Val Archer

Val Archer

Val has been a much loved and respected member of the Society for ….. years! (She does know but will not tell us!) She certainly is a very, very, very active member. Val started treading the boards at a very tender age and really hasn’t stopped since!

At five feet and one half inches she sure covers a lot of ground (good things come in small packages!). She joined the society playing Doctor in the House and has appeared in many other acting parts for Wythall. Val also directs, but prefers acting, her directing credits include The Time of Your Life, The Militants, (probably her best work was Untimely Ripp’d and the Olde Tyme Music Hall, due to her feeling for the 1900’s – even though she is far too young to remember them(!). The society is always keen to have Val back in the directing chair – how about Les Mis or The Phantom?

Val has also been a past chairperson of the society, and was for many years the Society secretary.

On the acting front, one of her most interesting performances by far was the rear end of the donkey in Dennis and the Donkey! Seriously, Val has been mentioned in many reviews and has had many excellent performances, and to name just a few – Hester in Deep Blue Sea, and Barbara in Pack of Lies, she has played such roles as Elaine in Night Watch, Maude in Sarina Fair and the aging Lady Matheson in Separate Tables.

In her 1982 role in Portrait of Murder a local reviewer said:

“Star of the show was undoubtedly Val Archer, as an authoress whose entire personality had been changed as the result of an accident. Her portrayal of the contrast between her “two selves” was piece of perfect artistry.”

In 2005 Val played the Grandmother in Lost in Yonkers, a fantastic performance of a dominating woman left to look after her two grandsons. Her most recent performance was as the fun loving Lucillein Cemetery Club (March 2006).

Interestingly, during Lucky Sods, Val played the part of a wheelchair bound mother in a ‘granny’ wig – she looked very frail indeed. Her acting must have been good because two local representatives of another society got quite worried … because Val was to be their next choreographer!

Val has also supported numerous shows in back stage roles – properties, assistant director, dresser, sound effects (who can forget the sausage splashing in Neville’s Island?) ….. and so on. Val also co-directed the Company’s fantastic production of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (2006).

Zips are Val’s greatest problem. They tend to let her down. At her 21st birthday party one malfunctioned, and on stage during a tap dance to Top Hat, White Tie and Tails she made frantic efforts to hold up trousers and twirl a silver topped cane at the same time. ‘I failed on both counts’ she says wryly. ‘You just can’t tap and give a good performance with your trousers around you knees…’

Val has worked as choreographer at Redditch Operatic Society during the last few years and has really challenged the chorus… especially the men! She also gave a stunning performance as Bloody Mary in Redditch Operatic production of South Pacific in 2006.

Val’s main hope for the future is not to be taken seriously! Val’s favourite song is ‘I’m Still Here’ and in a recent production of ‘Follies’ with Bournville Operatic Society she acieved that ambition with a stunning performance.

Val’s more recent and brilliant performances for Wythall were as Miss Marple in our fantastic production of ‘A Murder is Announced’ (November 2007) and as Clairee in ‘Steel Magnolias’ (May 2009). Val has amazing comic timing and Clairee allowed her to polish off one liners with aplomb!

In 2010 Val showed how versitile she really is by playing a seven year old ‘shepherd’ in ‘The Flint Street Nativity’.

As Director


2015
Season’s Greetings
Assistant Director


2014
Boeing Boeing
Assistant Director


2009
Time of My Life
Assistant Director


2006
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Assistant Director


2004
Neville’s Island (April)
Assistant Director


2004
Neville’s Island (March)
Assistant Director


1994
Steel Magnolias
Director


1983
Untimely Ripp’d
Director


1982
Chase Me Comrade
Director


1979
The Militants
Director


1976
Time of Your Life
Director


1975
Busy Body
Director

As Director

2018 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Role : Assistant Director

2015 Season’s Greetings
Role : Assistant Director

2014 Boeing Boeing
Role : Assistant Director

2012 And Then There Were None
Role : Director

2009 Time of My Life
Role : Assistant Director

2006 Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Role : Assistant Director

