From Tipperary To Flanders Fields
Sat 8th Oct at 7.30pm
Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre
played to full house
at The Astor Theatre Deal
Fri 11th March 2016
The Frogman and The Diva
a new musical comedy farce
opening Sat 10th Oct 2015 at 7.30pm
where everthing is not quite as it seems
A Commemoration of World War I
1914-1918 in Words and Music
IT'S A LONG LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY FROM FLANDERS FIELDS
St Giles Church, Tottenham Court Road WC2H 8LG
on Armistice Day WEd Nov 11th at 7.30pm
review of the sell out performance at Jermyn St
Ann Lindsey Wickens
Carol-Anne Wells (Musical Director)
Michael Thomas (Director)
ON THE HALLS by Michael Thomas
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An exciting new dramatizing the lives of two famous singers from a past era
ON THE HALLS PROMO
BY Tony Currell
On The Halls has been specially written for Kent based company KATAPULT Productions for their current by Dover based drama director and writer Michael Thomas. It tells the of Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilley, two performers who dominated the halls for a period of nearly forty years up to the early 1920s. These women were famous and often controversial stars both at and abroad in Africa.and Australia. One always performed dressed as a man. The other had a complicated and sometimes violent love life that she courageously worked into her .
Many of those songs have remained popular favourites to this day and are included in the show. There is a whole sequence devoted to Vesta Tilley’s song that encouraged thousands of young men to for service in what became the Great War. On The Halls tells the story of aspects of English a hundred years ago in a powerfully dramatic way.
But Marie and Vesta could not just rely on songs to be successful. They also had to be funny,clever and inventive. They needed new material all the time, and in the case of Marie Lloyd in particular they had to be sexy and a bit suggestive.
On The Halls shows how these two women’s different evolved and how they had to overcome very different challenges in becoming the superstars of their day.
The cast of On TheHalls includes
Marie Kelly as Marie Lloyd,
Ann Lindsey Wickens as VestaTilley,
Brian Withstandley as the Chairman and George V,
Duncan Woodruff as various husbands and Queen Mary, and
Josiah Rose as theatre manager Walter de Frece and a very moral Victorian lady. Musical Director is Laurene Payne .
To enjoy this brilliant new come and be prepared to laugh, cry and sing (yes sing!) in roughly equal measures.
Sept 28th 29th 2013 at The Sarah Thorne Theatre Club Broadstairs The Arden Faversham 18/19 Oct at 7.45pm
The Astor Deal -
Nov 3rd 2013
The Marlborough Theatre Jan 25th 2014
TRISTAN BATES THEATRE TOWER ST LONDON W1
11-15 March 2014
Epsom Playhouse March 27th 2014
Rochester Victoria - 30/31 May 2014
Woodville Halls Gravesend - 27 July 2014
SCOTT SPARKS STAR SHOTS
Concert performance London July 22nd 2013
The Concert Artists Association Garrick Room
20 Bedford Street Covent at 8pm - played to a capacity audience who "loved every minute" "you made us laugh and cry and had us enthralled" strong performances - especially the ladies" "can't wait to see the full show"