1980 - 1989

Below are the Wyong Drama Group's Productions from their fabulous fourth decade.

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CAUGHT IN THE VILLAIN'S WEB

By Oliver Goldsmith

Produced by Frank McKone

Performed April 1970

This is an old chestnut written in 1773.  It is a genial comedy of manners and it owes much of its continuing popularity to the combination of the sentimental and the satirical.  The central character, Kate Hardcastle, uses great skill to expose the contemporary double standard of sexual morality and force the otherwise eligible Charles Marlow to come to terms with his own sexism.  These characters are surrounded by foils, each with a prevailing character trait that allows the actors considerable scope for comic intervention.

The play was produced to commemorate the Captain James Cook Bi-Centenary, and was said to be typical of the play Cook himself might have seen had he not been entertaining himself by discovering the east coast of Australia.  It was produced by Frank McKone.

The show program can be accessed using the button below:

PRODUCED BY:

Frank McKone

CAST:

SIR CHARLES MARLOW - Arthur Gleed
YOUNG MARLOW - John Price
MR. HARDCASTLE - Ken Nunn
MR. HASTINGS - Mike Storer
TONY LUMPKIN - Greg McPhan
DIGGORY - Bruno Marsonet
ROGER - Doug Skelton
LANDLORD
& JEREMY - Jim Saunders
MRS. HARDCASTLE - Janette Dan
MISS KATE HARDCASTLE - Carlotta Payne
MISS CONSTANCE NEVILLE - Heather Brown
MAIDS - Lyn Legett
, Maryke Schepel & Carol Smith

 

 

THE STRING OF AMBER

By Rodney Ackland

Produced by Rene Levenspiel

Performed October 1970

This was the 1970 entry into the NSW Arts Council's Drama Festival, and opened in October 1970.  It was a Rene Levenspiel production, and was a three-hander featuring Beth Gingell, Bonnie Bryant and Gwen Clarke (Gwen is still an active Life Member of the group, Bonnie sadly passed away in August 2009).  The show was a reprise of the 1962 production in which Bonnie also played Agatha, which was billed with the alternative title The Old Ladies.

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Bonnie Bryant prepared for her role as Agatha.

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Extracts from this play were more recently reprised in the 2002 revue "Us", and I can remember shivers running up and down my spine at the conclusion.  The 2002 production featured Pollyana Forshaw and Kath Izzard, along with an original cast member (albeit playing a different role) Gwen Clarke.

The 1970 production gained an award for "Best Actress" for Bonnie Bryant in the Arts Council's NSW Drama Festival.  The Adjudicator was Reid Douglas.

Note that the programme for this show was not roneo'd off, but actually professionally printed.  The next few years would see professionally printed programmes, with the odd reversion to the Gestetner machine for a programme here and there.

The play is a clever dramatisation of a 1924 novel by Hugh Walpole by playwright Rodney Ackland.  Three old women each living in her own bed-sitting room in a dilapidated house would not, one might imagine, give scope for dramatic episode.  Yet the author has created three characters so inherently different and individual that the mere accident of their coming to live in the same house is sufficient to bring about situations of pathos, humour, intense drama, and ultimate tragedy.  The story is drawn from the characters themselves.  They do not fit into the story; they are the story.

In a particularly harsh winter in a rundown old boarding house in Pontippy Square, Lucy and May have rooms in the house, and through fond memories, simple pleasures and buried hopes, happily help each other through their impoverished days.

But in the upstairs room the dark, brooding presence of Agatha threatens to ruin their friendship.  Little by little she begins a journey of terror as she manipulates, ridicules and undermines the careful fabric of Lucy and May's lives.  Is Lucy's son really alive?  Why does May depend so much on her prized possessions?  And what is the terrible secret that Agatha craves to discover?

The show porgramme can be accessed below, along with the novel on which the play is based, The Old Ladies by Hugh Walpole. Click the button below to access an easily readible PDF, or click here for a text version.

