Sailor Beware

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : October 1991

Genre : Comedy

Director

Ashleigh Bradford

Assistant Director

Cast

Val Archer

Val Archer

Edie Hornett

Estelle Shutkever

Emma Hornet

Angela Smith

Mrs Lack

Ted Rodgers

Henry Hornett

Jonathan Prior

Albert Tufnell

Roger Warren

Carnoustie Bligh

Sue George

Daphne Pink

Denise Williams

Shirley Hornett

Alan Langford

The Reverend Oliver Purefoy

Crew

Gerry Solomon

Set Design

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Arthur Bunegar

Set Construction

Mike Beamish

Stage Manager

Beryl Linforth

Deputy Stage Manager

Jo Blount

Backstage Crew

Jenny Bradford

Backstage Crew

Steve O’Hara

Backstage Crew

Mark Beavon

Backstage Crew

John Parkes

Backstage Crew

Joy Rodgers

Properties

Anne Cherry

Properties

Karen Ashley

Costumes

Mary Mellor

Tickets

Ted Pedvin

House Manager

Jack Parramore

House Manager

Crew

Gerry Solomon

Set Design

Arthur Bunegar

Set Construction

Mike Beamish

Stage Manager

Beryl Linforth

Deputy Stage Manager

Jo Blount

Backstage Crew

Jenny Bradford

Backstage Crew

Steve O’Hara

Backstage Crew

Mark Beavon

Backstage Crew

John Parkes

Backstage Crew

Joy Rodgers

Properties

Anne Cherry

Properties

Karen Ashley

Costumes

Mary Mellor

Tickets

Ted Pedvin

House Manager

Jack Parramore

House Manager

Production Gallery

Reviews

Review

BELL-bottoms and romance graced the stage of the Palace Theatre last tveek and left the audience giggling in their seats.

Set in the late 1950s, Sailor Beware tells the tale of the forthcoming marriage between seaman Albert Tuffnall (Jonathon Prior) and Shirley Hornett (Denise Bishop).

he cast invited the crowd into a cosy front room the night before the ceremony when everybody's nerves are running on edge. We are also invited to see the trials and tribulations of Mum and Dad Hornett's marriage - played by the wonderfully funny Estelle Shutkever and Ted Rodgers.

Throughout the play we are constantly asked the question is wedded bliss all it's cracked up to be? And it is one answered convincingly by the cast. For a mainly elderly audience there were certainly plenty of innocent Fifties sexual innuendos to keep the play moving along.

Sailor Beware holds fond memories for members of the Wythall company, because it was first staged by them 25 years ago.

Director Gerry Soloman explained: "A quarter of a century ago we first presented Sailor Beware under the direction of Ted Pedvin. "He cast Estelle Shutkever as Emma Hornett and I played Albert Tuffnall and 25 years on Estelle is recreating the same part."

Lisa Piddington, Redditch Advertiser