Let’s do the show right here!
The handsome male line up in full song
In the period just after the war the only
entertainment available to most people was the
‘wireless’. But in Blackham we were fortunate to
have Mrs Moth, an accomplished pianist and
enthusiastic stager of shows.
Mrs Moth created many shows which included
singing, dancing, comedy sketches, monologues
and any other skill a local performer could bring to
the stage of the village hall to entertain fellow
Big chorus numbers were a bit tricky on the tiny
village hall stage and the ‘dressing rooms’ (the
doctor’s surgery) were a bit cramped, but the
shows went down well and eventually some of
them were taken to neighbouring villages like
We would love to have your memories of these
shows either as a cast member or in the audience.
Since this page was first created with two rather grainy photos of a show called Boomps-A-Daisy culled
from the Kent & Sussex Courier, Michael Gibbons, whose family lived at Colestock Crossroads, has been
in touch with two photographic prints.
We have been able to identify some of the people in the cast photo (above), can you fill in the blanks.
Back row: Paul Crowhurst, unknown, Janet Osmond, John King, Tony Gibbons, Mrs Moth, John
Hopkins, Pam Moth, Billy Mitchell, unknown.
Front row: Sam Coomber, Susan King, unknown, Gillian Baugh, Geraldine Bashford, Jim Moth.
Blackham’s ‘Tiller Girls’ with on the back left May Crowhurst, who for some reason
wasn’t in the complete cast photo but was one of the leading singers in the shows