All Time Music Hall

Performances:Betchworth Village Hall 12/13th November 2021

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For our first show since 2019, BODS presents a selection of Music Hall  solo and company songs and monologues, together with some more contemporary music 

Musical Director and accompanist: Ian Stone
Director: Julie Bickerdike
Lighting: David Ames

Cast: Lynda Barrett-Mercer, Julie Bickerdike, John Bryant, Carolyn Burnley, David Eccles, Vicki Hodges, Jane Khan, Jane Johnson, Diane Mayall, Stephen Tickell, Sarah Weston

FOH: Alison Cooper, Angela Terribile, Jane Flanders, Roger & Kathy Wilman



The Merry Widow

Performances 13-16 November 2019

Director: Alison Cooper

Musical Director: Ian Stone

The Merry Widow is Franz Lehar's most popular and enchanting operetta. With dazzling melodies, wit and elegance the story unfolds as the fabulously wealthy widow, Anna, arrives in Paris. Pursued by numerous suitors, complications and misunderstandings abound when at an Embassy party, she rekindles her relationship with her old flame, Danilo. But, will he forsake the Grisettes, the famous dancing girls at Maxim’s, and declare his true feelings for Anna…?

An amateur production by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Ltd (music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer)


Anna Sarah Esser Haswell
Danilo Peter Thomas
Baron Zeta Trevor Allen
Valencienne Jane Khan
Camille David Clark
Njegus David Longes
St Brioche Andy Davis
Cascada Mark Edwards
Kromov Roger Nelson
Bogdanovitsch David Eccles
Olga Jane Seymour
Sylvia Jane Johnson
Praskovia Gini King

Diane Mayall, Sue Nelson, Margaret Longes

Diana Barnsley, Kathy Wilman, Linda Slater

Parisian Guests Pam Patch, Vicki Hodges, Edward Marston

Lighting: David Ames

Photography Mick Mercer

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or "The Gods Grown Old", by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan

Directed by Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Musical Director: Ian Stone

7-10th November Betchworth Memorial Hall

The 'lost' G&S opera

This is a unique production of the earliest G & S work, for which no musical score survives. First staged in 1871 as a Christmas entertainment, it ran for 63 performances, but Sullivan's score was then lost, and the work largely forgotten during the writers' lifetimes - although Sullivan certainly reused at least two of the tunes. The story concerns a group of actors in ancient Greece - the original Thespians - who take over the role of Gods on Mount Olympus so the decrepit deities can take a holiday on earth, with predictably chaotic consequences

Thespis has only occasionally been revived, from the 1950s onwards, sometimes with a score specially composed 'in the style of Sullivan'. Lynda and Ian however have painstakingly created their own score using familiar tunes in Sullivan's later repertoire, but incorporating 'Climbing over Rocky Mountains' (Pirates of Penzance) and 'Little maid of Arcadee' which are known to have been in the original. 


Jupiter Patrick Gallagher
Mars Matt Stainer
Apollo Colin Bousfield
Diana Pam Patch
Mercury Jane Khan
Thespis David Longes
Daphne Jane Johnson
Nicemis Margaret Longes
Sparkeion Carolyn Burnley
Tipseion Jane Seymour
Preposteros  Julian Warner-Edney
Prettiea Julie Bickerdike
Timidon Stephen Tickell


Sound & Lighting     David Ames
Set Design Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Set Construction the Company
Costumes Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Video recording Jonathan Bickerdike

Front of House
and make-up

John Bryant, Sally Coleman, Alison Cooper, Kate Cottrell, Jane Flanders,
Fiona Garner, Selena Hegarty, Linda King, Jane Sillett, Ann Staddon,
Sheila Staples, Shirley Trower, Neil Williams

Rehearsal photos by Mick Mercer and Lynda Barrett-Mercer


The 39 Steps

Performances 17-19th May 2018

Directors: Julie Bickerdike & Diane Mayall
Sound & Lighting: David Ames

A comedy thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film and original John Buchan novel. All the elements of the film - romance, murder, a manhunt and even the Forth rail bridge are brought to the small stage. Follow fearless Richard Hannay from 1930s London to Scotland and back, on the run from police and German spies

Richard Hannay Julian Warner-Edney
Pamela Tracey Hulf
Annabella Linda Slater
Policeman, Heavy
and other parts
David Longes
Policeman, Heavy
and other parts
Stephen Tickell
Compere, salesman
and other parts
Ian Stone
Mr Memory  David Ames
Professor Jordan
and other parts
Neil Mayall
Mrs Higgins
and other parts
Diane Mayall
 Margaret and other parts  Amy Mager

Rehearsal photos