John Carberry, Carol ?, ?, Eric Booth, SWO
George Harris, ?, Carol ?, SWO
Nornam Pink, George Harris
John Carberry, ?, ?,
Norman Pink, Eric Booth
Singapore Standard – Jan – Feb 1955
Stage Door By John Halkin
In these days of massive stage productions, involving the outlay of thousands of pounds, casts of millions, ice instead of boards and all the rest of the what-have-you which goes under the name of entertainment, it is refreshing to see a show which sets out to woo an audience’s attention rather than knock it flat with hullabaloo.
In the professional theatre, only the intimate revue attempts this. How tired one becomes of waving legs (in imitation rather of Keep Fit classes rather than of dancing) and stage effects which rely more on paint-pot and light console than on imagination in either producer or audience! And it is here that the intimate review has its appeal, for it recognises that members of the audience may have thoughts of their own.
Such an intimate review was presented last week at the Astra Cinema, RAF Seletar. The form it took was that of pantomime: the small intimate pantomime of a thousand Theatre Royals.
The title was Ivanhoe, which gives some indication of the loose plot which held the show together. The script was by Mary and Eric Booth, and Eric also produced the show.
Ivanhoe was so varied and successful a production that is difficult to pick out individual items for more detailed praise. I cannot resist, however, recalling to mind the antics of Norman Pink and Eric Booth as the two Bad Knights Fron and Bossy. Their excellent “horsemanship” was admired throughout the audience.
Pamela Norris made a good Principal Boy, and George Harris was enjoyable as Charlie Holloway, the Air Force boy who had hitch-hiked his way into the wrong century.
A L Richards obviously enjoyed himself thoroughly as Gertrude, and he carried the audience with him. There was also a great deal of enthusiasm for a more feminine female, Carol Rose Kirk as Salome.
Among the more “irrelevant” aspects of this entertainment, were some beautifully rendered songs by Charles Deakin, whose voice promises well for the coming musical productions of the Seletar Theatre Club. Irmgard Hoddinott, as Rowena, should also be mentioned here for her pleasing songs.
An asset to any variety entertainment was Desmond Anderson Jr, whose whistling was most professional.
Special interludes were provided, with songs from the Manasseh sisters and dances by Patsy Mackay.
Two stars of this show deserve special mention: Peter Draper and James Darlington. The programme did not reveal which of these two gentlemen was in front and which behind, but together they made a horse which anyone would back.
Ivanhoe made together a most enjoyable evening
The Seletar Theatre Club’s next production, Trial By Jury, and Chekhov’s The Bear will be awaited with interest.