. PIM PASSES BY
(A number of times)
And devastates the calm and ordered life of Olivia
and George Marden by telling them of his recent
shipboard acquaintanceship with an Australian rogue,
a man immediately recognisable to Olivia as 'someone
from her past'. The ensuing confusion, complicated
by the romance of their niece Dinah, all makes for
a delightfully amusing and emotional story, set
in the nostalgic 1920's.
A play, in three acts, set in the morning room of
Marden House, Buckinghamshire, home of George Marden,
J.P., and his wife Olivia. It is the month of July.
PIM just happed (sic) to pass by last Thursday and
caused an evening of fun and confusion at Priory
Methodist Church, Bedford. He may have had the smallest
part in the Wesley Players' performance of an A.
A. Milne comedy but his was the most influential.
Beck was suitably nervous and apologetic as Mr Pim
and ensured the show was a success. Mr Pim Passes
By was the right choice for a limited amateur group
like the Wesley Players.
The rest of the cast capitalised on the groundwork
laid by the bumbling, infuriating Mr Pim. They had
sufficient talent to provide an evening of light-hearted,
The whimsical relationship between George and Olivia
Marden took many twists and turns as Mr Pim occasionally
drifted in giving news of Olivia's first husband,
the dastardly Tellworthy.
Russ Hemming. as the stubborn George, and Iva Barr,
as the sentimental Oivia, radiated humour and pathos.
They stumbled over their linesv occasionally but
after all, it was the opening night.
were surpassed by the younger lovers, the brassy
Dinah Marden and the smug Brian. Stange. Clive Argent's
cherubic smile was ideal for the part, and Sue Barker
did well in creating a wild, passionate manner.
things went wrong. The curtain was erratic and at
one point obscured the prim and proper Lady Marden
before she had a chance to get on to the stage. While
drinking my coffee in the interval, I could not help
wondering why she had been, so treated Was she such
an ogre, that such drastic censorship had to be made?
am glad she appeared in the second act, for Vera Newbold
deserved a chance to show' she could act as a battle-axe.
There was plenty to be amused by, but I must confess
I was also greatly amused by the reactions of the
audience which was sadly meagre. Older ones tittered
avidly whenever the lovers- indulged in a kiss. Still,
I suppose that is part of the fun of amateur theatre
— to see your friends on stage in rather unusual,
Special mention must be given of Hugo Newbury, John
Foulkes and Bill Newbold, who designed such an intricate
set. The play was produced by Myrtle Newbury