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Sunday, 17 July 2011

MIDDLEWICH YOUTH THEATRE 1973




Today, to prove that there is nothing new under the sun, we bring you MIDDLEWICH YOUTH THEATRE - 1973 style. The MYT was founded by myself and Sheila Page, sister of Geoff Page of Round Table fame, and, for the 1973 Carnival we put together a float (in reality Mike Tully's lorry) with the theme 'Julius Caesar' We were up all night making the banners (we were young, and could do this in those days without feeling like warmed over death the next morning). Our Caesar was Fiona Williams, daughter of Trevor (who ran a delicatessen in the town) with the traditional bed sheet for a toga, fake blood and a plastic dagger. Fiona is the girl in the yellow jumper at the rear of the lorry, and next to her is Sheila page. We assassinated Fiona several times during the procession for the benefit of the crowds. Our picture also shows Geoff Page, Sheila's brother, seen here making a dramatic theatrical gesture.

The MYT never really took off, although we did enlist the aid and patronage of some wonderful people, including Mr and Mrs Millington who lived in teh large house at the bottom of Hannah's Walk.
Mrs M had been an actress and musical comedy star in her day, and had been a memer of the BBC Repertory Company in Manchester. Mr M was Dennis Thatcher to her Margaret. They were a delightful couple.

The whole venture was inspired by my membership, while still at school, of the renowned St Michael's Players. As you might guess, my main involvement was with lighting, sound effects and music.

The photograph was taken, by the way, in Darlington Street, in the yard more recently used by the late Johnny McAlinden for his vintage vehicle restoration business. Now the area is part of what has become known as the 'Tesco land' and may well soon be part of a housing development.

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