St Nicolas Portslade

School Play July 1950

By Tony Betteridge

Photo:The cast of "A Cartload of Villains"

The cast of "A Cartload of Villains"

From the private collection of Tony Betteridge

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The play was written and produced by Mrs Wells.  It was performed on two evenings in July 1950 in the Abinger Hall, Portslade and this photograph of the cast was taken in the back playground of the school.

Standing from Left to Right:-

Brenda Hawkes (Fairy Onyx), Judith Stringer (A Bird), Unknown, Ann Clark (Lady Arnold), Anita Wilkins (Lady Percy), Unknown, Unknown, Eileen Ayling (Princess Eleanor), Unknown, Barry Woodward (Lord Percy), Frank Piner (Lord Arnold), Valerie Grant (A Bird), Brenda Swann (Fairy Pearl)

Seated from Left to Right:-

Marion Godsmark (Fairy Flitterwing), Doreen Baker (Saphir- a nasty witch), Christopher Root (Evil Edward - A remorseless desperado), Barbara Ellis (Baroness Malerolenta), Wendy May (Lady Anne), Tony Betteridge (Roderick, the Prince Regent), Barry Morgan (Prince Guy), Valerie Ayling, John Collins (Jasper Murker-a No1 stock villain), Brian Cherriman (Shocking Stephen - A remorseless desperado)

Christopher Cotton played Prince Guy in one performance, but is not in the photograph.  I have a small group photograph which includes Christopher.

Perhaps there is a contemporary out there who can fill in the missing names?


This page was added on 25/12/2017.
Comments about this page

Thanks so much for posting that Tony. I recognise several performers, though I am only in touch with Chris Cotton who is in Auckland, NZ.

Marvellous days, always sunny, carefree and exciting. Hard to believe that we are all almost 80 now! Can you please post the photo with Chris (Prince Guy) as he has no computer, and I can send a print to him . 

By barry flahey (27/12/2017)

Hello again  Barry.  I was hoping that you would log in and see this, and, yes, I have submitted for publication the photo that included Chris together with some comment about the summer of 1950.  When you send him a copy of the photo please send my regards and best wishes for his big birthday next year.  I have a cricket team photo to submit next and may get round to that tomorrow.

By Tony Betteridge (31/12/2017)

Tony. Are you the same Betteridge who attended Hove Grammar and lifted 600 schoolboy hearts by bowling RH first ball in the Masters/Boys match?

By Geoff Stoner (01/01/2018)

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