Way back last year I featured here the details of a musical production and subsequent record called ‘The Devils and the Angels’ (based on Leon Garfield’s book ‘Smith’) created by staff and pupils from Brownhills Compreshensive School in the late 1970s, and in the course of that discussion it became clear that the school had a track record for good drama and musical productions.
Well, I’ve been contacted by reader Joanne Millett, who has a question related to this:
I am a former pupil of Brownhills Community School in the 1980’s.
I am trying to recall cast members of a school production of Oliver. If any of your followers could help it would stop my mind from exploding.
The record generated a lot of interest and triggered many memories, and I’m hoping this enquiry will do the same – and hopefully turn up cnot just cast members, but material related to the show.
Thanks to Joanne for a great enquiry – please, what do you know? Were you Oliver Twist, or did you know Mr. Bumble? Perhaps you picked a pocket or two… Let us know. Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.
Gina young emailed:
I was in the production of Oliver at Brownhills Comp. I was in Fagin’s gang along with, Sarah Whitbrook, Harry Starbuck, and Paul Story. Mr Twist was Fagin, Mr Brown ( I think that was his name ) was Mr Bumble, Miss Aldridge was Mrs Brownlow and Mr Perks the history teacher was also in it. It was under the supervision of the marvelous English teacher Mrs Kenny.
We rehearsed on a night time after school and it must have been in the winter as all of us as children walked home together the long way round along the A5 and down the parade as we were frightened of walking down the black path in the dark as there were no lights on it at this time.
I can remember many things that went on during that production, some funny some sad, but they were good days and I loved being a part of it.