Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Constance Cox (after Oscar Wilde) - 13, 14 and 15 March 1980

seated - Alison Dwyer and Len Mitton. Standing, l-r - David Bolam, Geoff Wall, Mike Lightfoot and Paul Townend.

The action of the play passes in the drawing room of Lord Arthur's house in Grosvenor Square, London. Time - the 1890s.


Based on an Oscar Wilde story, this play follows the fortunes of the young Lord Arthur, misguidedly determined to manage to carry out a murder before he gets married.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Baines..............................................David Bolam
Nelly.................................................Christine Trenholm
Lord Arthur........................................Mike Lightfoot    
Sybil Merton......................................Elizabeth Carter
Dean of Paddington.......................... Len Mitton   
Lady Clementina Beauchamp.............Peggy Lawson
Lady Julia Merton.............................Susan Wilkinson
Lady Windermere..............................Alison Dwyer
Mr Podgers.......................................Geoff Wall
Herr Winkelkopf.................................Paul Townend

Nearly Four by Enid Coles - 1980

A one-act play presented at Sedgefield and Wensleydale Festivals. With the play below, and a rehearsed reading of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, it was also presented in 'An evening of drama' at Brompton Village Hall on 28 May 1980.

Directed by Tony Riley.

Mrs Mallinson............ Ida Hurst
Clara............................Peggy Lawson
Tessa..........................Susie Wilkinson.

Peggy Lawson won Best Supporting Actress at Sedgefield.

Costa del Packet by Anthony Booth - 1980

Another one act play, this one only entered into Sedgefield Festival. Also presented as part of the evening of drama as above.

Directed by Joy White.

Cast
Sally......................Jane Condliffe
Alice......................Sheila Crome
Lesley...................Linda Gill
Vera.......................Ida Hurst
'Hump'...................Lyn Bramley.

The Late Christopher Bean by Emlyn Williams - 13, 14 and 15 November 1980

Directed by Joy White.

Cast
Dr Haggett..............................Tony Riley
Susan Haggett........................Christine Ladd
Gwenny..................................Yvonne Peel
Mrs Haggett............................Sheila Crome
Ada Haggett............................Jane Condliffe
Bruce McRae..........................John Allsup
Tallant.....................................Geoff Wall
Rosen.....................................Anthony Logan
Davenport................................David Bolam.

Caught on the Hop by Derek Benfield - 19, 20 and 21 March 1981


In rehearsal - in foreground Sheila Crome and Mike Lightfoot.

The play was entered into Richmond Drama Festival. At this time it was a competition for full length plays. It won Best Production, Best Actor - Mike Lightfoot and Best Actress - Sheila Crome.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
George.............................Mike Lightfoot
Phil...................................Tony Riley
Mrs Puffett.......................Sheila Crome
Julie.................................Christine Ladd
Maggie.............................Lyn Bramley
Brassett..........................John Allsup
Greta................................Anne Wall
Alan..................................Mark Ellis

Strawberry Jam by Bruce Fisk - 1981

A one-act play entered into Wensleydale Festival.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Mary Titheridge.................Jan Bolam
Hester Titheridge...............Sheila Crome
Mrs Sanctuary...................Ida Hurst
Dr Celia Varley..................Peggy Lawson

The Devil his due by Seamus Fail - 1981

Another outing for this one-act play which won a festival for the Players in the 1970s.

This time it was directed by Peggy Lawson.

Cast
Old Frowsty........................John Allsup
The Dispenser.....................Lyn Bramley
A stranger...........................Len Mitton
Mrs O'Reilly........................Ida Hurst
Mrs Rorke...........................Lynda Gill
A policeman........................Jim Bunn
Father Higgins.....................Tony Riley
Father DeVecha..................John Massey
A White Witch....................Susie Wilkinson

It won Best supporting actress for Ida Hurst.

How the other half loves by Alan Ayckbourn - 19, 20 and 21 November 1981

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Frank Foster....................................Tony Riley
Fiona Foster....................................Susie Wilkinson
Bob Philips......................................John Allsup
Terry Phillips...................................Elizabeth Carter
William Featherstone....................Paul Townend
Mary Featherstone.........................Hannah Ross.

Flipperty and the penguin by David Wood - 29, 30 April and 1 May 1982


Directed by Tony Riley.

