Move Over Mrs Markham (1984)

Venue : Woodrush High School

Date : February 1984

Genre : Farce

Director

Beryl Linforth
Assistant Director

Cast

Angela Smith
Joanna Markham

Peter Webber
Alistair Spenlow

Julie Upton
Sylvie

Ann Cope
Linda Lodge

Mike Beamish
Philip Markham

Mike Thomas
Henry Lodge

Alan Langford
Walter Pangbourne

Paulette Barton
Miss Smythe

Maxine Robson
Miss Wilkinson

Crew

John Cope
Stage Manager

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Jeff Daffin
Assistant Stage Manager

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Val Thomas
Assistant Stage Manager

Jack Parramore
Properties

Val Archer

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Stage Dressing

Jane Wilkes
Wardrobe

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Dot Forth
Front of House

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Jane Shepherd
Front of House

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Ros Sheppard
Front of House

Sue Chance
Front of House

Andy Cummings
Poster and Artwork

Ted Pedvin
House Manager

Crew

John Cope
Stage Manager

Jeff Daffin
Assistant Stage Manager

Val Thomas
Assistant Stage Manager

Jack Parramore
Properties

Val Archer
Stage Dressing

Jane Wilkes
Wardrobe

Dot Forth
Front of House

Jane Shepherd
Front of House

Ros Sheppard
Front of House

Sue Chance
Front of House

Andy Cummings
Poster and Artwork

Ted Pedvin
House Manager

Production Gallery

Production Reviews

Saucy and Sparkling

Saucy, sparkling and hilariously fun - that was 'Move over, Mrs. Markham', the comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, which was presented by Wythall Dramatic Society last week.

This ambitious amateur company has 25 years of successful productions behind it but never has it shown itself to better advantage or scored a more resounding triumph.

The first laugh came only seconds after curtain-up and for the next two hours members of the audience were literally "rolling in their seats".

Throughout a mad, matrimonial tangle the players breezed on and off the stage with an expertise worthy of any professionals.

Their timing (so important in farce) was faultless and each character was portrayed to perfection.

Honours must be shared equally between all members of the cast but it would be unfair not to make special mention of two leading artistes - Angela Smith who handled the long and demanding role of Mrs. Markham brilliantly and Peter Webber as the amorous, 'trouser-dropping' Alistair Spenlow to whom it can only be said 'Brian Rix would have been proud of you!'

Directed by Gerry Solomon, the play provided first-rate entertainment, superbly presented in the highest tradition of stage comedy.

Unknown, Local Newspaper 1984