St. Stephen’s Young Peoples Church presented a concert in St. Stephen’s
Church Hall, West Ealing on Saturday evening.
The programme comprised song and dance items and three sketches,
including ‘Black Night’, a story by John Bourne,
of the days immediately after the Bolsheviks had taken over control
in Moscow. This sketch was notable for the ability with which the
various members of the cast played their parts. The story was about
a Russian railway worker and his family who, by the bloodshed that
the new regime had brought with it, decided to cross the frontier
into the newly-liberated Poland, taking a refugee countess with
them. At the last moment, however, their eldest daughter betrays
the whereabouts of the countess to the Red agent, and the younger
daughter gives her life to save her new friend.
Miss Joan Ferris, who produced the concert, took
the part of Olga, the elder daughter, and she gave a very fine performance,
especially in an emotional scene at the end when she learnt that
she had been the indirect cause of her sister’s death. Mr.
Colin Gilder, as the homicidal Red agent, was also outstanding.
Other members of the cast were Miss Barbara Blackman,
who later proved her versatility by singing and dancing, Honor
Blackman , Kenneth Symonds, Alan
Tooke and Joan Gorard, who was well cast
as the countess.
The other two sketches were “The Luxury Bus,” a skit on the cosmopolitan
nature of travel in London, and “It’s Quicker to Telephone,” a comedy
by Ian Hay.
One of the most popular of the other items was an interlude on
the trap drums by Kenneth Blackman, who was accompanied
at the piano by his sister, Barbara.
John Gostling and Gordon Naish
caused quite a lot of amusement as cross-talk comedians between
the various items. It was announced that the profits from the show
would be divided between the Ealing Hospital, to which the Young
Peoples Church gave £10 every year, and St. Stephen’s Church funds.
Miss Ferris who was presented with a bouquet,
thanked those who had helped to make the play a success.