Angela Smith

Angela joined the Company in 1978, her first acting role being that of an unlikely Prison Warder in “The Enquiry”. However, following that d├ębut and, due entirely to her infectious enthusiasm and abundant acting talent, her progression to leading roles within the Company was rapid and unstoppable.

By 1984, as Joanna Markham in the very popular production of Ray Cooney’s farce “Move Over Mrs. Markham” Angela had established herself as one of the Company’s strongest actresses. However, her contribution to the Company was not limited to the dedication and application that she brought to every stage appearance, for it was at this point that she sought election to the Committee, and began the first of her many years service as its Secretary.

When the Company found itself without a rehearsal venue, Angela immediately offered facilities at Innisfree House Private School, Wythall, which has been our home for Thursday evening rehearsals for the last 15 years.

Unfortunately, following her appearance as “Mrs. Markham”, Angela was advised of the need for her first heart valve operation, and her services to the Company were lost for some 12 months. On her return, however, the experience of her heart operation had plainly galvanised her determination to play an even greater part in the Company’s affairs, for now followed the period in which Angela’s contribution was at its most prolific.

In addition to taking the leading roles in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, “Abigail’s Party” and “84 Charing Cross Road” and supporting roles in “Pack of Lies”, “Season’s Greetings”, “Alfie”, “Steel Magnolias” and many others, Angela also found time to direct “Bonaventure” and “Tomb With a View” for the Company, together with the very successful Ray Cooney farce “Not Now Darling” at the Palace Theatre, Redditch.

During her working career as Head Mistress of Innisfree House Private School, Wythall, where she is deeply mourned by the staff and pupils, Angela was dedicated to “the business of putting old heads on young shoulders” and this experience and passion for teaching was apparent in her memorable portrayal of “Miss Jean Brodie”, whilst many of her young pupils were also introduced to the pursuit of theatre in the roles of the “Brodie Girls”.

As the envious, social-climbing, oppressive Beverley in “Abigail’s Party”, Angela demonstrated the full range of her acting ability in a challenging role that could not be further removed from her real life character, whilst her “tour de force” as Helene Hanff, in the autobiographical play “84 Charing Cross Road”, will always be remembered within the Company.

Following her performance in “Steel Magnolias” in 1995, Angela was required to undergo further heart valve surgery, which kept her from the Company for nearly 2 years. On returning to the Company in 1997, following a long period of convalescence, Angela played a supporting role in Francis Durbridge’s “Suddenly at Home”, and it will always be a source of joy and comfort to the Company that, before her untimely death, Angela greatly enjoyed a very successful repeat of her role as Joanna Markham in the Company’s revival of “Move Over Mrs. Markham”, in May of this year.

The Company is shocked and devastated by her loss, but in dedicating this performance of “DEADLY NIGHTCAP”, to Angela, I would paraphrase her closing words in the role of Helene Hanff from “84 Charing Cross Road”, delivered with all of her bold denial of life’s apparent ephemeral nature, and say, from all of us at Wythall Theatre Company, with the deepest affection:

“How’s this Angle, I hope you like it”

