by Jerome K Jerome

Joey Wright - retired bookmaker, a satyr Robert Snell
Christopher Penny - painter, a coward John Woodward
Major Tomkins - retired, a bully Peter Beck
Mrs Tomkins - his wife, a shrew Eileen Snell
Vivian - their daughter, a hussy Frances Yunnie
Jape Samuels - of the City, a rogue Don Edwards
Harry Larkcom - his jackal, a cad Tony Armstrong
Miss Kite - unattached, a painted lady Ruby Carter
Mrs percival de hooley - cousing to Sir george Tweedie, Bart., a snob Susan Armstrong
Stasia - the slavey,a slut Joy Newbold
Mrs Sharpe - landlady, a cheat Vera Newbold
The Third Floor Back - a passer-by Clive Emsley

Producer Myrtle Newbury
Pianoforte Don Cartwright
Stage Manager Derrick Stoneham and helpers
Lighting Jeff Elsom
Props Bill Newbold
Costume Marjorie Stoneham and helpers
Make-up Nan Armitage and helpers
Prompt Pam Sellers
Front of House Charles Spencer, Fred Jackson and helpers
Publicity George Lowther

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29-30th November and 2nd December 1972
Extract from The Bedfordshire Times by N.J.

LEFT to right: Tony Armstrong, John Woodward, Frances Yunnie and
Peter Beck in a scene from the play.

THE chief constable of Bedfordshire and Luton, Mr. Tony Armstrong, raided a whisky cupboard at Priory Methodist Church in Newnham Avenue, Bedford, on Wednesday evening — and then kissed a serving maid for good measure.

Or to be precise Mr. Armstrong, disguised behind a layer of greasepaint, performed these dark deeds on stage while portraying the character Harry Larkcom in the Wesley Players' production of Jerome K. Jerome's The Passing of the Third Floor Back.

The play is set in a Bloomsbury boarding house and shows its age (it's set in 1908) when a character is offered a room for £2 a week.

An arresting

It also shows its age by being a straight morality play with a Christ-like stranger arriving at the boarding house and changing the lodgers from sharp backbiters into too-good-to-be-true types overflowing with piety. In fact Jerome K. Jerome lays it on so thickly that he seems to have written the play pla with a trowel instead of a pen.

One of the best performances came from Ruby Carter as a vain woman who. after meeting the mysterious stranger, predictably abandons her barbed tongue and rouge in favour of a well-scribbed face and embroidery.

Drawing the- laughs of the evening was Don Edwards as the sly businessman who acted his role with fine hand-wringing gusto. His "jackal" was played by Mr. Armstrong.

John Woodward, in real life assistant editor of the Bedford Record and the Bedfordshire Times, exchanged his green eyeshade for an artist's cravat in the role of the penniless painter who finally wins the woman he loves. And suitably awesome was Clive Emsley as the stranger.

The play had the last of its three performances on Saturday.

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