2004 Neville’s Island (April)
Role : Assistant Director

2004 Neville’s Island (March)
Role : Assistant Director

1994 Steel Magnolias
Role : Director

1989 An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Role : Director

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Director

1983 Untimely Ripp’d
Role : Director

1982 Chase Me Comrade
Role : Director

1979 The Militants
Role : Director

1976 Time of Your Life
Role : Director

1975 Busy Body
Role : Director

As Cast


2017
Dig for Vengeance
Inspector


2017
Dig for Vengeance
Inspector


2010
The Flint Street Nativity
Shepherd (Zoe)


2009
Steel Magnolias
Clairee


2007
A Murder is Announced
Miss Jane Marple


2006
Cemetery Club
Lucille


2005
Lost in Yonkers
Grandma Kurnitz


2002
Lucky Sods
Mother


1994
Confusions
Rosemary (Mother Figure)


1994
Confusions
Mrs Pearce (Between Mouthfuls)


1994
Confusions
Doreen (A Talk in the Park)


1994
Confusions
Mrs Pearce (Gosforth Fete)


1992
Not Now Darling
Mrs Frencham


1992
84 Charing Cross Road
Maxine Stuart


1991
Sailor Beware
Edie Hornett


1991
Bitter Sanctuary
Miss Carpenter


1991
Seasons Greetings
Phyllis


1989
Habeus Corpus
Mrs Swabb


1988
Pack of Lies
Barbara Jackson


1987
Farndale MacBeth
Felicity


1987
Night of January 16th (1987)
Defence Attorney Stevens


1986
Bedroom Farce
Delia


1985
Festival Choice
Imogen


1985
Festival Choice
Effie One-six-eight, a friend


1985
Low Comedy Women
Effie One-six-eight, a friend


1984
Bonadventure
Sarat Carn


1984
Equal Terms
Imogen


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Allsorts/Mixed Nuts


1983
Time To Kill
Jane Abbott


1982
A Tomb with a View
Dora Tomb


1982
Portrait of Murder
Paula Barlow


1981
Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Chief Operator


1981
Post Horn Gallop
Lady Elrood


1981
Night Watch
Elaine Wheeler


1980
Bedtime Stories
Information


1980
Bedtime Stories
Laura


1980
Breath of Spring
Dame Beatrice Appleby DBE (Bee)


1980
Woman in a Dressing Gown
Amy Preston


1979
The Murder of Maria Marten
Nell Hatfield


1978
The Enquiry
Kate Walmer


1978
Plaza Suite
Karen Nash


1977
Edward and George
Old Margaret


1976
Stringer’s Last Stand
Anne Fairchild


1975
Boeing Boeing
Bertha


1975
The Hollow
Henrietta Angkatell


1974
Will Any Gentleman?
Mrs Whittle


1974
The Deep Blue Sea
Hester Collyer


1973
The Boyfriend
Polly Brown


1973
Night of January 16th
Defence Attorney Stevens

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1972
Anatol
Lona


1972
Free As Air
Geraldine


1971
Every Other Evening
Suzanne Le Roy


1971
Seperate Tables
Lady Matheson


1971
Blithe Spirit
Edith (a maid)


1970
Brush With A Body
Rosita Hernandez


1970
Sabrina Fair
Maude Larrebee


1970
Wild Goose Chase
Patricia


1969
Rock-A-Bye Sailor
Shirley Tufnell


1969
The Full Treatment
Joan Banstead


1968
Tabitha
Mary Trellington


1968
Dear Octopus
Dora Randolph


1968
Six of the Best
Katie Lawrence


1967
A Letter From The General
Ruth Stilton


1967
When We Are Married
Annie Parker


1966
The Corn is Green
Sarah Pugh


1965
Shop at Sly Corner
Margaret Heiss


1965
Doctor in the House
Janet, A Nurse

As Cast

2017 Dig for Vengeance
Role : Inspector

2017 Dig for Vengeance
Role : Inspector

2012 A Kiss on the Bottom
Role : Grace

2010 The Flint Street Nativity
Role : Shepherd (Zoe)

2009 Steel Magnolias
Role : Clairee

2008 Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Role : Contributor

2007 A Murder is Announced
Role : Miss Jane Marple

2006 Cemetery Club
Role : Lucille

2005 Lost in Yonkers
Role : Grandma Kurnitz

2002 Lucky Sods
Role : Mother

1994 Confusions
Role : Rosemary (Mother Figure)

1994 Confusions
Role : Mrs Pearce (Between Mouthfuls)

1994 Confusions
Role : Doreen (A Talk in the Park)

1994 Confusions
Role : Mrs Pearce (Gosforth Fete)

1992 Not Now Darling
Role : Mrs Frencham

1992 84 Charing Cross Road
Role : Maxine Stuart

1991 Sailor Beware
Role : Edie Hornett

1991 Bitter Sanctuary
Role : Miss Carpenter

1991 Seasons Greetings
Role : Phyllis

1990 Abigail’s Party
Role : Susan

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Role : Donkey

1989 Habeus Corpus
Role : Mrs Swabb

1989 An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Role : Performer

1989 Farndale Murder Mystery
Role : Mrs Reece

1988 Old Time Music Hall (1988)
Role : Performer

1988 Pack of Lies
Role : Barbara Jackson

1987 Farndale MacBeth
Role : Felicity

1987 Night of January 16th (1987)
Role : Defence Attorney Stevens

1986 Bedroom Farce
Role : Delia

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Imogen

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Effie One-six-eight, a friend