PRODUCED BY:

Rene Levenspiel

CAST:

MAY BERINGER - Beth Gingell
LUCY AMOREST - Gwen Clarke
AGATHA PAYNE - Bonnie Bryant

 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

By John Crocker

Produced by Heather Brown

Performed December 1970

This was a classic pantomime for the kiddies, produced by Heather Brown and opened in December 1970.  Your current scribe actually saw the show at the ripe young age of five!  I can remember to this day the two-headed giant, his offsiders "Bubble and Squeak", and the song about the cow Daisy ("Drink a pint of milk a day and moo, moo, moo!") which was sung with much audience participation.

PRODUCED BY:

Heather Brown

CAST:

SIR BERTRAM BUBBLE - Robert McGee
SIR SIDNEY SQUEAK - Barry Horey
KING UMPTY THE UMPTEENTH OF DAFYDOWNDILLY - Alan Hicks
JACK DURDEN - Jill Fallows
FAIRY EVERGREEN - Wendy Brennan
DMEON PESTBLIGHT - Clive Dowler
DAME DURDEN - Mike Storer
PRINCESS FELICIA - Cheryl Ward
SIMPLE SIMON - Leonie Gibson
JUMPING JOAN - Kaye Fitzgibbon
DAISY - Roger Fallows & Max Kenny
THE PIEMAN - Pam Wilson
GIANT BLUNDERBORE - John Edwards & Bill Ward
FAIRY
& DEMON HELPER - Cecily Trapman

CHORUS OF VILLAGERS - Joanne Fernance
, Kathy Baker, Varlie Flaherty, Judy Miller, Colleen Trapman, Veronica Trapman, Jane Quarton, Heather Brown & Jan Hall

CORPS DE BALLET - Robyn Duhigg
, Denise Duhigg, Leslie Hails, Louise Newson, Marion Gingell, Michelle Robson, Sandra Robson& Dianne Pope


 

 
 

A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL

By Maurice McLoughlin

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed August 1971

This was produced by Bonnie Bryant in August 1971.  The play was our entry in the NSW Drama Festival sponsored by the Bank of New South Wales.  It won the award for Best Set.

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

SISTER HENRY - Dorothy Lockyer
SISTER LUCY - Anthea Rogers
SISTER BRIDGER - Roslyn Swadling
REVEREND MOTHER - Beth Gingell
SISTER MAGDALEN - Bonnie Bryant
ARTHUR STILTON - Clive Dowler
RUTH STILTON - Heather Brown
CAPTAIN LEE - Mike Storer

SNOW WHITE

By Margaret Carter

Produced by Mike Storer

Performed December 1971

Mike Storer came to the group to produce the Christmas Pantomime of Snow White in December 1971.

PRODUCED BY:

Mike Storer

CAST:

KING OF FAIRYLAND - Danella Houghton
QUEEN OF FAIRYLAND - Colleen Trapman
IRIS - Marion Gingell
MESSENGER - Heather McCredie & John Mehmet
SNOW WHITE - Helen Neenan
DAME NATTERWICK - Terri Alyson
ROGER - Clive Gibson
JANE - Lorraine Leotham
JENKS - Beth Gingell
QUEEN SCARLET - Jennifer Bevan
THE BARON WEEKINIZI - Clive Dowler
ALEXIS - Carol Smith

DOC - Barry Horey
SLEEPY - Mike Croucher
GRUMPY - Helga Dowler
SNEEZY - Debbie Croucher
BASHFUL - Kaye Fitzgibbon
POPEY - Sharon Gray
SMILEY - Graham Peace

THE CAT - Helen Clarke
LADY HUSSLING - Gwen Clarke
DUMBO - Elena Vardenaga
SAMBO - Stephen Vardenaga

SERVANTS
, GUESTS, FAIRIES & SOLDIERS - Sue Bailey, Cheryl Howlett, Denise Howlett, Rodney Farrell & Errol Mehmet

CORPS DE BALLET - Helen Anderson
, Michelle Wirth, Anne Barnes, Debbie Buckley, Stacey North, Vicki-Maree Sheehan, Leonie Stonestreet, Karen Green, Amanda Cameron & Anna Poulton

 

THE HAPPY JOURNEY

Based on The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden by Thornton Wilder

Produced by Carlotta Payne

Please refer to the programme below for the individual cast of each of these one-act plays.

