AS summer arrives, the Wick Theatre Company presents its new show,
AS summer arrives, the Wick Theatre Company presents its new show, Hi-De-Hi, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and directed by Ben Cassan.
The award-winning series was based on the real-life experiences of Perry, who worked as a Redcoat at Butlin’s Pwllheli after being demobilised from the Army.
This stage version has been formed from material by the orginal creators, Paul Carpenter and Ian Gower. Hi-De-Hi was first seen in the West End in 1984 and also as a series on the BBC.
The show begins at the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin declares he will be setting up a holiday camp in the Bahamas. He needs female yellowcoats to go along for the ride and work there. The annual Miss Yellowcoat competition is set to decide which girl will go. Rivalry is fierce between the girls, but Sylvia and Gladys are joint forerunners to win the coveted yellow sash. Meanwhile camp cleaner, Peggy, is overjoyed at the prospect of a new yellowcoat and persuades entertainments manager Jeffrey she is perfect for the job. Ted tries out a string of money-making ploys when his ex-wife turns up at the camp with a bailiff. One late evening when Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves overhear Gladys escorting Jeffrey into his chalet, they start a chain of whispers around the camp.
The cast had a wind-swept press photoshoot at Worthing Lido. However, the spot was ideal for pictures, with the circular stage, rides and seaside setting.
Hi-De-Hi is Wick Theatre Company’s entry in the Adur Arts Council Festival. The cast includes Guy Steddon, John Garland, Richard Bulling, Anna Quick, Judith Berrill, Zoey Attree, Isi Fink, Bob Ryder, Tegan Rose, Will Macdonald, Louise Yeo, Rhiannon Wheelan and many members old and new.
Hi-De-Hi runs from June 12-15, starting at 7.45pm at The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre. Tickets £11 though there is limited seating. Visit www.wicktheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01273 597094.