The reprise of ‘Spot The Lady’ took place at The Sir George Monoux Grammar School as part of the Walthamstow Youth Drama Festival – with the MDC being beaten into second place by a mere half of one point – yes, you read correctly – ‘a mere half of one point’ – as confirmed in the subsequent Guardian Newspaper Report shown below!
Perhaps the judges may have just slightly underscored the beauty of a play written completely in rhyming couplets!
Regrettably no recounts were allowed in those days – nor have, at least as yet, any photographs been found of our narrow defeat.
However, a copy of the original Festival programme has been unearthed and this lists the Markhouse cast – as reproduced below. The progamme also shows that the other youth groups involved were Athan Boys Club,with a play called ‘The Crimson Coconut by Ian Hay (of Baa Baa Black Sheep fame) and St Peter’s in the Forest Youth Fellowship – with their play being ‘An Idea for a Play’ by Richard Tydeman – again an authour much ‘used’ by ourselves!
- Chorus – A Compere – Alec Malyon
- Greta – A Witch – Enid Moorshack
- Veronica – Another Witch – Lillian Mills
- Flo – Yet Another Witch – Penelope Everett
- Macbeth – Thane of Glamis – Mick Everett
- Banquo – General & Nobleman – David King
- Lady Macbeth – Valerie Poore
- Duncan – King of Scotland – Fred Page
- Malcolm – Duncan’s son – Gerald Aylott
- Macduff – A Nobleman – Keith Elliott
- Butch – A Murderer – David Morgan
- 1st Guest – Susan Riches
- 2nd Guest – Gordon Aylott
- 3rd Guest – Elaine Elliot
An example of ‘Spot The Lady’ rhyming couplets!
The action of ‘Spot The Lady’ takes place in the Inner Hall of Glamis Castle, Scotland, early in the 11th Century.
It is here that Macbeth gives his following murderous instructions to Butch – who has just ‘driven in’ to the stage – via Maxine’s ‘foot powered’ scooter!!
- ‘If you do as you are told, my friend, you’ll find
- Its worth your while – now keep this matter dark
- The chap we’re after is a copper’s nark
- From information that I know, he landed you in jug two years ago’
- His name is Banquo – just finish him and fleabags, that’s his son
- They say two can die as cheap as one’