Report of the Headley Theatre Club's evening of sketches and one-act plays, October 1972

The cast of the Headley WI play "They Made her Wild"

Report by Jo Fisher:

Headley Theatre Club's entertainment and supper evening is becoming a popular annual occasion and this year's event at Headley Village Hall on Saturday was no exception. The entertainment is designed to allow individuals to show their talent in their own field. Eileen Daykin sang a number of songs from musicals including "My Fair Lady," "South Pacific" and "Call Me, Madam," her husband John accompanying her on the piano. A monologue, rendered by Joan Parkinson (and written by another club member, Lily Walsh) entitled "Jumbled" was the words of a lady invited to become chairman of a committee of do-gooders, who were to help with a summer fete by organizing the jumble sale.

David Campton is a popular playwright with the Theatre Club and two of his short sketches were acted. The first, "Do It Yourself" illustrated a typical example of the neighbour who cannot resist giving advice. Anthony Page and Joe Wright took part.

The second sketch was called "Home from Home" and Anthony Page and Joe Wright again took parts, with Fiona Ross and. Liz Dhillon.
A further monologue, this time by Dawn Lewcock entitled "Men and Matrimony" completed the club's entertainment.

Compere for the evening was David Bryan whose subtle humour added to the evening's enjoyment.

After a brief interval a short play, "They Made her Wild" by TB Morris, was presented by the Headley Women's Institute Drama Group. David Bryan pointed out to the audience that as the cast were all Theatre Club members and their producer, Di Rabbets, was the Club's president, it was not sure whether the Club lent the WI their actors, or the WI was lending the Club its play! Costumes and set were by Marie Bryan and the whole thing was very polished.

The play, the WI entry for the Farnham Festival next month, was a comedy set in Italy several centuries ago. Taking part were Esther Lucas, Evelyn Meek, Marie Bryan, Rie Gerstel, Doreen Keen, Joan Parkinson and Doreen Leighton.

After a cold supper the audience then danced to music provided by Robert Leighton. The raffle was drawn and David Bryan conducted a Dutch auction for two pictures, a bottle of whisky and a bottle of sherry.


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