1985 Low Comedy Women
Role : Effie One-six-eight, a friend

1984 Bonadventure
Role : Sarat Carn

1984 Equal Terms
Role : Imogen

1983 Happiest Days of Your Life (1983)
Role : Miss Gossage

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Allsorts/Mixed Nuts

1983 Time To Kill
Role : Jane Abbott

1982 A Tomb with a View
Role : Dora Tomb

1982 Portrait of Murder
Role : Paula Barlow

1981 Basinful of Briny
Role : Clara

1981 Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Role : Chief Operator

1981 Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Role : Information

1981 Post Horn Gallop
Role : Lady Elrood

1981 Night Watch
Role : Elaine Wheeler

1980 Bedtime Stories
Role : Information

1980 Bedtime Stories
Role : Laura

1980 Breath of Spring
Role : Dame Beatrice Appleby DBE (Bee)

1980 Woman in a Dressing Gown
Role : Amy Preston

1979 The Murder of Maria Marten
Role : Nell Hatfield

1978 The Enquiry
Role : Kate Walmer

1978 Plaza Suite
Role : Karen Nash

1977 Edward and George
Role : Old Margaret

1977 Edward and George
Role : A Nurse

1976 Let’s All Go Down The Strand
Role : Celia Pringle

1976 Stringer’s Last Stand
Role : Anne Fairchild

1975 Boeing Boeing
Role : Bertha

1975 The Hollow
Role : Henrietta Angkatell

1974 Will Any Gentleman?
Role : Mrs Whittle

1974 The Deep Blue Sea
Role : Hester Collyer

1973 The Boyfriend
Role : Polly Brown

1973 Night of January 16th
Role : Defence Attorney Stevens

1972 Book of The Month
Role : Doris

1972 Anatol
Role : Lona

1972 Free As Air
Role : Geraldine

1971 Every Other Evening
Role : Suzanne Le Roy

1971 Seperate Tables
Role : Lady Matheson

1971 Blithe Spirit
Role : Edith (a maid)

1970 Brush With A Body
Role : Rosita Hernandez

1970 Sabrina Fair
Role : Maude Larrebee

1970 Wild Goose Chase
Role : Patricia

1969 Rock-A-Bye Sailor
Role : Shirley Tufnell

1969 The Full Treatment
Role : Joan Banstead

1968 Tabitha
Role : Mary Trellington

1968 Dear Octopus
Role : Dora Randolph

1968 Six of the Best
Role : Katie Lawrence

1967 A Letter From The General
Role : Ruth Stilton

1967 When We Are Married
Role : Annie Parker

1966 The Corn is Green
Role : Sarah Pugh

1966 The Corn is Green
Role : Choir

1965 Shop at Sly Corner
Role : Margaret Heiss

1965 Doctor in the House
Role : Janet, A Nurse

As Crew


2019
Side Effects
Front of House


2017
Gym & Tonic
Properties


2015
The Vicar of Dibley
Production Crew


2014
It Runs in the Family
Properties


2013
Dad’s Army
Director Godiva Affair


2013
Nobody’s Perfect
Properties


2011
Strictly Murder
Properties


2011
Murdered to Death
Properties


2010
It Could Be Any One Of Us
Stage Manager


2009
Time of My Life
Properties


2008
Run For Your Wife
Production Assistant


2008
Journey’s End
Properties


2007
The Dresser
Production Assistant


2006
Blue Remembered Hills
Production Assistance


2005
Kindly Keep It Covered
Front of House


2004
Memory of Water
Properties


2003
Silly Cow
Other Crew


2002
Party Piece
Properties


1993
Alfie
Props


1992
Sweeney Todd
Properties


1991
Bitter Sanctuary
Choreography


1990
House Guest
Properties


1990
Dennis and the Donkey
Choreography


1989
An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Choreographer


1989
Farndale Murder Mystery
Choreography

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1988
Local Affairs
Properties


1987
Farndale MacBeth
Choreography


1978
I’ll Get My Man
Properties


1974
Semi-Detached
Stage Management

As Crew

2019 Side Effects
Front of House

2017 Gym & Tonic
Properties

2015 The Vicar of Dibley
Production Crew

2014 It Runs in the Family
Properties

2013 Dad’s Army
Director Godiva Affair

2013 Nobody’s Perfect
Properties

2011 Strictly Murder
Properties

2011 Murdered to Death
Properties

2010 It Could Be Any One Of Us
Stage Manager

2009 Time of My Life
Properties

2008 Run For Your Wife
Production Assistant

2008 Journey’s End
Properties

2007 The Dresser
Production Assistant

2006 Blue Remembered Hills
Production Assistance

2005 Kindly Keep It Covered
Front of House

2004 Memory of Water
Properties

2003 Silly Cow
Other Crew

2002 Party Piece
Properties

1993 Alfie
Props

1992 Sweeney Todd
Properties

1991 Bitter Sanctuary
Choreography

1990 House Guest
Properties

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Choreography

1989 An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Choreographer

1989 Farndale Murder Mystery
Choreography

1988 Local Affairs
Properties

1987 Farndale MacBeth
Choreography

1984 Move Over Mrs Markham (1984)
Stage Dressing

1978 I’ll Get My Man
Properties

1974 Semi-Detached
Stage Management