Cast
The Penguin.......................................................Lyn Bramley
Flibberty Gibbet (a goblin)...................................Tom Kissak
The three headed knowall:
Head 1...............................................................Judith Harper
Head 2...............................................................Susan Mottershead
Head 3...............................................................Helen Clough
Krafty Kingfisher.................................................Sheila Crome
Mrs Silly Cuckoo................................................Linda Gill
Mr Silly Cuckoo..................................................John Richards
Bus driver / conductor..........................................Pete Stamper
Policeman..........................................................Henry Leese
Minni Stroni (Mr Maestro's assistant)....................Hannah Ross
Mr Maestro (the famous conductor).......................Len Mitton
Zookeeper...........................................................Lance Frith
Zoo penguins......................................................Ida Hurst and Peggy Lawson.


Murder in Company by Philip King - 12, 15 and 17 March 1982

This play, first produced in 1979, was entered into Richmond Drama Festival on 17 March 1982. It was also produced at the Recreation Hall of the Friarage Hospital on 12 March 1982 in aid of facilities for squash at the hospital and at Thirsk Town Hall on 15 March in aid of PHAB.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Alan Wilson.......................................Geoff Wall
Margaret Stephens.............................Jan Bolam
Ted Smith..........................................Len Mitton
Philip Stephens..................................Mike Lightfoot
Ronnie Meadows...............................Tony Riley
Phoebe Kershaw................................Peggy Lawson
Patricia Robins..................................Christine Ladd
Doris Stewart.....................................Lyn Bramley.

At the Festival Len Mitton won Best actor and Best stage management and technical achievement went to John Massey.

Right of Way by Sam Bate - 29 May 1982

A one-act play entered into the Wensleydale Festival.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Mrs Swann.......................Peggy Lawson
Mrs Edgar........................Sheila Crome
Miss Penny......................Linda Gill
Myra................................Susan Mottershead
Yvonne.............................Christine Ladd
Mrs Younger.....................Ida Hurst
A woman..........................Lyn Bramley.

Top Table by Margaret Wood -  29 May 1982

Another one-act play entered into Wensleydale Festival.

Directed by Sue Wilkinson.

Cast
USSR...............................Pete Stamper
USA.................................Tom Kissack
UK....................................Ida Hurst
India................................John Richards
Africa...............................John Allsup
China...............................Henry Leese
First cleaner.....................Peggy Lawson
Second cleaner.................Linda Gill
Photographer...................Joan Jerram
Official.............................Jackie Charlesworth.

Beyond a Joke by Derek Benfield - 25, 26 and 27 November 1982

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast - Sheila Crome, Tony Riley, Paul Townend, Christine Trenholm, Anne Wall, Len Mitton, Joan Jerram and John Allsup.

The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - 21, 22 and 23 April 1983

l -r John Massey, Peggy Lawson, Geoff Wall, Tony Riley.

The Allerton Players' 40th anniversary production.

Directed by  George Hackett.

Cast
John Worthing JP.....................................Tony Riley
Algernon Moncrieff....................................Geoff Wall
Revd Canon Chasuble DD..........................Len Mitton
Merriman..................................................George Wright
Lane........................................................John Massey
Lady Bracknell..........................................Peggy Lawson
Hon Gwendolen Fairfax..............................Elizabeth Carter
Cecily Cardew...........................................Christine Trenholm
Miss Prism...............................................Sue Wilkinson
Parlour maid.............................................Susan Mottershead

An evening with the Allerton Players and friends - 3 December 1983
Unhand me squire by Richard Tydeman
Who Calls by David Campton 
Forty Winks Beauty by Richard Tydeman

This entertainment was held at St Thomas Church, Brompton in aid of the Bolam-Parrington Organ Fund. It was a tribute to David Bolam - a former Players Chairman and Churchwarden of the church.

Unhand me squire - Directed by Tony Riley
Cast
Compere........................................Tony Riley
Village maids.................................Katherine Dewar, Susan Mottershead, Elizabeth Burnside
Fanny Adams.................................Lynda Crawford
Granny Adams...............................Anne Wall
Percival..........................................Robert Trenholm
Sir Jasper......................................Geoff Wall
Ma Adams.....................................Jean Beavis
Pa Adams......................................George Wright

Who Calls? - Directed by Peggy Lawson. This play was also entered into the Sedgefield Festival on 20 September 1983.

Cast
Mrs Abernethy..................................Ida Hurst
Cook................................................Lynda Gill
Lane.................................................Chrisine Trenholm
Twilley..............................................Helen Clough
Mrs Boone........................................Peggy Lawson

Forty Winks Beauty - Directed by Tony Riley

Cast
Storyteller........................................Tony Riley
Leading Fairy...................................Helen Clough
Fairies.............................................Elizabeth Burnside, Katherine Dewar, Christine Trenholm
The King..........................................George Wright
The Queen.......................................Linda Crawford
Wicked Fairy Maud..........................Anne Wall
The Soldier......................................Graham Harrison
The Princess...................................Susan Mottershead
The Nurse.......................................Jean Beavis
Charley...........................................Robert Trenholm
The Prince......................................Geoff Wall

Sallie Penman, Shirley Atkinson and Peter Ellis entertained in between the second and third play.

