|Hi De Hi|
July 18th - July 21st 2012
Stage-Door's 42nd show is Hi De Hi, the stage adaption of the popular British comedy series of the same name written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. David Croft was also the writer for 'Allo 'Allo which Stage-Door produced several years ago.
It is loosely based on Butlins, the holiday camp empire of Billy Butlin, his Redcoats replaced by 'Yellowcoats'. At the end of the 1958 season, the camp Entertainment Manager Mr Baverstock, a conman and womaniser, had been sacked for stealing charity money from the camp wishing well. At the same time, the camp comic Teddy Drinkwater had burned out and resigned, leaving the two posts vacant. The following year, a Cambridge University Professor of Archaeology, Jeffrey Fairbrother, who had tired of academia, applied for the role of Entertainment Manager. This annoyed the portly Camp Host, Ted Bovis, who wanted the job.
The job of Camp Comic was given to naive but kind-hearted Spike Dixon, who was awaiting his 'big break' and wanted an introduction to the world of show business.
Most episodes involved Ted Bovis attempting to scam the campers as well as the well-meaning Fairbrother, who also had to avoid the romantic approaches of Chief Yellowcoat and Sports Organiser, Gladys Pugh, as he was estranged from his wife but was initially reluctant to divorce her because of the social stigma attached.
Most of the other characters in the show were out-of-work actors and entertainers at the tail-end of their careers. These consisted of Fred Quilley, a disqualified jockey; Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, two former ballroom champions; and Mr Partridge, a failed music-hall star reduced to performing Punch and Judy puppet shows, despite hating children.
All these characters were big stars in their prime but were forced to take jobs at Maplins as a result of their careers failing, mostly because of the chaos that ensued in the aftermath of World War II, which had ended 14 years earlier.
Other characters consisted of several young men and women who had summer jobs as Yellowcoats, and Peggy Ollerenshaw, an eccentric but ambitious chalet maid who dreamed of becoming a Yellowcoat.
Gladys Pugh - Fiona Humphrey
Jeffrey Fairbrother - Jamie Griffiths
Ted Bovis - Dave Humphrey
Spike - Mark Barnes
Mr. Partridge - Nigel Peacock
Fred - David Griffin
Barry Stewart-Hargreaves - Nick Denton
Yvonne Stewart-Hargreaves - Sara Spencer
Peggy - Karen Perry
Hilary - Stevie Bennett
Mr. Pritchard - Alan Moss
Sylvia - Siobhana Healy
Betty - Maddie Denby
Tracey - Katy Sopp
Dawn - Kirstie Ferris
Bailiff - Gary Boniface
Announcer - Simon Bain
Director - Micky Darbyshire
Assistant Director - Maureen Ayres
Stage Manager - Gary Boniface
Costumes - Sandra Booker
Props - Christine Moss