Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

78th Production

The Owl and the Pussycat went to see...

By Sheila Rudkin and David Wood

Based on the Nonsense Fantasies of Edward Lear

7th - 11th December 1971

The Hospital Players feel that as you enjoyed our previous pre-Christmas children’s productions such as ‘Toad of Toad Hall,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘New Clothes for the Emperor’ and – last year – ‘Pinocchio’ you will also enjoy this delightful and unusual play, rich in bizarre and colourful characters. Although billed as a ‘children’s play,’ we are sure that this includes ages from 3 to 93.

The play is based on the nonsense poems of Edward Lear and includes such delightful items as the story of the Dong with the Luminous Nose and his friends the Jumblies and the Quangle Wangle and his enormous hat, complete with resident Hat Band who accompany the singers and entertain the audience.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat set off on a romantic journey in a pea-green boat, at the end of which they meet the Dong, Quangle Wangle, Runcible Spoon, Professor Bosh, the Pig with a ring in its nose, the notorious Plum Pudding Flea, the Jumblies and eventually – after many adventures – the Turkey who agrees to marry them, if he can remember the service.

Most of these characters are very unusual, the Jumblies for example:

Their heads are green, their hands are blue and they have a tendency to wrap their feet in pinky paper.

The dreaded villain of the piece, the Plum Pudding Flea, has a rotund body, tiny wings and contagious spots (luckily all audiences are immune); an awesome sight, but the Flea is eventually overcome by the brave ‘Runcible Spoon’ and the resourceful ‘Professor Bosh.’




The Dong (with the luminous nose)

Quangle Wangle

Mr. Canary

Mrs. Canary

The Plum Pudding Flea

The Runcible Spoon

Professor Bosh

The Pig

Head Jumbly

Jumbly Girl

The Rev. Turkey

The Fishes




The Birds



Tony Deane

Jacky Duncan

David Roberts

David Elford

David Wilson

Annette Batty

Joan Brown

Harriet Deane

Mike Bradley

Sara Ashworth

David Wilson

Carol Peasgood

Brian Lewis

Patsy Westland

Mandy Cressey

Christine Lewis

Lynne Leaning

Lynne Leaning

Peter Wood

Peter Wood

Sara Ashworth

Lynne Leaning

Production Team


Musical Direction by

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers





Sound Operator

Set Design





Set Construction

Poster Design

House Managers



Box Office

Theatre Manager

Assistant Theatre Manager

John Harrop

Keith Sykes

Brian Lewis

David Sykes

Bob Perks

Margaret Hague

Geraldine Lattimore

Eric Such

Cheryl Hounslow

David Sykes

John Harrop

Joan Brown

Elizabeth Harrop

Susan Hunt

Brian Lewis

Christine Spindley

Fay Hopper

Janice Sparks

Jean Cattee

Phyllis Dadd

Glyn Roberts

Mavis Ellin

Tony Deane (The Owl), David Roberts (The Dong with the Luminous Nose) and Jacky Duncan (Pussycat)

Carol Peasgood
Jacky Duncan