THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS 

Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

151st Production


Second From Last in the Sack Race


By Michael Birch

Adapted from the novel by David Nobbs


Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October 1995

A wry, funny and very entertaining play by Michael Birch, adapted from the novel of the same name by David Nobbs, author of 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin,' 'Second From Last in the Sack Race' traces the ups and downs in the life of young Henry Pratt. Born in 1935 in a back-to-back in the north of England, Henry's childhood is disrupted first by the war, then by the death of his mother, followed shortly by that of his father. Entrusted to the care of his social-climbing Aunty Doris and Uncle Teddy, Henry is soon packed off to prep school in the south of England and then public school, where, once again, he has to make major adjustments to a new way of life. Just as everything seems to be working out for him - success at the school concert, summer abroad with his posh friend's family - disaster strikes as Uncle Teddy finds himself in severe financial difficulties and Henry is whisked away back up north, this time to live with grown-up cousin Hilda. Despite all these upheavals, Henry reaches the age of eighteen a reasonably well-adjusted young man, and the play ends in 1953, as he begins his National Service.

Cast

Henry Pratt

Ezra Pratt

A Parrot

A Radio

Hilda

Norah

Ada Pratt

Doris

Teddy

Billy

Eric Lugg

Lorna Arrow

Miss Candy

Miss Forrest

Mr. Gibbins

Tommy Marsden

Martin Hammond

Basher

Slasher

Chalky

Liam O'Reilly

Mr. Quell

Geoffrey Porringer

Daphne Porringer

Mabel Billington

Tram Conductor

Club Compere

Paul Hargreaves

Mr. Hargreaves

Mrs. Hargreaves

Diana Hargreaves

Tosser Pilkington-Brick

Lampo

Tubman Edwards

Chemist

Beverly

Norbert

Karen

Stanley

Betty

Denise

Sgt. Major

Narrator

Paul Dennis

John Preston

Paul Matthews

David Elford

Paula Fawcett

Angie Johnson

Ann Brown

Melanie Mason

Paul Parker

Brian Lewis

Les Tong

Jennie Jupp

Angie Johnson

Charlotte Henderson

Les Tong

Paul Mathews

Kevin Hornsey

Helen Blagg

Maria Jarvis

Joanne Coy

Chris Freer

David Elford

Les Tong

Ann Brown

Jennie Jupp

Brian Lewis

John Preston

Charlotte Henderson

David Elford

Angie Johnson

Jennie Jupp

Chris Freer

Paul Mathews

Paul Parker

Paul Parker

Charlotte Henderson

Kevin Hornsey

Maria Jarvis

Paul Mathews

Helen Blagg

Linda Hamilton

Chris Freer

David Elford

Production Team

Director

Production Secretary

Stage Managers

 

Assistant Stage Managers

 

Properties

 

Lighting

Set Design

Set Painting

 

 

Set Construction

Sound and Music

Sound Operators

 

 

Projector Operators

 

Costumes

 

Publicity

 

Poster Design

Front of House Manager

Programme

Jacky Bacon

Caroline Norden

Bob Guest

Ann Brown

Judie Bateson

Linda Hamilton

Judie Bateson

Helen Blagg

Andy Bulleyment

Karen Preston

Caroline Norden

Jacky Bacon

Bill Bateson

Brian Lewis

Paul Parker

Steve Jacobs

Steve Brownless

Suzanne Goodwin

Pete Walker

Linda Hamilton

Jacky Bacon

Society Members

John Preston

Judie Bateson

Karen Preston

Jill Burns

David Elford