The Bride and the Bachelor by Ronald Millar - 26, 27 and 28 April 1984

Directed by Tony Riley

Cast
Barbara Kilpatrick....................................Katherine Dewar
Miss Bowden...........................................Peggy Lawson
Isabel Kilpatrick........................................Val Parkinson
Serena Kilpatrick......................................Christine Trenholm
Blodwen Morgan-Jones.............................Joan Jerram
Jason Kilpatrick.......................................John Griffin
Sir William Benedick-Barlow.....................Len Mitton
Joe Tilney................................................David Claxton
Telephone voices......................................Catherine Wright, Tony Riley, Peggy Lawson, Paul Townend

NSPCC centenary 1984 - A Grand Concert  - Friday 2 November 1984

This was organised by the Northallerton Urban Committee of the NSPCC in aid of the NSPCC centenary appeal. A numbers of individuals and groups from the town contributed with the Allerton Players presenting:

The Day of Reckoning by Michael Kilgainf
Directed by Anne Wall
Cast
Mrs Goodheart (a washerwoman)...................Peggy Lawson
Prudence (her daughter)....................................Chris Trenholm
Mrs Fubbs (her neighbour)................................Ida Hurst
Lady Audley...........................................................Lynda Crawford
Dr Probity...............................................................Lynda Gill

Two and Two Make Sex by Leslie Darbon and Richard Harris - 29, 30 November and 1 December 1984

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Nick......................David Claxton
Jane.....................Susan Mottershead
George.................Tony Riley
Clare....................Jean Beavis
Ruth.....................Helen Clough
Mr Bowers............John Allsup

David Claxton and Susan Mottershead

The Enquiry by Charlotte Hastings - 28, 29 and 30 March 1985

Directed by Ida Hurst.

Cast
Kate Walmer....................................Lynda Gill
Probyn.............................................Jean Beavis
Collins.............................................Elsa Clarke
Frances Treadgold............................Anne Wall
Marcy..............................................Peggy Lawson
Marian Oates....................................Christine Trenholm
Laura Fenn.......................................Jill Cowley
Janet Graham MD.............................Tricia Lovell
Gow................................................Joan Jerram
Revd John Shillitoe...........................John Griffin
Valentine.........................................Jan Bolam
Tom Walmer....................................Tony Riley

An extract from the play was also entered into the Wensleydale Drama Festival on 10 May 1985.

Darling Mr London by Anthony Marriott and Bob Grant - 28, 29 and 30 November 1985

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Edward Hawkins....................................Mike Lightfoot
Rose Hawkins.......................................Jean Beavis
Gordon Routledge.................................Geoff Wall
Mark Thomson......................................John Allsup
Mrs Routledge.......................................Peggy Lawson
Monique................................................Marianne Richards
Sylvana.................................................Joanne Walker
Ingrid.....................................................Lyn Bramley
Snowdrop..............................................Pippa Bramley


l - r Jean Beavis, Peggy Lawson and Mike Lightfoot

A Slight Misunderstanding by Adrian Dale - 1986

A one act play entered into Sedgefield Drama Festival.

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Audrey...............Ida Hurst
Carrie................Jan Bolam
Irma...................Peggy Lawson
Effie...................Anne Wall
Joyce................Christine Trenholm
Lettice...............Lyn Bramley

Decline and Fall - 1986

Director - unknown.

Cast - unknown, apart from Len Mitton who won best actor award at Wensleydale Drama Festival.

Company Come by Alec Baron - 24 September 1986

A one act play entered into Sedgefield Festival.

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Martha....................................Peggy Lawson
Jesse.....................................George Birch
Tim.........................................Mike Fawcett
Mary Lee................................Lyn Bramley

Peggy Lawson won the Best Actress Award.

Key for Two by John Chapman and Dave Freeman - 27, 28 and 29 November 1986

Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Gordon..............................Mike Fawcett
Harriet...............................Jean Beavis
Alec....................................Robin Kennedy
Anne..................................Joan Jerram
Richard..............................Alan Willoughby
Magda................................Anne Wall
Mildred...............................Joanne Walker

Outside Edge by Richard Harris - 30 April, 1 and 2 May 1987

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Miriam................................Lyn Bramley
Roger.................................Mike Lightfoot
Bob....................................John Richards
Dennis...............................Mike Fawcett
Maggie...............................Joanne Walker
Kevin..................................John Allsup
Ginnie................................Yvonne Jobling
Alex....................................David Adams
Sharon................................Pippa Bramley


l - r Joanne Walker, John Allsup, Lyn Bramley, Mike Lightfoot, Mike Fawcett

The Miasma at Mostyn Mews by Alan Ogden - 1987

Directed by Len Mitton

Cast - Christine Trenholm and ?

