Me and My Girl, 2013

Creative Team
Director – Siobhán Mullin
Musical Director – Billy Cairns
Choreographer – Angela Harding

Bill Snibson – Tony Young
Sally Smith – Angela Harding
Lady Jacqueline Carstone – Dawn Patton
Gerald Bolingbroke – Barry O’Kelly
Duchess of Dene, Bill’s aunt – Siobhán Farrell
Sir John Tremayne – Eamonn Connolly
Lord Jasper Tring – Denis Cooke
Parchester, the family solicitor – Drew Reid
Charles, the butler – Charlie O’Kelly
Lord Battersby – Fergal McCarry
Lady Battersby – Elizabeth McGeown
Pearly King / Bob – Chris O’Reilly
Pearly queen / Maid – Tori Mercer
Alf, the barman / Richard of Hareford – Wallace Oldridge
Thomas de Hareford – Martin Keenan
Sophia Stainsly-Asherton / Maid – Aoife Hogan
Mrs Brown / Cook – Maria Sweeney
Maid (Preparation fugue) – Aoife Duffy
Mrs Worthington-Worthington – Nuala Sweeney
Lady Brighton – Jennifer Boyd
Telegram Boy – JP O’Brien
Constable – Oisin Clarke

Ballet dancers
Grace Burbidge, Hannah Gibson, Katie Lynn, Claire Whitehead, Ellen Whitehead, Aimee Vernon

Amy Davis, Sara Donnelly, Aoife Duffy, Rebecca Fleming, Claire Harding, Stephen Harrison, Jennifer Laird, Laura-Rose Mailey, Tori Mercer, Siobhán Morgan, Chris O’Reilly, Jessica Peters

Amy Davis, Aoife Duffy, Aoife Hogan, Bridget Burns, Catherine McBride, Catherine Treanor, Chris O’Reilly, Claire Harding, Elma McEneaney, Grainne McGlynn, Jennifer Boyd, Jennifer Laird, Jessica Peters, Laura-Rose Mailey, Maggie Corrigan, Margaret Hewitt, Maria Burns, Maria Sweeney, Martin Keenan, Mary McAnespie, Nuala Sweeney, Oisin Clarke, Rebecca Fleming, Richard Henning, Sara Donnelly, Seamus Hughes, Siobhan Morgan, Stephen Harrison, Tim Cush, Tori Mercer, Trevor Wilson, Veronica Monan, Wallace Oldridge

REVIEW – Tour de farce is well worth a butcher’s

Fortwilliam Musical Society’s production of Me and My Girl opened last night at Theatre at the Mill and the audience couldn’t ‘Adam and Eve’ their ‘mince pies’.

Based on Stephen Fry’s revised 1980s version of the 1937 Noel Gay musical farce, this all-singing, all-dancing adaptation did the classic comedy of manner proud.

Set in 1930s London, the show’s procession of “utter, unmitigated yahoos” and “toffee-nosed berks” was brought to life by brilliant local actors.

Tony Young was especially good as the central ‘fish out of water’ character Bill Snibson, the unlikely heir to a titled estate and dispenser of Cockney rhyming slang aplenty.

Young’s role was a gift for the talented performer, mixing physical and verbal comedy with memorable songs including The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamppost.

The timeless story of Bill’s undying love for his Lambeth girl Sally unfolded amidst the East End ne’er-do-well’s new-found surroundings of croquet games, stuffed tigers and antique whisky decanters.

The likes of Dawn Patton as Lady Jacqueline Carstone, Barry O’Kelly as the fey loafer Gerald Bolingbroke and Drew Reid as the robust family solicitor Parchester delivered quality turns. And the audience got their ‘bread and honey’s’ worth.

Andrew Johnston, Belfast Telegraph, March 2013

Photography by Niall Laverty

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