This was the first of the Drama Club’s two productions of Thackery’s ‘Rose and the Ring’ and whilst the whole of the cast list is not currently available, several of those involved are listed in the programme of a later production of ‘Ambrose Applejohn’s Adventure’ in 1961 – this showing the ‘previous appearances (of members) in major productions’
In addition – the ‘well worn and fairly fragile’ copy of the above newspaper cutting of the production has fortunately come to light – having been kept by Elaine’s mother since she had appeared in the cast. It is hoped that the parts played by the rest of the cast shown in the newspaper report, will also come to light and added to the list from the subsequent ‘AAA’ production – which is shown below.
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- Prince Giglio – Michael Rumsey
- Princess Rosalba – Valerie Poore
- Woodcutters Daughter – Pat Payne
- Monk – Lillian Mills
- Archbishop – Costakis Aposalides
- King Padella – Alan Cook
- Soldier – Robert Paine
- King Valorosa – Len Hart
Guardian Newspaper Report
‘Schools First Play was Word-Perfect’
‘First Full Length Play to be staged by Markhouse Secondary School, Walthamstow – Thackeray’s “Rose and the Ring” – attracted near capacity audiences on Wednesday and Friday last week. The play should have been put on at Easter, but staff illness prevented its production then. This however, gave the 47 strong cast slightly longer to become word perfect, resulting in a smooth and polished performance by all concerned.
With two exceptions, costumes and properties were made by pupils, who put hours of hard work into the cutting and sewing, painting and construction.
Many parents and old boys were among those who attended. Producer was English and Drama Teacher Mr C F Malyon
Those taking part were Rosemary Mansfield, Christine Shields, Christine Chappell, Margaret Benney, Sandra Callaghan, Christine Hall, Christine White, Teresa Blackshaw, Valerie Poore, Yvonne Reynolds, Carol Wade, Robert Kemp, Brian Butler, Tony Fowler, Mr L Hart, Maureen Harrigan, Mr L Griffiths, Mr D Steward, Janet Warren, Mr F Gizzi, Gerald Aylott, Gordon Aylott, Janice Carter, Enid Moorshack, Pat Payne, Margaret Patten, Costakis Aspostalides, Alan Cook, Vivienne Frost, Jennifer Todd, Elaine Elliott, Pat Dalling, Paul Samuels, Lillian Mills, Sylvia Mumford, Pauline Wright, Doreen Dyer, Jimmy Braid, Tony Harvey, Robert Paine, Kenny Morgan, David Perry, David Thorpe
Stage Managers: Peter King & Alan Hollingsworth. Assistants: John Smart, Brian Hussey, Christine Shields, Penny Malling, Barry Mingay
Properties: Irene Kingsnorth & Mavis Hickey
Make Up: Brenda Chapman, Brenda Leggatt, Janet Warren, Maureen Harringer, Rosemary Mansfield
Note: Apologies for any misspelling or omission of any names in the above list as a result of the print size and condition of the original clipping.