A family occasion by Jill Glew and A.C. Thomas - 1987

Directed by Sheila Crome.

Cast - Peggy Lawson, Kevin Riley, Mike Fawcett, Jan Bolam, Rosemary Scott, Ida Hurst, Len Mitton and George Birch.

The play won most effective set at Sedgefield Drama Festival.

Bonaventure by Charlotte Hastings - 26, 27 and 28 November 1987


Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Nurse Phillips...............................Rosemary Scott
Nurse Brent..................................Sarah Fairburn
Sister Josephine...........................Joan Jerram
Willy Pentridge.............................John Massey
Sister Mary Bonaventure................Jean Beavis
Doctor Jeffreys..............................Mike Fawcett
Mother Superior............................Peggy Lawson
Sarah Carn...................................Christine Trenholm
Miss Pierce..................................Yvonne Jobling
Martha Pentridge..........................Sheila Crome
Melling.........................................Peter East

See How they Run by Philip King - 21, 22 and 23 April 1988

Directed by John Richards.

Cast
Ida, a maid.................................................Christine Trenholm
Miss Skillon................................................Lyn Bramley
The Reverend Lionel Toop.............................Peter East
Penelope Toop, his wife...............................Jean Beavis
Lance Corporal Clive Winton.........................David Adams
The Intruder.................................................Geoff Wall
The Bishop of Lax........................................Len Mitton
The Reverend Arthur Humphrey.....................Mike Lightfoot
Sergeant Towers..........................................Richard Thompson

Careful Rapture by Jack Popplewell - 1988

Directed by Lesley Pratt.

Cast - Yvonne Jobling, Christine Dodsworth, Peggy Lawson, Richard Thompson, Pippa Bramley and Ida Hurst.

Lesley Pratt won the Best New Producer award at Wensleydale Drama Festival with this play.

Audition for a writer by Doris M. Day - 17 September 1988

A one act play entered into Sedgefield Drama Festival. Directed by George Hackett.

Cast
Sweeper..............................Len Mitton
Middle aged woman.............Jan Bolam
Young woman......................Sue Allison
Young man..........................Robert Eke
A man.................................Richard Thompson


Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery by David McGillivray and Walter Zerling Jnr - 24, 25 and 26 November 1988

Directed by Geoff Wall.

Cast
Sylvia............................Peggy Lawson
Felicity..........................Helen Clough
Audrey..........................Joan Jerram
Mrs Reece....................Bridget Gosling
Thelma.........................Joanne Walker
The Producer................Richard Thompson



Here we come gathering by Philip King and Anthony Armstrong - 20, 21 and 22 April 1989

Directed by Leslie Pratt



Cast
Anne Kellaway..........................Lyn Bramley
Philip Kellaway..........................Keith Saunders
Harriet Kellaway........................Bridget Gosling
Rev James Kellaway.................Len Mitton
Gray Meredith...........................David Adams
George Hawkins.......................Richard Thompson
Shirley Cameron.......................Helen Clough
Evadne Potter...........................Christine Trenholm
Lucy Butterworth.......................Peggy Lawson

A Respectable Funeral by Jimmie Chinn - 20 September 1989

A one act play entered into Sedgefield Drama Festival.

Directed by Anne Wall.

Cast
Evadne.............Christine Dodsworth
Greta................Jean Beavis
Joyce................Peggy Lawson
Charlie..............Richard Calvert

Face the Music by Barry L. Hillman - 1989

Directed by Peggy Lawson.

I'll get my man by Philip King - 30 November, 1 and 2 December 1989

Directed by John Richards.

Cast
The Reverend Arthur Humphrey..................................................Mark Lewis
Mrs Carter................................................................................Jean Beavis
Harriette Humphrey...................................................................Jan Bolam
Winifred Barrington-Locke..........................................................Evelyn Hicks
Peter ('Venture Man') Graham.....................................................David Adams
A photographer..........................................................................Richard Thompson
Josephine De Brissac................................................................Joanne Walker
Pixie ('I'll get my man') Potter......................................................Kate Bolam
The Bishop of Lax......................................................................Roger Burton









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