‘The Birthday Cake Song’ is perhaps the most easily recalled song of the many that were written by Barry Elliott during his time at the Drama Club – this being one of several that he wrote for the 1967 Pantomime of Captain Blood – the Scurge of Markhouse Road Canal!
The script doesn’t include the actual lyrics but, much to the amusement of a few other guests in the Rivenhall Hotel Bar at the time, June and Norma’s vocal recall and rendition resulted in most of the words becoming ‘re-available’ for publication – as follows:
- “Birthday Cake, A Birthday Cake, We’ve got to make a Birthday Birthday cake
- The Captain of the Ship told us today
- Today’s a very special day
- They’ve appointed three you see,
- Three with courage, dignity and brains,
- I’m Hook, I’m Crook, I’m the one whose got the hook,
- We are Hook and Crook and he’s the cook”
The song was clearly sung by the 3 comic pirates who, as well as can be recalled, were played by Alec, Ray and one other?
Barry left the Drama Club around 1968 to embark on a professional career in the world of entertainment – with his appearance in the Anthony Bygraves Show in Torquay
‘Sorry your not still around to play the music for us Barry’
A photo gallery for ‘Captain Blood’ will be added to the website later in 2017