1950s’ midwifery

A village amateur dramatics group will be performing at a festival later this month with an original creation.

The Eydon Players will be presenting Fetch the Breadknife at the Fourth South Northants Drama Festival, coming to Weedon Lois Village Hall on September 12 and 13.

The idea for Fetch the Breadknife has been described by its creator, Eydon Players member Mick Hawes, as an alternative memoir of midwifery in the 1950s. Mick said: “Having watched a certain popular drama programme on Sunday evenings on BBC 1 in recent winters, I was excited to discover a series of autobiographical books by nurse turned writer Penny Dredfall.

“She channelled her experience of working in the poorer parts of London in the 1950s into her award winning trilogy Penny’s Worth, Another Penny’s Worth and Have You Got Change for a Thruppenny Bit?”

Mick, working alongside fellow Eydon Players member Peter Keenan, has written this up into thirty minutes of nostalgia set in 1957. The cast of the show sees Frank Hunter, as Sister Harmonica, Sally Stretton as Sister Sensible, Robin Brown as the Policeman and Tia Kerby as The 

Fiona Reynolds takes on the role of Young Penny while the piece is narrated by her mature self Old Penny, voiced by Maralynn Hunter.

Geoff Stretton oversees these thespians as the Floor Manager.

It is a return to the festival for the Eydon Players.

Last year they performed a show called Matron Don’t Allow, another original piece with references to popular culture of the 1950s and the Northampton boot and shoe industry.

Also on the same bill at the festival will be a performance by the Helmdon Bridge Players. They present Blind Date.com, a series of sketches by Gerald P Murphy which gives some comic insights into first dates.

Weston and Lois Weedon Drama Group will be putting on A Cut In The Rates – a script by theatrical legend Alan Ayckbourn.

It tells the story of Miss Pickhart, a rate inspector who comes from Town Hall to do an assessment and find out why Mr Ratchet, the illusionist, hasn’t been paying any rates. However, this visit quickly becomes more than an average everyday call

The festival will also see Frank Hunter from Weston and Lois Weedon Drama Group who will perform Murdering Muriel, a monologue written by Geoff Parker.

There will be performances at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets for the festival are available from Jenni Liversidge by calling 01327 860039 or emaili ng jonathan.carpenter@berrybros.com.

For further information about the festival visit www.southnorthantsdrama.org or find the event on Facebook.