CAST:

DARK BROWN

By Philip Johnson

Produced by Aub Brown

Please refer to the programme below for the individual cast of each of these one-act plays.

CAST:

FUMED OAK

By Noël Coward

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Please refer to the programme below for the individual cast of each of these one-act plays.

CAST:

Breaking with tradition, instead of a full play, a set of three one-act plays was done in May 1972.  The plays were The Happy Journey produced by Carlotta Payne, Dark Brown produced by Aub Brown and Fumed Oak produced by Bonnie Bryant.  The plays were performed on Friday 19 May and Saturday 20 May 1972.

Performed May 1972

 
 
 

A SPRING SONG

By Ray Mathews

Produced by Rene Levenspiel

Performed September 1972

A Spring Song, by Ray Mathews is an inspiring Australian play about a not so well-to-do Australian bush family.  It was directed by Rene Levenspiel.

PRODUCED BY:

Rene Levenspiel

CAST:

KERRY DENNISON - Carlotta Payne

GEOFF MANHAM - Clive Gibson

PETER WEBSTER - John Worgan

MRS. DENNISON - Dorothy Lockyer

MR. DENNISON - Arthur Gleed

HELEN DENNISON - Heather Brown MARGARET DENNISON - Beth Gingell

 

DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT

By John Crocker

Produced by Fran Godbold

Performed December 1972

This was an enormously popular Christmas pantomime directed by Fran Godbold (now Fran Kendall, and still directing to date).  The original collator of this history, Peter Deane, comments that hewas actually in the audience of this production (at age seven), incidentally.

PRODUCED BY:

Fran Godbold

CAST:

ALDERMAN FITZWARREN - Clive Dowler

IDLE JACK - Kaye Fitzgibbon

ALICE - Danella Houghton

SARAH - Alf Smith

KING RAT - Margaret Cribb

FAIRY SILVERCHIME  - Robyne Duhigg

TOMMY - Elena Vardenaga

DICK WHITTINGTON - Heather Brown

CAPTAIN CUTTLE - Jennifer Beaven

MR. SCUTTLE - Nancy Croucher

PRINCESS ULUL OF MOROCCO - Terri Allyson

THE EMPEROR OF MOROCCO  -  Heather McCredie

THOMASIA - Marion Gingell

CHORUS OF CITIZENS, APPRENTICES, SAILORS, HAREM WIVES & RATS - 

Kathy Talbot, Kerry Godbold, Debbie Croucher, Robert Beaven, Helen Neenan, Anne Smith, Steve Dowler, Peter Cusack, Narelle Woods, Dianne Gardner, Sandra Van Stappen, Bobby Dowler, Mandy & Jodie Philpot

 

AS LONG AS THEY'RE HAPPY (1973)

By Vernon Sylvaine

Produced by Bonnie Bryant and Roslyn Brown

Performed July 1973

This was a reprise of the 1964 production, originally produced by Rene Levenspiel as the end-of-year farce.  This time around it was presented on 6th and 7th July 1973 and produced by Bonnie Bryant and Roslyn Brown.  This was the ONLY show presented by the group in 1973.

The set for this show was a magnificent drawing room which even included the memorial hall's grand piano.

Not quite a full-fledged musical, As Long as They're Happy can be described as a romantic comedy with song-and-dance interludes.  Stockbroker John Bentley's household is thrown into a tizzy when popular singing star Bobby Denver visits his home.  Bentley's three daughters Gwendoline, Patricia and Corinne are immediately smitten by Bobby, though each reacts to his presence in a different manner.  Mrs Bentley, hoping to loosen up her staid hubby, pretends to be likewise enamoured with the singer.

It was made into a 1955 film with Diana Dors and "Carry On" regular Joan Sims as a comic maid, among many others.  The film did the most amount of good for recording artist Jeannie Carson, who landed her own American TV sitcom as a result of her appearance herein.

