Half a Sixpence – October 1971

Half a Sixpence – 18th to 23rd October 1971.

William Aston Hall, Wrexham.




By arrangement with CHAPPELL & CO. LTD

Based on the Novel “KIPPS” by H. G. Wells

Music and Lyrics by: – DAVID HENEKER


The William Aston Hall, Wrexham 18th to 23rd October 1971

Produced and Directed by MAY RILEY.

Chairman’s Notes

Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to “Half a Sixpence”. Our first show after decimalisation just had to have a monetary flavour and so, nostalgically perhaps, our show concerns the old ‘tanner’. This is the Society’s 31st production and this is something of which we can be justly proud. During these years we have staged a variety of productions, from Gilbert and Sullivan to the latest modern musical. Costs soar each year and yet through the hard endeavour of our members and with your patronage we somehow manage to carry on. Today our membership is stronger than ever and they enjoy working hard in all sections of production. During this week members of the Society will be presented with N.O.D.A. awards for ten and twenty-five years membership, and performing alongside them will be young ladies quite as enthusiastic about their show.

We congratulate them all, and if you feel like joining us in any capacity, why not come and see us in the Society’s headquarters at 62a Regent Street? I feel it a great honour to be this year’s Chairman and wish to thank all members and patrons for their continued support. To you the audience we as a Society must give our thanks because without you our work would be in vain. The finished product is before you and I sincerely hope that you enjoy our show as much as we enjoy putting it on.

ELWYN DODD. Chairman

THE CAST – in order of appearance: –

ARTHUR KIPPS – An apprentice shop man – Neil Williams

SID PORNICK – Also an apprentice – David Jones

BUGGINS – Another apprentice – Dennis Capper

PEARCE – The fourth apprentice – Anthony Harper

FLO BATES – A shop girl – Pat Jones

VICTORIA – A shop girl – Glenys Dodd

KATE – A shop girl – Dorothy Davies

EMMA – A shop girl – Kay Parrett

Mr. SHALFORD – The owner of the Emporium – Harold Riley

CARSHOT – His head floor-walker – Alec Blythen

Mrs. BOTTING – A customer – Marie Williams

Mrs. WALSINGHAM – Mother of Helen – Nell Guy

ANN PORNICK – Sid’s sister – Christine Dawber

CHITTERLOW – An actor playwright – Elwyn Dodd

LAURA – A barmaid – Wendy Griffiths

HELEN WALSINGHAM – An enlightened young lady – Audrey Rhodes

EDITH – A student – Shirley Bithell

YOUTH – A student – Ian Evans

YOUNG WALSINGHAM – Helen’s brother – Bryn Lloyd Jones

A PHOTOGRAPHER – Of “The Folkestone Gazette” – Harold Jones

REPORTER – Of “The Folkestone Gazette” – Rex Hester

GWENDOLIN – A parlourmaid – June Wilson


Shirley Bithell, Moira Brookfield, Robina Crawford, Brenda Hughes, Gwen Hillman, Gaynor Jones, Margaret Jones, Nell Jones, Hilary Morris, Jean Ould, Lynne Rogers, Vi Scott, Carys Williams, Ceri Williams, Barbara Willoughby, Dilys Wilson, Janet Smith, Linda Smith, Jane Yeo. Ben Davies, Stan Davies, Ian Evans, Brian Evans, Ken Farmer, Eddie Hughes, Rex Hoster, Harold Jones, John Lloyd, Eric Rogers, Cliff Smith.


Julie Blore, Michelle Davies, Caryn Dodd, Lynne Hughes, Ruth Jones, Glenys Jones, Heather Jones, Denise Jones, Fay Lewis, Kim Willoughby.


Alison Cowap, Elaine Cowap, Sian Davies, Joyce Hughes, Wendy Griffiths, Beryl Jones, June Wilson. Noel Davies and David Humphreys.


Scene 1 – Mr. Shalford’s Emporium

Scene 2 – The Promenade

Scene 3 – The Emporium Scene 4 – The Street

Scene 5 – The Bar of “The Hope and Anchor”

Scene 6 – The Street

Scene 7 – The Classroom

Scene 8 – The Emporium

Scene 9 – The Promenade

Scene 10 – The Old Lighthouse

Scene 11 – The Old Military Canal – Regatta


Scene 1 – The Promenade

Scene 2 – Mrs. Botting’s Solarium

Scene 3 – The Basement Kitchen

Scene 4 – The Photographer’s Studio

Scene 5 – The Rented House

Scene 6 – The Promenade

Scene 7 – The Building Site

Scene 8 – The Promenade

Scene 9 – The Bookshop – a year later

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