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Half a Sixpence

Half a Sixpence
Book by Beverley Cross, music and lyrics by David Heneker
From the novel “KIPPS” by H.G. Wells
Directed by Colin Burring
9 – 14 July 2001

Half a Sixpence is essentially a love story about Kipps, an orphan apprentice, and his childhood sweetheart, Ann. But the path of love does not run smoothly. Kipps comes into an unexpected fortune which goes to his head as he tries to move into a higher social circle. He returns to his roots with a happy ending!


Arthur Kipps – Daley Chaston
Sid Pornick – Michael Bate
Buggins – Mark Woodham
Pearce – Ian Humphreys
Flo – Nicky Bate
Victoria – Jacqui Fenton
Kate – Jenny Brookes
Emma – Emma Holland
Mr Shalford – Roger Butler
Carshot – Graham Frosdick
Mrs Botting – Audrey Christianson
Mrs Walsingham – Carol Butler
Ann Pornick – Holly Jarman
Chitterlow – Tony Bate
Laura, a barmaid – Pauline Ellard
Helen Walsingham – Jenny Tallowin
Edith, a student – Jeni Freeman
Fred, a student – Simon Dinsmore
William Walsingham – Steve Hunt
The Photographer – Graham Frosdick
A Reporter – Ian Macdonald
Another Reporter – Eric MacKenzie
Gwendolin, a parlourmaid – Susy Pearce
The Vicar – Brian White
A Schoolgirl – Ruth McClean
The Mystery Man – Keith Jarman
Mature Big Game Hunter – Reg Higley
School Mistress – Margaret Ball
Buggin’s Auntie – Molly Graham


Musical Director – Alan Thompson
Choreographer – Stella Jarman
Keyboard – Sarah Freestone
Percussion – Lee Adams
Stage Manager – Roger Hodge
Crew – Mick Holland, Len Huntley, Neil Langley, Polly Owen, Bill Brookes, Matt Hawes, Ian Giles
Continuity – Margaret Penny
Wardrobe – Margaret Ball, Molly Graham
Lighting – Alan Hunt, Pam Hunt
Sound – Simon Dinsmore
Props – Elsie Bate, Nicky Jones, Lin Holland, Mavis Richard, Hazel Watts, Jean Dent
Set Design – Roger Hodge, Colin Burring