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant & Roslyn Brown

CAST:

GWENDOLINE - Marion Gingell
LINDA - Jennifer Bevan
PATRICIA - Helen Neenan
STELLA BENTLEY - Beth Gingell
JOHN BENTLEY - Clive Dowler
BOBBY DENVER - Terry Pitt
HERMANN SCHNEIDER - Bruno Marsonet
MICHAEL KENLEY - Peter Mills
PEARL - Janette Fox
CORRINE - Janice Proud
BARNABY - Robert Magee

 

LADIES IN RETIREMENT (1974)

By E Percy & R Denham

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed August 1974

This was produced by Bonnie Bryant and performed on Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August.  It was previously presented by the group in August 1956.

This was our entry in the 1974 NSW Arts Council State-wide  Drama Competition (sponsored by the Bank of New South Wales) with the adjudicator being Peter Williams.  The play won an award for Best Supporting Actress.  (The concise adjudication report is online).

As an aside, at this point in time, ticket prices were $1.30 full price; 70c for students and pensioners.

The programme and adjudication can be accessed using the buttons below:

DIRECTED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

LUCY GILHAM - Robyn Swadling
LEORORA FISKE - Fran Godbold
ELLEN CREED - Gwen Clarke
ALBERT FEATHERSTON - Clive Gibson
LOUSIA CREED - Beth Gingell
EMILY CREED - Roslyn Brown
SISTER THERESA - Dorothy Lockyer

 

CINDERELLA REVISITED

By Peg Ratliff

Produced by Gwen Clarke

Performed November 1974

This was directed by Gwen Clarke in November 1974.  Unfortunately we have no material in the archives about this show.  The play is about a rather reluctant Fairy Godmother helping Cinderella prepare for the ball, and is quite funny in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

PRODUCED BY:

Gwen Clarke

CAST:

Unknown

 

THE CONSTANT WIFE

By W Somerset Maugham

Produced by Aub Brown

Performed in 1975 (month unknown)

This was yet another one of local solicitor Aubrey A Brown's efforts at directing for the group.  This show marked the debut to Wyong Drama Group of a current Life Member, Pollyanna Forshaw (who is aka Pollyanna Murphy in many programmes).

 

The Constant Wife is a comedy of manners.  The pragmatic heroine of this 1926 play, Constance Middleton, is a well-groomed Englishwoman who refuses to let the scandal of a straying husband mar the perfection of her emotional décor.  She simply rearranges the furniture around the uncomfortable fact, and carries on, wiser perhaps, but certainly not sadder.

PRODUCED BY:

Aub Brown

CAST:

MRS CULVER - Dorothy Lockyer

BENTLEY - Fred Chapman

MARTHA CULVER - Polyanna Foreshaw

BARBARA FAWCETT- Bonnie Bryant

CONSTANCE MIDDLETON - Roslyn Swadling

MARIE-LOUISE DURHAM - Kay Fitzgibbon

JOHN MIDDLETON - Clive Dowler

BERNARD KERSAL - Simon Convy

MORTIMER DURHAM - Rob Magee

 

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

&
FAMILY ALBUM

A Revue

By Noël Coward

Produced by Rene Levenspiel

Performed June 1975

Here were two One-Act plays presented by the group with a musical interlude in between with John Harden singing and Meg Foster at the piano.  There was also a dance sequence from the Helen Neenan studio featuring Robin Grey, Janine Portener, Lynette McAurther, Tanya Lloyd, Linda Crawley, Clive Gibson, Cathy Reid and Helen Neenan herself.

The show was presented on 17th and 18th June 1975.

PRODUCED BY:

Rene Levenspiel

Just For The Fun Of It

PERFOMANCES:

Family Portrait

CAST:

JASPER FEATHERWAYS - Clive Gibson
JANE - Judy Dovey
LAVINA FEATHERWAYS - Roslyn Brown
RICHARD FEATHERWAYS - Jim Douglas
HARRIET FEATHERWAYS WINTER - Pat Baetge
CHARLES WINTER - Greg Schiemer
EMILY FEATHERWYAS VALANCE - Polyanna Forshaw
EDWARD VALANCE - Simon Convy
BUTLER - Clive Dowler

 

The Headmistress and Monica - Polyanna Forshaw & Mary Smith

The Drinkers Ditty Beth Gingell & Helen Neenan

The ChairwomanBonnie Bryant

The Telephone Call - Beth Gingell & Helen Neenan.

