Grand Olde Tyme at Memorial Hall

The Olde Tyme Players Theatre Company with Rotarians Stuart Earl, Dave Ballard and Ken Driscoll.
The Olde Tyme Players Theatre Company with Rotarians Stuart Earl, Dave Ballard and Ken Driscoll.

MUSIC and laughter filled Battle Memorial Hall as a large audience was entertained by the Olde Tyme Players Theatre Company from New Milton in Hampshire.

This group of professional performers were persuaded to bring their talents to Battle in support of a fundraising initiative by the Rotary Clubs of Battle and Senlac. Benefiting from the event will be children from the local area who are also carers and, working with a charity called Hope and Homes, children in Romania who have spent years in institutions who need the chance to have a home of their own.

The local children will experience a weekend break on an historic Thames sailing barge.

The evening was a typical mix of the ‘Good Old Days’ Music Hall with the audience singing along to such familiar tunes as My Old Dutch, Down at the Old Bull and Bush, and You Made Me Love You, all accompanied by patriotic flag waving.

Much of the humour came from characters telling the audience about the delights of living in the fictitious village of Thicker Dicker, not least the Vicar of Thicker Dicker who recited tales of a holiday on the Greek Island of Kos with the expected puns about lettuces and little gems.

The misdeeds of villagers were wittily reported by PC Preposterous and the pub landlord had a string of stories to amuse customers at any hostelry, (most of which cannot be repeated here).

Add to this the brilliant impressions of Max Wall, Al Jolson and Max Miller and it is not surprising that the audience enjoyed a cornucopia of comical conviviality and camaraderie.

Bringing the evening to a conclusion, Rotary District Governor Lynn Mitchell thanked all those attending for supporting such a deserving cause.

The Players were pleased with the superb reaction and say they hope to return in the not too distant future.