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Our Next Production:
PANTO: THE PIE-EYED PIPER OF WIGTON
Proscenium arch theatre
90 raked seats
Ice cream & snacks
Grand National Night
“Gaslight”. Wigton Theatre Clubs’s April 1958 production - the last to be performed in the Secondary School Hall. A Victorian melodrama lit by Calor Gas! I note the gas was only borrowed. Hope they got it back in the canister without loss. Also - posh costumes from Leeds. A first I think.
Deep are the Roots
Here’s the one you have all been waiting for - “Deep Are The Roots” performed in October 1958. This was the first production at the Parish Rooms. This was a rather strange choice of play for Wigton and the photo shows some unusual aspects including questionable make up, Norrie Glaister’s toy gun and a dodgy moustache for Donald Penrice. Sorry but I only have the newspaper cutting of the photo.
The mention of the new lighting in the report revives vivid memories of my dad building all the lighting kit at home to use in the club’s new venue. He used Carr’s biscuit tins, painted matte black and fixed together into various banks for footlights, overhead spot lights etc., coloured perspex(?) sheets for the effects, and a whole stack of switches, dimmers and other equipment sourced from Strand Electrics. The first photo shows him with Tom Hadwin and John Housby demonstrating the new control panel.
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