On behalf of Wythall Theatre Company
Mike Beamish Chairman

As Director


1992
Not Now Darling
Director


1992
Sweeney Todd
Assistant Director


1991
Bitter Sanctuary
Assistant Director


1989
Habeus Corpus
Assistant Director


1984
Bonadventure
Director


1982
A Tomb with a View
Director


1982
Portrait of Murder
Assistant Director

As Director

1992 Not Now Darling
Role : Director

1992 Sweeney Todd
Role : Assistant Director

1991 Bitter Sanctuary
Role : Assistant Director

1989 Habeus Corpus
Role : Assistant Director

1984 Bonadventure
Role : Director

1982 A Tomb with a View
Role : Director

1982 Portrait of Murder
Role : Assistant Director

As Cast


1998
Move Over Mrs Markham (1998)
Joanna Markham


1997
Suddenly At Home
Maggie Howard


1994
Steel Magnolias
Ouiser Boudreaux


1993
Animal Farm
Squealer/Moses


1993
Alfie
Ruby


1992
84 Charing Cross Road
Helene Hanff


1991
Sailor Beware
Mrs Lack


1991
Seasons Greetings
Belinda


1990
Abigail’s Party
Beverley


1988
Pack of Lies
Helen Kroger


1987
Night of January 16th (1987)
Sgt Alma Sweeney


1986
Bedroom Farce
Kate


1985
Festival Choice
Mrs Lamber-Perkins


1985
Festival Choice
Granny One, his mother


1985
Low Comedy Women
Granny One, his mother


1985
Outside Edge
Maggie


1984
Move Over Mrs Markham (1984)
Joanna Markham


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Councillor Mrs Owen, JP


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Councillor Mrs. Owen, JP


1983
Untimely Ripp’d
Councillor Mrs Owen, JP


1982
Chase Me Comrade
Janet Rimmington


1981
Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Hospital Receptionist


1981
Night Watch
Helga


1980
Bedtime Stories
Hospital Receptionist


1980
Bedtime Stories
Miss Parker


1980
Breath of Spring
Alice, Lady Miller


1979
The Militants
Lady Honoria Cumberleigh


1978
I’ll Get My Man
Josephine De Frissal


1978
The Enquiry
Probyn

As Cast

1998 Move Over Mrs Markham (1998)
Role : Joanna Markham

1997 Suddenly At Home
Role : Maggie Howard

1994 Steel Magnolias
Role : Ouiser Boudreaux

1993 Animal Farm
Role : Squealer/Moses

1993 Alfie
Role : Ruby

1992 84 Charing Cross Road
Role : Helene Hanff

1991 Sailor Beware
Role : Mrs Lack

1991 Seasons Greetings
Role : Belinda

1990 Abigail’s Party
Role : Beverley

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Role : Lurk

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Role : Villager

1989 An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Role : Performer

1989 Farndale Murder Mystery
Role : Thelma

1988 Old Time Music Hall (1988)
Role : Performer

1988 Pack of Lies
Role : Helen Kroger

1987 Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Role : Jean Brodie

1987 Night of January 16th (1987)
Role : Sgt Alma Sweeney

1986 Bedroom Farce
Role : Kate

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Mrs Lamber-Perkins

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Granny One, his mother

1985 Low Comedy Women
Role : Granny One, his mother

1985 Outside Edge
Role : Maggie

1984 Move Over Mrs Markham (1984)
Role : Joanna Markham

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Councillor Mrs Owen, JP

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Councillor Mrs. Owen, JP

1983 Untimely Ripp’d
Role : Councillor Mrs Owen, JP

1982 Chase Me Comrade
Role : Janet Rimmington

1981 Basinful of Briny
Role : Louise

1981 Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Role : Hospital Receptionist

1981 Post Horn Gallop
Role : Ada

1981 Night Watch
Role : Helga

1980 Bedtime Stories
Role : Hospital Receptionist

1980 Bedtime Stories
Role : Miss Parker

1980 Breath of Spring
Role : Alice, Lady Miller

1979 The Militants
Role : Lady Honoria Cumberleigh

1979 The Murder of Maria Marten
Role : Meg Bobbin

1978 I’ll Get My Man
Role : Josephine De Frissal

1978 The Enquiry
Role : Probyn

As Crew


1994
Rose
Prompt


1994
Confusions
Production Assistant


1992
Sweeney Todd
House Manager


1991
Seasons Greetings
Publicity


1990
House Guest
Publicity


1990
Dennis and the Donkey
Publicity

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1988
Local Affairs
Assistant Stage Manager


1979
The Militants
Properties

As Crew

1994 Rose
Prompt

1994 Confusions
Production Assistant

1992 Sweeney Todd
House Manager

1991 Seasons Greetings
Publicity

1990 House Guest
Publicity

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Publicity

1988 Local Affairs
Assistant Stage Manager

1979 The Militants
Properties