[16 October 16 1954]
BRITISH WOMEN’S OVERSEAS CLUB LEAGUE STAGES CONCERT
Cleverly draped yellow and pink curtains formed an effective background for the concert conducted by the British Women’s Overseas League on Wednesday night. Sketches were well acted by players who were obviously enjoying themselves, and the use of a minimum of furniture was effective.
The first sketch, “The Perfect Mother,” acted by Olive Andrews and Ann Anderson, told of a girl home from a job in London getting ready for the village dance. The mother’s endeavour to convey to her daughter what a perfect mother she was, who “never had and never would interfere,” was enjoyed by a large audience.
An exclusive hat shop of Madame Estelle was the scene of the sketch, “The Hat Shop,” played by Pat Wilson, Connie Wood, Vera Lowe and Elsie Prior. This told of a woman who was reluctant to pay a high price for a hat, and who preferred a “soft shade of black.” The friend who accompanied her delighted the audience with her quick wit. She was obviously at home on the stage.
“On the Platform,” with Noel Sunley and Len Wainscott as the Cockney man and wife at Clapham Junction on a hot August day, raised laughs. The wife’s reprimanding her imaginary family for their misbehaviour was well done.
Another sketch, “Reducing,” was played by a visiting team from Eskdale. They were Zoe Martell, Nan Wood and Ann Charlesworth. This sketch was about a woman who wished to quickly reduce at a weight-reducing salon. There was roar from the audience when a small girl, in a fur coat and hat, appeared from behind the curtain at the end of the reducing period.
The finale, “The Marching Team,” was popular. There was chaos among the “Grenadier Girls from Great Britain” who appeared in a variety of costumes – slacks, dungarees, white overalls and shawls. Leader, Mrs. Mason, tried vainly to teach her team to march. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the sketch.
The sketches were interspersed with singing items. The choral groups first numbers were “Hearts of Oak,” “All Thru’ the Night,” “Comin’ Thru’ the Rye,” “Cockles and Mussles,” [Mussels] “Little Brown Jug,” and “Sanctuary of the Heart.” Solos by Rose Harbottle were “Some Day My Heart will Awake,” and “Because.”
A solo “I’ll Walk Beside You” by Miss H. Jenkins and a duet by Mr. and Miss Jenkins, “Give Me Your Smile,” were enjoyed. An encore was “Bless This House.”
The choral group entertained with popular songs, including “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” “Mocking Bird Hill,” “I Love You Truly” and “At the End of the Day.” Betty MacDonald, who was in charge of the choral group, sang “Back to Sorrento,” and “Bill.”
Accompanist and announcer was Mrs. Wainscott