike Lightfoot and Paul Townend.

Gosforth's Fete by Alan Ayckbourn - 1979

This one-act play from 'Confusions' won Best Production at Wensleydale Drama Festival.

Directed by Geoff Wall and Tony Riley. The cast were: Sheila Crome, Anne Wall, David Bolam, Len Mitton and Paul Townend.

Murder in Company by Philip King and John Boland - 31 May, 1 and 2 June 1979

This was an 'ingenious, if contrived, melodrama about goings on in a small town church hall when the local amateurs meet to rehearse a thriller and get involved (and that is certainly the right word) in one of their own.'  The reviewer seems to have found it easy to guess whodunnit by going for the most unlikely person - that old chestnut eh?

Directed  by George Hackett.

Cast
Alan Wilson................................Geoff Wall
Margaret Stephens...................Jan Bolam
Ted Smith...................................Michael Whitehead
Philip Stephens.........................Mike Lightfoot
Ronnie Meadows.....................Tony Riley
Phoebe Kershaw......................Peggy Lawson
Patricia Robins.........................Angie Simpson
Doris Stewart.............................Lyn Bramley.

Pools Paradise by Philip King - 15, 16 and 17 November 1979

'A superbly acted piece of nonsense.'

It was a lighthearted comedy erupting around the farcical situation created by the accidental involvement of a vicar's wife in the national pools with the prospect of a half a million fortune.

Directed by George Hackett. The cast were: Jane Condliffe, Linda Gill, Mike Lightfoot, Sue Wilkinson, Mark Ellis, Geoff Wall and Michael Whitehead.







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