A Very Busy Day - Roslyn Brown


The White Magnolia TreeGwen Clarke

The Man With A 'Cello - Mary Smith

Advice to Mice - Beth Gingell

The Vicker's Play Reading Circle Clive Dowler, Mary Smith, Bonnie Bryant and Roslyn Brown

John Harden Vocalist, with Meg Foster at the piano.

From the Studios of Helen Neenan:

  • 1. Diamonds are Forever 

  • 2. Jazz Ballet

  • 3. Super Star
    Robyn Grey, Lynnette McArthur, Linda Crawley, Cathy Reid, Janine Portener, Tanya Lloyd, Clive Gibson and Helen Neenan

    -INTERVAL-

TEMPTATION SORDID

Or Virtue Rewarded

By Winifred Phelps

Produced by Beth Gingell

Performed November 1975

This is a classic melodrama written in 1960 which even includes a chairman (although in our case it was a chairwoman played by Roslyn Brown).  The fortune-hunter Sir Jasper, assisted by the voluptuous Fanny, plots to marry the lovely Arabella.  Clarence, who has a pure love for Arabella, resists the evil Sir Jasper, and they all travel through valleys of iniquity. At the end Clarence and Arabella are united over the dead bodies of their enemies.  There is plenty of audience participation with boos, hisses and cheers.

This was performed on the 7th and 8th November 1975 as a theatre-restaurant with a three-course dinner and wine along with the melodrama.  It was directed by Beth Gingell.  Sounds like a great night out indeed!

PRODUCED BY:

Beth Gingell

CAST:

CHAIRWOMAN - Roslyn Brown
LADY LUCRE - Dorothy Lockyer
ARABELLA - Judy Douey
CLARENCE - Robert MaGee
SIR JASPER - Bruno Marsonet
FANNY - Roslyn Swadling

 

 

HALFWAY UP THE TREE

By Peter Ustinov

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed December 1975

This is a generation gap comedy. The British General Sir Mallalieu Fitzbutress returns from a four-year campaign against the Chinese to find a barely recognizable family.  He then decides to go and live up a tree.  The play was yet another directed by Bonnie Bryant.

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

LADY FITZBUTTRESS - Gwen Clarke
HELGA - Polyanna Forshaw
GENERAL SIR MALLALIEU FITZBUTTRESS - Aubrey Brown
ROBERT - Clive Gibson
LESLEY - Judy Dovey
JUDY - Pat Baetge
BASIL UTTERWOOD - Robert MaGee
BRIGADIER (TINY) GILLITAT-BROWN - John Worgan
VICAR - Clive Dowler

 

BLITHE SPIRIT

By Noël Coward

Produced by Aub Brown

Performed May 1976

Noël Coward's play is described as "an improbable farce".  It was reprised in 2004 by director Denise Cooper, but was first presented on 19th and 20th May 1976 (which were a Wednesday and Thursday, strangely enough).  It was directed by Aubrey Brown.

In the play, Charles Condomine has arranged a dinner party and séance to help him research his latest mystery book. As he says to his second wife Ruth, he wishes to meet "a real professional charlatan - a complete impostor" on which to base the lead character of his book. To this end, he invites Madame Arcati - psychic, medium, author and general eccentric - to entertain them with her "tricks of the trade".

Unfortunately for everyone, Madame Arcati's tricks work too well and an uninvited guest puts in an appearance - Charles' first wife Elvira - who has been dead for seven years!

As an aside the programme encourages potential members to join the group at a cost of $2.  Even in 2009 (when this text was written by Peter Deane) the membership fee was still $2!

