Post Horn Gallop

A farce by Derek Benfield
October 1978
Faringdon Community Theatre, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon
Directed by Evelyn Stoodley

Tickets were available from White Bros (hairdressers), 7 Cornmarket, Faringdon.

post-horn-gallop-1978-photoIn the ancestral home the nerve-shattered Chester is again menaced at every turn by his old enemies Capone and Wedgwood. In the ancestral flowerbeds Lord Elrood lurks with his shotgun, ready to repel attacks by the butcher’s boy, the postman, and other desperate characters. Through the ancestral living-room wander Maggie and Bert, come for two-and-sixpence-worth of gawp and suitably awestruck by the goings-on of the country house set, or, to put it another way, inmates. The plot is somehow concerned with missing pictures.

Back: David Cossins; Jeff Hucklebridge; lrene Barron; Hazel Riddle; Jean Leahy; Tim Reeves; Paul Tanner. Front: Deirdre Hamley; David Headey; Yvonne Cockett. Derek Belcher not in photo.

See the programme for further details, it cost 10p (two shillings in old money).

Pump HouseA new era begins! This was the first production in the new theatre and community centre that was created in the old Pump House (photo). This was the only production during this year, after a three-year gap. Only a few plays had been produced since 1972 when The Little Theatre had been demolished. Read more… History of FDS.


Cast (in order of appearance):

Ada - Jeanne Leahy
Lord Elrood - David Cossins
Lady Elrood - Yvonne Cockett
Patricia - Deirdre Hamley
Miss Partridge - Hazel Riddle
Chester Dreadnought - Dave Headey
Bert - Jeff Hucklebridge
Maggie - Irene Barron
Mr Capone - Tim Reeves
Mr Wedgewood - Paul Tanner
George Willis - Derek Belcher

See programme for further details.

Production No.68 (number of shows performed unknown)