Mystery Citizen drama photograph identified
LIGHT has been shone on an unidentified photo we printed last week.
On Thursday we asked for your help for information on a play pictured.
And it turns out among the cast was our very own former chief reporter Hugh Worsnip, now of the Gloucester Civic Trust.
He said: "The unidentified photo of the drama production caught my eye because I am in it.
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"It records the first rock 'n' roll version of a Shakespeare play ever to be performed in Gloucester (January 8-11, 1964).
"The drama company was The Phoenix Players – still going strong – and the band was The Beatniks, retired long ago.
"Twelfth Night was billed under its alternative title What You Will. It was directed and designed by Gordon Fluck and performed at the Central Boys School, Cotteswold Road. The three songs from Shakespeare's script were adapted for the rock 'n' roll beat by Ricky Welch, singer/guitarist of The Beatniks, and he added three others in similar vein.
"The play was performed to good houses but mixed reviews. It didn't go down too well with those who believe you shouldn't muck about with Shakespeare, but the cast and band had a great time. Each night the production ended with the cast, and braver members of the audience, dancing The Twist.
"Thanks for the memory."
Left to right in the shot are: Mike Collins, Cyril Appleton, Walter Maddox, Margaret Harris, Hugh Worsnip, John Evans, Anthony Langman, David 'Olly' Vick. Kneeling at the front are Ricky Welch and Ken Williams.