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Playwright Noël Coward

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Noël Coward's biography, and the show programme, may be accessed using the buttons below:

PRODUCED BY:

Aub Brown

CAST:

EDITH - Janice McEachran
RUTH - Merleen Bennett
CHARLES - Robert MaGee
DOCTOR BRADMAN - Clive Dowler
MRS. BRADMAN - Louise Lange
MADAME ARCATA - Gwen Clarke
ELVIRA - Beth Gingell

 

HISS THE VILLAIN

Or Foiled and Counterfoiled

By W Ernest Cossons & A R Taylor

Produced by D Lockye & Beth Gingell

Performed September 1976

This is a classic melodrama in one act.  The infamous banker Silas Snaker and his clerk Bowler have contrived to rob old Captain Noble out of his savings. The Captain expires from the shock, leaving the lovely Miss Lucy in dire straights. When Bowler sees her plight, he repents and compels the villain to pay back all of the money.

This was sponsored by the Wyong Apex Club and presented as a Theatre-Restaurant at the Wyong Masonic Hall in Howarth Street Wyong (the other side of the tracks).  The producers were D Lockye and Beth Gingell, with music by Meg Foster.

PRODUCED BY:

D. Lockye Beth Gingell

CAST:

SILAS SNAKER - Frank Frenken
BOWLER - Clive Dowler
CAPTAIN NOBLE - Bob Hammond
MRS. NOBLE - Marise Frakes
LUCY - Helen Clarke
PERCY - Clive Gibson
HAROLD - Jim Yule

 

 

MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM (1977)

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed May 1977

This play was directed by Bonnie Bryant and opened in May 1977.  This is the ultra-typical British Farce, and probably Bonnie's favourite play.  She ended up directing it for the group three times; this one her first effort, then again in April 1985, and finally in September 1992 when it was a Wyong Drama Group offering at Laycock Street Theatre.

In the play, Phillip Markham, a laid-back and slightly naive publisher of story books for children, has been asked by his business partner, the roguish Henry Lodge, if he can use his apartment to entertain his latest conquest, a naughty call-centre girl called Miss Wilkinson, whilst the Markhams enjoy a rare evening out.

At the same time, unknown to her husband, Joanna Markham has reluctantly agreed to let her friend and Henry's wife, Linda Lodge, to use the flat to spend the evening with her lover, the dashing Walter. The Markhams' evening out is cancelled and they return home, with hilarious consequences.

The show programme, and the biography for Ray Cooney, can be accessed below:

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

JOANNA MARKHAM - Gwen Clarke
ALISTAIR SPENLOW - Clive Gibson
SYLVIE HAUSER - Merleen Bennett
LINDA LODGE - Mary Smith
PHILIP MARKHAM - Gary Armstrong
HENRY LODGE - Philip Grieve
WALTER PANGBOURNE - Clive Dowler
OLIVE HARRIET SMYTHE - Dorothy Lockyer
MISS WILKINSON - Lisa Casson

 

DO I HEAR A WALTZ?

By Richard Rodgers, Steven Sondheim & Arthur Laurents

Produced by Margaret McGowan

Performed November 1977

This is billed as "A Musial Play" and was a big effort for director Margaret McGowan who took over the job halfway into the rehearsal period.  Wyong Drama Group does occasionally foray into the musical productions [recent presentations have been Heaven Can Wait (Aug 2005) and Fourth Wall (August 2001)] and we tend to make a reasonable fist of them.  As Margaret herself says, it is easier to teach an actor to sing than to teach a singer to act.

This production ran for four performances, Tuesday 29th November, Thursday 1st December, Friday 2nd December and Saturday 3rd December 1977.  The cast included three McGowans, including Margaret herself.

 

 

Leona is a woman who has dedicated her life to her family after the death of her parents. She decides to travel to Venice in search of the love she has never known, and finds Renato - who sadly fails to match up to her romantic ideals. Too late she realises she has finally thrown away her last remaining chance of true love.

PLOT:

PRODUCED BY:

Margaret McGowan

CAST:

MALRO - Peter Williams
LEONA SAMISH - Sue Speirs
FLORIA - Margaret McGowan
EDDIE YEAGER - Philip Grieve
JENNIFER YEAGER - Vivian Dein
LLOYD McILHENNY - Barry Horey
EDITH McILHENNY - Beverley Perks
GIOVANNA - Megan McGowan
VITO - Stewart McGowan
RENATO DI ROSSI - Michael Bright

SUPPORTING CAST:

Merleen Bennett
Beth Gingell
David Worland
Helga Dowler
Lisa Casson
Mark Rosa

 

RELATIVELY SPEAKING

By Allan Ayckbourn

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed July 1978

The play is based from first to last in a series of multiple confusions.  Never has the devise of mistaken identity, misunderstandings and misapprehensions been ridden so hilariously hard.  The audience is let into the secret early on and so can comfortably settle back while the four characters on stage respond to the endless chain of alarums and revelations with expressions of stupefaction and dumbfoundedness.

