Many thanks to Carolyn & Norman Pink for Photos & Programme
Ivenhoe - Pamela Norris
News Boy - John Carbery
First Man - Jonah Johnson
Wooman - Gwen Neale
Second Man - Desmond Anderson
Charlie Holloway - George Harris
Sir Reginald Front De Boeuf (FRON) - Norman Pink
Sir Brian De Bois Guilbert (BOSSY) - Eric Booth
Horse - Peter Raper & James Darington
Rowenda - Irmgard Hoddinott
Gertude - A L Richards
Cedric - Johnny Williams
Athelstone - Mike Franklin
Salome - Carol Rose Kirk
Tenor Charles Deakin
Marshal - Vim Reeve
Prince John - Douglas Fagan
Mysery Man - John Roberts
First Archer - Ron Tucker
Pilot - John Carbery
Whimsical Archer - Jonah Johnson
Frustrated Woman - Gwen Neale
Bowman Soggs - Desmond Anderson
Sergeant - George Trumper
Arrow Man - Ben Guest
King Richard - Bud Abbott
Steward - John Carbery
Whistler - Desmond Anderson Jnr
Bard - Eric Booth
Can Can Girls
Celeste - Ron Tucker
Mimi - Michael Fenton
Fifi - Ben Guest
Battle Commentator - Ron Tucker
Assistant Producer - Mary Booth
Stage Director & Decor - Phil Carrol
Stage Manager - Mike Fenton
Assistant Stage Manager - Jonny Williams
Music Director - Donald Mackay
Assistant Music Director - John Davis
Children's Dances arranged by - Joyce Poole
Childrens Costumes - Ida Sugden
Property - Mike Fenton
Electrician - Alen Scarisbrich
Sound engineer - Rudolph Wragg
Hilton Jackson, Michael Strong, James Darlington, Pete Raper, Malcolm Smith, Tex Gates, Butch Jones, Malcolm Smith
Make up - Ted Crumpton
Costumes designed by - Mary Booth
Costumes Exicuted by
Maty Booth, Maureen Williams, Bette Carrol, Marian Pryer & Sylia James
Wardrobe Mistress - Bette Carrol
Promt - Pat Keates
Business Manager & Publicity - Ron Tucker
Vim Reeve, Caral Kirk, Douglas Fagan.
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Singapore Standard - Jan - Feb 1955
In these days of massive stage productions, involving the outlay of thousands of pounds, casts of millions, ice instead of boards and all the rest of the what-have-you which goes under the name of entertainment, it is refreshing to see a show which sets out to woo an audience’s attention rather than knock it flat with hullabaloo.
In the professional theatre, only the intimate revue attempts this. How tired one becomes of waving legs (in imitation rather of Keep Fit classes rather than of dancing) and stage effects which rely more on paint-pot and light console than on imagination in either producer or audience! And it is here that the intimate review has its appeal, for it recognises that members of the audience may have thoughts of their own.
Such an intimate review was presented last week at the Astra Cinema, RAF Seletar. The form it took was that of pantomime: the small intimate pantomime of a thousand Theatre Royals.
The title was Ivanhoe, which gives some indication of the loose plot which held the show together. The script was by Mary and Eric Booth, and Eric also produced the show.
Ivanhoe was so varied and successful a production that is difficult to pick out individual items for more detailed praise. I cannot resist, however, recalling to mind the antics of Norman Pink and Eric Booth as the two Bad Knights Fron and Bossy. Their excellent “horsemanship” was admired throughout the audience.
Pamela Norris made a good Principal Boy, and George Harris was enjoyable as Charlie Holloway, the Air Force boy who had hitch-hiked his way into the wrong century.
A L Richards obviously enjoyed himself thoroughly as Gertrude, and he carried the audience with him. There was also a great deal of enthusiasm for a more feminine female, Carol Rose Kirk as Salome.
Among the more “irrelevant” aspects of this entertainment, were some beautifully rendered songs by Charles Deakin, whose voice promises well for the coming musical productions of the Seletar Theatre Club. Irmgard Hoddinott, as Rowena, should also be mentioned here for her pleasing songs.
An asset to any variety entertainment was Desmond Anderson Jr, whose whistling was most professional.
Special interludes were provided, with songs from the Manasseh sisters and dances by Patsy Mackay.
Two stars of this show deserve special mention: Peter Draper and James Darlington. The programme did not reveal which of these two gentlemen was in front and which behind, but together they made a horse which anyone would back.
Ivanhoe made together a most enjoyable evening
The Seletar Theatre Club’s next production, Trial By Jury, and Chekhov’s The Bear will be awaited with interest.