March 2014


Cast and Crew

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd Peter Bowden
Richard Dauntless Chris Hall
 Sir Despard Murgatroyd David Seager
 Sir Roderick Murgatroyd Ken Brook
Old Adam Goodheart David Hughes
Rose Maybud Helen Fieldsend
Mad Margaret Hannah Carolan
Dame Hannah Susan Bradley
Zorah Jennie Henshaw
Ruth Heather Molloy
DIRECTOR Jean Horrocks
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Winner/Runner-up Award Person Organisation
WINNER Best G&S Production   NODA
RUNNER-UP Best Set & Costume Design   BATS



'A lovely evening'

In this G and S production, the director had a talented cast to work with.

The audience were treated to beautiful vocals from the whole cast, chorus as well as principals. The story involves the Baronet of Ruddigore, a spell cast on the family, the appearance of ghosts and in true Gand S all gets sorted out happily in the end.

Dame Hannah, well sung by Susan Bradley, opens the show, telling the unemployed Professional Bridesmaids who are upset at having no work, the legend of Ruddigore. Rose Maybud, beautifully sung by Helen Fieldsend, is loved by many of the village men including Robin Oakapple. It turns out that he is really the true Baronet. Treated to super acting and singing from Peter Bowden as Robin and principals Chris Hall (Richard Dauntless),David Hughes (Old Adam), Ken Brookes (Sir Roderic Murgatroyd) and finally but with a fantastic performance was David Seager playing Sir Despard Murgatroyd. Hannah Carolan cast as Mad Margaret, a difficult role to portray, but well attempted.

I would like to congratulate backstage staff on the lovely set, good sound and lighting. All the costumes were fantastic especially in the scene when the ghostly ancesters appear.

It is rare to see such a large orchestra as was present here, however this was a super group of musicians with a great conductor, Christine Seager.

Thank you so much for your kindness and help, a lovely evening.

Jackie Kay