Memories are Made of This
A compilation of our 40's and 50's programmes was performed at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing, the Phoenix theatre in Bordon and the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne.
The Black Crusader
What an amusing and light hearted play! It was a delight to see such a refreshingly comic piece of theatre. The plot by Crawley writer Les Hull was simple and easy to follow. A divorced, unemployed father of an 18 year old son who on his 18th birthday decides he wants to live with his father. His father wants to play super hero and involves his son. He goes in aid of a female reporter who had been attacked in a park.
Dressed as The Black Crusader with his son attired as a kestrel, the super hero and son descend upon the news reporter at her home only to find that the park attacker is also there, complete with gun. Of course, the suoer hero saves the day. Fred Weir as the son, looked older than 18 and would have made an excellent double for Rodney in "Only Fools & Horses".
The set was marvellous and comprised a pastiche of comic books - which is sybolic of the mind of our hero and where, no doubt, he found his inspiration. The whole play was ably directed by Nelson.E.Ward who also played Terry -The Black Crusader.
As we left the theatre it was raining heavily and one husband dashed out to get his chariot to collect his wife. She turned to me and referred to him as her Black Crusader. A fantasy common to us all!
Review by ND
KEEP SMILING THROUGH
Performed at the Pavilion theatre in Brighton
The Hove Town Hall for The Brighton Festival
A marquee at the D-Day museum in Portsmouth & the St Vincent theatre in Gosport.
A superb piece of theatre - The Stage
It brought a piece of our heritage to life - Brighton Argus
A truly amazing sight to see over a 1000 war veterans from all over the world actively reminiscing part of their lives and the Nation's history - Portsmouth News
Max Miller made a triumphant return to Brighton courtesy of Vanguard Productions. The play has Max in reflective mood as he looks back on 40 years in show business . An excellent cast, most of whom play more than one role. It was a rare opportunity to see why Max is still a legend more than 45 years after his death. The admiring quality of his work which did not need to resort to vulgar or overt swear words to make his audience laugh. - Max Miller Appreciation Society.
Nelson E Ward was a tour-de-force as Max combining scenes of pathos and humilty to the re-enactment of some of Max's famous shows. Ably supported by an excellent cast with Amaryllis Crooke giving an intelligent portrayal of his wife Kathie. -The Argus
Recommendations from venues in residential and day care settings
"Very professional, 10 out of 10." St Austell
"An excellent afternoon's entertainment." Farehaven Lodge
"It brought real theatre to our home"
"First class show" St Anne's Centre
"It was the best afternoon we've had in ages including the carers" Knoll House
"Thank you so much, it made me forget the pain" - elderly lady at Hollywynd Nursing Home
"I would have no hesitation in recommending this company" Dovecote View
"I was impressed by the enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication of the whole company" Peter Chegwin (Hampshire C.C.)
"The residents can't wait for the next time" Place Farm House
"Wonderfully done" Hollywynd
"Just excellent" St David's
"Please come again" Hollenden House
"Audience participation was great!" Farrsfield
"Greatly appreciated" Age Concern Hampshire
"Just wonderfu!" Parkgate Manor