Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Radio Budleigh: “Just One Thing After Another”

Radio Budleigh’s show at the Salterton Drama Club’s Playhouse was part of the town’s Gala Week. The production was a nostalgic look-back at 50s’ radio shows, and it seemed only natural to record these moments from the Gala Night performance on 23 May in black and white. (Thanks to Ian for that idea!)

It was the second live broadcast staged by the Salterton Drama Club. The cast, or as they called themselves The Players, presented a programme of sketches, monologues and songs for our entertainment. The audience included Budleigh’s new Mayor Courtney Richards, wearing his chain of office.

Refreshments were served by the Players prior to the performance and during the interval.

We were asked to join in by applauding, laughing and singing when required “to give a convivial atmosphere for our listeners at home.” The audience was also asked to ensure that our “portable telephonic equipment” was switched off.

Player Mark Bazeley was “on the sound table” demonstrating every kind of theatrical skill from tea-pouring to monkey-calling.

The other players in alphabetical order were:
Mr Simon Blissett
Mr Richard Gomm
Miss Wendy Gomm
Mr David Holt
Miss Rosemary Holt
Miss Mary Logan
Miss Diane Nicholls
Miss Jennifer Roberts
Mr Roger Simmonds
Miss Shirley Snell
Miss Sandria Stewart
Miss Elizabeth Waddams

Light, Music and Incidental sounds were provided by Mr Tony Goodwin and Mr Stephen Andrews. Scenery was by Mr Richard Gomm, Mr David Holt and members of the group. Miss Julia Stewart-Young and members of the group acted as Front of House, and the Producers were Mr David Holt, Miss Wendy Gomm and Mr Richard Gomm.

The audience joined in at the conclusion with the chorus of ‘The Hippopotamus Song’:

Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
So follow me follow,
Down to the hollow,
And there let us wallow
In glorious mud!

The proud sponsors of Radio Budleigh are The Premier Café, 7 Chapel Street, Budleigh Salterton.

The Salterton Drama Club’s next production from 8-13 June 2009 is ‘Third Week in August’ by Peter Gordon. Further information about the Drama Club is at

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