After celebrating our 60th anniversary last year with the appropriately named Party Piece, we decided this year to indulge in a little nostalgia and pay tribute to one of the most greatly loved television series of all time.
The stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo follows the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war-torn occupied France, ad he and his wife, Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and kept in a sausage in their cellar.
Rehearsals for both cast and crew were such fun and everyone thoroughly enjoyed being involved.Christine King
René Artois – Trevor King
Edith – Rosemary Goddard
Yvette – Julie Sadler
Leclerc – Roger Rackliff
Michelle – Sam Morgan-Charnock
Mimi – Suzanne Nevitt
The Piano Player – Daniel Eddies
Peasants – Chris Tye, Sue Adie, Jade Busby, Jennifer Whitehouse & Dan Phillips
Colonel Kurt von Strohm – David Solly
Captain Alberto Bertorelli – Adam Bullock
Herr Otto Flick – Barry Ellis
Helga – Dorothy Colman
Lieutenant Gruber – Steve Willis
General von Schmelling – Roger Jones
German Soldiers – Nigel reynolds, Dan Phillips & Daniel Eddies
Crabtree – Elliot King
1st Airman – Chris Tye
2nd Airman – Nigel Reynolds
Director – Christine King
Stage Manager – Sue Smith
Assistant Stage Manager – Patricia Rackliff
Lighting – Mike Astles & Eddie Coleman
Sound – Steve Willis & Mike Astles
Properties – Kathryn King, Debbie Lilley & Patricia Rackliff
Continuity – Ann Smith
Set Design – Trevor King
Backstage Crew – Sue Adie, Alison Blake, Kate Jones & Pete Lilley
Set Construction – St John’s Players
Publicity – David Solly & Helen King
Review: ‘Allo ‘Allo at the Swan Theatre, Worcester – Thursday 18th November 2010TACKLING a show such as ‘Allo ‘Allo is a brave move by any amateur society.
The BBC classic is so well known that almost everybody has their own ideas about how it should be performed and what the characters should be like.
St John’s Players are currently giving their version of the popular stage adaptation at the Swan Theatre with, if truth be told, mixed results.
On the whole, the production, directed by Christine King, is a decent attempt but, on the night I watched, was let down by technical errors and several prompts and it was often difficult to hear what was being said.
However, it improved and had its moments with some of the visual gags working very well, particularly involving the knockwurst sausage and an inflatable Hitler as the plot unravelled.
The costumes and the set were impressive too.
Trevor King takes the lead as cafe owner Rene Artois, trying to make his way in wartime France while at the same time being nice to both the resistance and Germans, his wife Edith (Rosemary Goddard) and his two waitresses Yvette (Julie Sadler) and Mimi (Suzanne Nevitt).
There were other notable performances from Adam Bullock as Captain Alberto Bertorelli, who over-acted the part to good effect, and David Solly as Colonel von Strohm.
The eccentric Leclerc was well portrayed by Roger Rackliff, although his voice was quite quiet, while Steve Willis’ Lieutenant Gruber was suitably reserved.
Elliot King’s Crabtree was also well received and his antics with the sausage brought plenty of laughs from the audience.Steve Carley