Production 161 Me and My Girl

Me and My GirlBooks & Lyrics by L. Arthur Rose & Douglas Furbar
Music by Noel Gray. Book revised by Stephen Fry. Contributions by Mike Ockrent

Performed on Wed 13th to Sat 16th June 2001 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Bill Snibson George Elder
Sally Smith Sue Watson
Maria, Duchess of Dene Pat Jones
Sir John Tremayne Christopher Sewell
Lady Jacqueline Carstone Justine Sewell
The Hon. Gerald Bolingbroke Duncan Currie
Herbert Parchester John Matthews
Charles the Butler/Jonathan de Hareford Neil Hornsey
Mrs Brown/Maid Linda Mewes
Lady Battersby Madeline Finch
Lord Battersby Peter Ryder
Lady Jessica Tring Lei Cobb
Constable/Footman/Thomas de Hareford Mike Martin
Richard de Hareford/Cockney/Guest Nathan Sewell
Simon de Hareford/Farmer John Wakeman
Pearly King/Footman/Farmer/Guest John Bailey
Lamp Post Dancer/Maid/Guest/Cockney Georg. Pepper
Sophia Stainsley-Asherton/Maid/Prostitute Debbie Pinfold
Lamppost Dancers/Maids Jamie Finch & Jodie Finch
Maid/Cook/Bar Wench Sharon Sewell
Bob Barking/Lord Damming Pip Piacentino
Lady Brighton/Guest Maria Howard
Lady Worthington-Worthington/Guest Maureen Mewes
Maid/Cockney/Guest Gail Pointon
Pearly Queen/Guest Stephanie Walmsley-Thomson
Maid Angela Jeffery
Telegraph Boy Ewan Wakeman
The Hon. May Miles Samantha Niy
Guest Nick Nettleship

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Me and My Girl

Chaos of a comical kind

Witty one-liners, hilarious characters and toe-tapping uplifting songs will soon be heard on stage in Deal. Rehearsals are under way for The Guild Players’ next production Me and My Girl, one of the most successful musicals of all time. The show opens at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, High St., Deal on Wednesday, June 13th, and can be seen nightly until the following Saturday, June 16th. The music by Noël Gay, with books and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. The musical originally opened in 1937. Director Gill Watson said, Our version of Me and My Girl, with its revised book by Stephen Fry, was first presented in London in 1985 in a hugely popular production starring Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson. The show was an enormous success and ran for nearly six years, later transferring to Broadway. It follows the exploits of Bill Snibson, a Lambeth costermonger, who becomes the new Earl of Hareford, much to the horror of his new aristocratic relations. Bringing him to Hareford Hall, they attempt to educate Bill in the ways of the gentry and to separate him from his cockney girlfriend, Sally.Me and My Girl Cast The result is chaos of the most comical kind said the director. With a host of comical characters, witty one-liners and some toe-tapping songs, Me and My Girl is a sunny treat for all fans of musical comedy. The songs including the famous Lambeth Walk, The Sun Has Got Its Hat On and Leaning on a Lampost. Christine Eyden is the producer, Ann Nettleship is the choreographer and Pascale Sierra is the pianist. The cast features some new faces, including George Elder, who plays Bill, Duncan Currie as Gerald, John Matthews as Parchester and Neil Hornsey as Charles. Regular members will also be on stage, with Sue Watson as Sally, Christopher Sewell as Sir. John, Pat Jones as the Duchess, Justine Sewell as Jacquie and Lei Cobb as Lady Jessica, along with many others. Me and My Girl can be seen on June 13th , 14th , 15th and 16th at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £4 and £5 and the box office opens on June 8th. Phone number 01304 366403.

 

Sunny tale chases the rain clouds away

The age-old story of love across the class system roared onto the stage of The Kilshawe Theatre in Guild Players’ production of Me and My Girl. Barrow boy Bill, played with great aplomb by newcomer George Elder, becomes the Earl of Hareford and his aristocratic relatives try to force him and his true love Sally apart, played fittingly by Sue Watson. Bill, though proves more than a match for them all. Superb costumes, a humorous script and lively singing made this a successful production and an entertaining night out. There were some clever performances by John Matthews, as the portly solicitor Parchester, and Neil Hornsey as the butler. The main characters exemplified the spirit of the 30s, and the household staff provided just the right touch of life below stairs. The Lambeth Walk and The Sun Has Got His Hat On had the audience joining in and clapping along. With the expert piano playing of Pascale Sierra, the show was enjoyed by an audience of young and old alike. Full marks to Gill Watson who directed the show.

Patricia Grist
Published in The East Kent Mercury 21stJune 2001

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gill Watson
Producer Christine Eyden
Piano Pascale Sierra
Choreography Ann Nettleship
Stage Manager Nick Nettleship
Stage Crew Ken Watson, Wayne Pointon & Giff Goldfinch
Set Builders Nick Nettleship & Ken Watson
Set Décor/Backdrops etc Anna Martin & Ken Watson
Portraits/Bust/Shield Pascale Sierra & Gail Pointon
Lamppost/Ancestor Frames Peter Ryder
Costumes Christine Eyden, Gill Watson, Madeline Finch, Marianne Sewell, Pamela Currie & Guild Players Members
Make-Up/Wigs Mary Kettyle
Production Secretary Sue Watson
Lighting & Sound Nick Tigwell
Props Louise Greenhead & Prue Jamieson
Tap Dancing Instructor Jamie Finch
Prompt & Curtain Janet Bailey & Pip Piacentino
Front of House Manager Charles Bailey
Front of House Assistants Brenda Smith, Christine Eyden & Ann Nettleship
Bar Alison Eyden, Dick Brankley & helpers
Buffet Carol Brankley, Mavis Fitzsimmons, Gill Watson & Cath. Dawkins
Raffle Phyllis Gray & helpers
Publicity Pip Piacentino, Sue Watson & Charles Bailey
Box Office Pam Jones
Poster Design/Window Displays Pip Piacentino
Poster Line Drawing George Elder
Photographs Raymond Harlow
Programme Design Christopher Sewell

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