1981

'Pools Paradise'

by Philip King

April 1981

Synopsis

Zany, madcap events transpire at the Reverend Lionel Toop's vicarage in Merton cum Middlewick. The plot revolves around Lionel's wife, Penelope, who dabbles in a football pool with the help of their maid, Ida, and Ida's suitor, the droll Willie Briggs. The most fantastic complications ensue when the triumvirate wins, or when they think they have won more than 20,000 English pounds. Lending richly comic hands are the old maid parishioner, Miss Skillon, and Penelope's out of this world uncle, The Bishop of Lax.

Cast

Penelope  Toop (Paulette Beaver); Ida, The Maid (Sue Lansdown); Revd Toop (Tim Spurgeon); Miss Skillon (Lillian Cook); Willie Briggs (John Markley); Revd Arthur Humphrey ( David Walford); Bishop Of Lax (John Cook)

Producer: Kay Trenchard.

'The Plot Thickens'

by Mark Langham

November 1981

 

Synopsis

A group of women receive a telegram from their husband and all arrive at his door of 5 Jubilee Mansions demanding to see him!

Cast

Mrs Lovegrove (Sue Farmer); Mrs Travers (Jill Bishop); Mrs Mincing (Katrina Gregory); Mrs Beddington (Gerry Wilkins); Mrs Tufton (Janice Howes); Policewoman (Audrey Mitchell)

Producer: Kathy Dowson

 

'Murder in Company' 

by Philip King & John Boland

 

December 1981

Synopsis

A dramatic society is assembling on the stage of a church hall to rehearse a mystery thriller under its somewhat dictatorial director Philip Stephens. Events and strains within the company more than equal those in the play. Philip's wife is too friendly with a young man of the company, a prowler is in the neighborhood and attacks one of the girls, an unpleasant caretaker tries a little blackmail and one of the women seems to know him from the past.

The rehearsal proceeds under difficulties until the mysterious death of the caretaker brings the situation of the whodunit even more closely into real life. It transpires that almost everyone might, and could, have murdered the dead man.

Cast

Alan Wilson (Derek Hardwell); Margaret Stephens (Kay Trenchard); Ted Smith (Tim Spurgeon); Philip Stephens (David Walford); Ronnie Meadows (Mike Dean); Phoebe Kershaw (Audrey Mitchell); Patricia Robins (Julie Hardwell); Doris Stewart (Paulette Beaver)

 

Producer: Kathy Dowson