In 1993, upon seeing the Parish Hall in Aldermaston for the first time, our producer had this mad urge to put on an Old Time Music Hall in the style of the Good Old Days ... and in February 1996 Aldermaston Players once again trod the boards... hoo-ra, hoo-ra!
The Parish Hall, built in 1897 has many of the characteristics of an original music hall: long & narrow, a small stage and galleried balcony and so was ideal for this venture.
Gathering together troops: his then wife, Sally; Chris & Jean Chapman; Cynthia Newman; the Hall Management Committee; Tony Green plus colleagues from The Sainsbury Singers; our producer, Chris Boott set about organising the material and the evening.
The format: Dinner/Theatre
Half the key to success for the evening lay in the kitchen with Jean Chapman and her team. Jean was up for the job and very quickly put together a menu and table layout to complement the entertainment. Even going as far as elaborately naming the menu ... just like Leonard Sax (the BBC’s Good Old Days chairman who relished reeling rumbumptious rhetoric regarding the next recitals upon the stage!)