March 2016


Cast and Crew

Lord Chancellor  Peter Bowden
Earl of Mountararat Mike Nash
Earl Tolloller David Griffiths
Private Willis Ken Brook
Strephon Anthony Noden
Queen of the Fairies Elizabeth Gent
Iolanthe Hannah Carolan
Phyllis Eleanor Molloy
Celia Lynn Corlett
Leila Heather Molloy
Fleta Christine Travis
DIRECTOR Hannah Carolan
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Winner/Runner-up Award Person Organisation
RUNNER UP Best Musical   BATS
RUNNER UP Best Actress in a Musical Hannah Carolan BATS
RUNNER UP Best Set & Costume Design   BATS



This society really had to work so hard the night that I saw this show. After the overture the MD had to leave as he had felt ill most of the day. The leader of the orchestra, Janet Hitchen, had to become conductor and Andrew Morley had to move and become leader of the orchestra. Apart from one or two slight hiccups the show was still a resounding success. Costumes and lighting were very good.

Hannah Carolan playing the part of Iolanthe was excellent. Eleanor Molloy was superb as Phyllis with a beautiful voice and great stage presence. The Lord Chancellor was played by Peter Bowden. Every word of his patter songs could be heard and they were sung at some speed. Brilliant. Liz Gent was a very exotic Fairy Queen, singing her solos and joining with the fairy chorus with great feeling. Ken Brook was a smashing Private Willis with a cracking voice and his facial expressions were super. It`s no wonder that the Fairy Queen was eyeing him up. Anthony Noden was a handsome Strephon who has fallen in love with Phyllis. Their duets were well sung. I enjoyed `None Shall Part us`. Both sang their solos and numbers with the chorus very well. The various Peers were well cast. They included The Earl of Mountararat (Mick Nash) and Earl Tolloller (David Griffiths). Both had very strong vocals. I enjoyed the scene as they were trying to work out who was to marry Phillis. I was impressed with all the Peers who all seemed to have their own character and never let it slip. Well sung and acted. Not to be outshone were the group of fairies who all sang well. Leading them were, Fairies - Celia, Leila and Fieta, played by Lynn Corlett, Heather Molloy and Christine Travis.

I was sad to hear of the death of three of their members. Jean Horrocks who was still directing the show until the end of the year. The task of directing the show passed to Hannah Carolan. You did a great job giving us such a good show. The beginning of the year also saw the death of Gill Tonge, a stalwart member of the society, the show was dedicated to her memory. Rosemere also announced the death of Maureen Roberts, their rehearsal pianist for many years. Sympathies go to all the families and to the society on the loss of these members.

Thank you so much for your kind invitation, I enjoyed everything about this show.

Jackie Kay