Aside:  Ticket Prices for this show were $2.50 adults, $1.50 concession.

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

GREG - Barry Horey
GINNY - Beth Gingell
PHILIP - Aub Brown
SHEILA - Gwen Clarke

 

BRUSH WITH A BODY (1978)

By Maurice McLoughlin

Produced by Bonnie Bryant

Performed July 1978

This is by the same author as A Letter from the General, produced by the group in August 1971.  In it a chimney sweep dislodges a body leading to misunderstandings and surprise.  It played on 15th, 16th and 17th November 1978 and was yet another play directed by Bonnie Bryant.  It was reprised later in 1996.

PRODUCED BY:

Bonnie Bryant

CAST:

SARAH WALLING - Yvonne Brajje
CYNTHIA WALLING - Marise Frakes
MR. FLAHERTY - Barry Horey
MRS. D'ARCY - Josephine McKettrick
HENRY WALLING - Geoff Broadfoot
PAUL MARTELLI - Bruno Marsonet
SYBIL WALLING - Dorothy Lockyer
DETECTIVE-INSPECTOR HARDY - Clive Dowler
SERGEANT BRAY - David Wall
ROSITA HERNANDEZ - Mary Smith
PAMELA COLEFAX - Susan Wall

 

CINDARELLA

A Pantomime

By Betty Astell

Produced by Mary Smith & Barry Horey

Performed July 1978

In the International Year of the Child, we presented this panto for children.  It opened at the Dolphin Theatre at The Entrance High School running Friday 12th October at 7:30pm and Saturday 13th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.  The following week it was presented at Wyong Memorial Hall on Friday 19th October (7:30pm) and Saturday 20th October (2:30pm and 7:30pm).  It was directed by Mary Smith and Barry Horey and had a cast of 21 main characters a chorus of about a dozen and eight dancers.  Helen's School of Dancers was associated with the drama group on the production side of things.

The porgramme and poster for the pantomime can be accessed below:

PRODUCED BY:

Mary Smith & Barry Horey

CAST:

COUGH-UP - Merrin Graham
SNEEZE - Christine Fry
BARON HARDUP - Clive Dowler
FRANKENSTENA - Peter Kocan
DRAQUELLA - Geoffrey Broadfoot
BUTTONS - Barry Horey
CINDARELLA - Jane Nurcombe
FAIRY GODMOTHER - Marise Sainsbury
DANDINI - Tony Hurrell
PRINCE - Carl Martin
PAGEBOY - Michael Bennett
GUARD - Bob Dowler
MAJOR DOMO - Gary Balzola
FIRST CHAIRMAN - Philip Bailey
SECOND CHAIRMAN - Paul Jorgenson
ACROBATS - Lisa Burdon
& Darren Burdon
HARLEQUIN - Maria McGinley
CLOWN - Ruth Gross
COLUMBINE - Lynette McArthur
PIERROT - Elizabeth Hammond
GHOST - Leah Barnes

CHORUS - Jacqueline De Haas
, Amanda Philpott, Trevor Beeforth, Jenny Moir, Elizabeth Bennett, Debbie Fry, David Peace, Greg Moreland, Tania Bennett, Wayne Hocking, Merleen Bennett, Debbie Kilpatrick, David Bone, Troy Bennett, Debbie Moir, Rodney Nash, Leah Barnes & Brayden Cullen

DANCERS - Karen King
, Sue Dubois, Kim Foster, Kathy Green, Leanne Roberts, Lauarana McCullen, Michelle Friend & Helen Gilkison

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With thanks to Peter Deane and other long-time members of the Wyong Drama Group for the collation of this history.