Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Cast & Crew
Theseus David Sturman
Egeus Ken Gray
Lysander Bryan Hall
Demetrius David Evans
Quince Neville Manning
Snug Ken York
Bottom Maurice Dunmore
Flute Philip Lane
Snout Horace Smith
Starveling John Hendy
Hippolyta Doreen Chapman
Hermia Lesley Joseph
Helena Jane Green
Oberon Evan Roberts or Vincent Crowley
Titania Jacque Thompson
Puck Barry Hillman
A Fairy Vivienne Sharpe
Tree Fairies Sandra Presland, Sarah Harries, Vicki Marriott
A dog Tubby
Producer Paulina Brandt
Stage Managers Sheila Southern, David Eddolis
Assistant Stage Managers Barbara Cater, Gloria Jaffa, Anne Richards
Set Designers Dorothy Cummings, Paolo Serra
Lighting and Sound Tony Matthews, Ian Rolfe
Costumes Alison Dunmore
Glove Puppets Audrey Evans
Carpenter Stephen Barber
Music selected by Derek Stirland
Music played by The Northampton Recorder Consort
Singer Olive Howard
Business Manager Horace Smith
Lesley Joseph as Hermia and Bryan Hall as Lysander.
Production No. 118
LESLEY JOSEPH AT MASQUE
Extract from a BBC interview, April 2008
Birds of a Feather - which ran for nine years - propelled Lesley Joseph into the national consciousness.
"You're catapulted up a ladder into being invited to places you would never normally be invited to," she says. "I was GMTV glamour correspondent for three years; I travelled the world for Wish You Were Here; I did quiz shows; I did game shows; I did radio plays; I opened supermarkets..."
Lesley's enthusiasm for acting began during her childhood in Northampton. Although born in London's Finsbury Park in 1946, she lived in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, from the age of two and a half until she was 18.
The former pupil of the Northampton School for Girls frequently returns to the town to visit her mother. She's also patron of the Royal and Derngate and recipient of an honorary degree from Northampton University.
Lesley is also president of the Northampton amateur dramatic group Masque Theatre. During her school days, Lesley acted in two plays with Masque: The First Born by Christopher Fry and an open-air production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream performed in Abington Park.
She still attends some Masque social events and play readings and she speaks affectionately about members she used to perform with: Bryan Hall, Barry Hillman ("he's a great character") and Alison Dunmore ("the most gorgeous, gracious lady").
"Nothing influenced me [to become an actress]" says Lesley. "Since the age of four, that was what I was going to do.
"From the age of six or seven, I went to elocution classes; I did all the LAMDA [London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art] exams; I did all the school plays."
Am-dram was something she just did. "I wanted to act... if I'd have been in London I'd probably have gone to stage school."
After 'O' Levels and 'A' Levels she left the town to go to drama school.
"I had a good career [as an actress], thank you very much, and then Dorian came along."
25 June - 4 July 1964
In the open air in the Courtyard, Abington Park Museum, Northampton
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