Past Productions

Red entries indicate shows whose dates I have no idea of, and may even be filed in the wrong year. Brown entries are those for which I would like confirmation of dates. If you can help, please do!

Mystery Play!

I found a mystery programme without a date, title or author (honestly!) but which appears, from style and adverts, to be from the early to mid ’80s. The play was produced by Kathleen Moore and was performed in the Town Hall. The cast included Bill Kenny, Ruth McKinley, Rosemary Mornin, Eleanor Beattie and Terry McAlinden as well as Kathleen herself. It was set in a suburban living room over three days. The address of the house is memorable — 29 Woodbine Avenue. The names of the characters suggest three English couples and two others. Anyone with info about this play please contact me…

Andrew.

1960s

1964
The Ingrate (one act) Portadown Drama Festival (Mar)
1965
Cock-a-Doodle-Doo by Wilson Barnes Gateway Theatre (26-? Feb, 10,12 Mar)
Lights Out by Walter Hudd (one act) Portadown Drama Festival (30 Mar)
Wanted: One Body by Raymond Dyer Gateway Theatre (24 Sep – 13 Oct)
1966
Friends and Neighbours by Austin Steele Gateway Theatre (Mar)
Tandragee JHS (28 Mar)
Dragons in the Caves (one act) Portadown Drama Festival
Love’s a Luxury by Guy Paxton and Edward V Hoile Gateway Theatre (May)
Make it Murder by Jack Last Gateway Theatre (Sep)
Flat Spin by Derek S Royle Gateway Theatre (Nov)
1967
Honey Pot by Helen and Edward V Hoile Gateway Theatre (13-19 Feb)
Wanted: One Body by Raymond Dyer Portadown Drama Festival (8 Mar)
Pool’s Paradise by Philip King Gateway Theatre (25-30 Sep)
Murder at Quay Cottage Gateway Theatre (21-25 Nov)
Portadown Drama Festival (1968)
Variety Show (1st xmas show) Gateway Theatre (Dec)
1968
Love in a Mist by Kenneth Horne Gateway Theatre (20-24 Feb)
Aghalee Parochial Hall
Figure of Fun by Andre Roussin adapted by Arthur MacRae Gateway Theatre (May)
See How They Run by Philip King Gateway Theatre (Sep?)
The Big Long Bender by Stewart Love Gateway Theatre (26-30 Nov)
Portadown Drama Festival (Mar 1969?)
1969
The Whip Hand by B G MacCarthy Gateway Theatre (Apr)
All for Mary by Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug?) first Portrush show
Gateway Theatre (30 Sep – 4 Oct)
Mind Your Own Business by James Pattinson Gateway Theatre (Dec?)

1970s

1970
The Randy Dandy by Stewart Love Portadown Drama Festival
Gateway Theatre (Feb)
The Poker Session by Hugh Leonard Gateway Theatre (Oct?)
I’ll Get My Man by Philip King Gateway Theatre (Dec?)
1971
Come Blow Your Horn Gateway Theatre (8-12 Jun)
Big Bad Mouse by Philip King and Falkland L Cary Gateway Theatre (Oct?)
Unhand Me Squire, or
Much Ado About Sweet Fanny Adams
by Richard Tydeman
Gateway Theatre (Dec)
1972
As Black as She’s Painted by Philip King Gateway Theatre (19-24 Feb)
Lights Out by Walter Hudd (one act) Portadown Drama Festival ?
Beside the Seaside by Leslie Sands Gateway Theatre
Seaside Holiday ??? Gateway Theatre
Crystal Clear by Falkland L Cary and Philip King ???????
1973
Cat on the Fiddle Gateway Theatre
Fish out of Water by Derek Benfield Gateway Theatre
Boyd’s Shop by St. John Irvine Portadown Town Hall (12 Sep)
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward Gateway Theatre
1974
Three Young Ladies in a Temper ?????
The Rats by Agatha Christie ??????
Pool’s Paradise by Philip King Gateway Theatre ? (Sep? or 1975?)
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring (Dec?)
Portadown Drama Festival (14 Mar 1975)
1975
They Got What They Wanted by Louis D’Alton Gateway Theatre (24 Feb – 1 Mar)
Ladies in Retirement
by Edward Percy & Reginald Denham
Gateway Theatre (3-7 Jun)
Brownlow Festival (26 Jun)
Married Bliss by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (7-13 Aug)
Gateway Theatre (4 Oct)
When We Are Married by J B Priestley Gateway Theatre (4-13 Dec)
1976
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Gateway Theatre (2-6 Mar)
Portadown Drama Festival (12 Mar)
Newry Drama Festival
Mid-Ulster Drama Festival
Strictly for the Birds by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug?)
Portadown Town Hall (25 Sep)
The Holly and the Ivy by Wynyard Browne Gateway Theatre (1-11 Dec)
1977
Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross Gateway Theatre (22-26 Feb)
Portadown Town Hall ? (4,5 Mar)
Portadown Drama Festival (9 Mar)
Mid-Ulster Drama Festival
Newry Drama Festival
Tandragee JHS (19 May)
Ulster Drama Finals, Ballymena (20 May)
Milk and Honey by Philip King Gateway Theatre (10-14 May)
Don’t Tell the Wife by Sam Cree Shimna Hall, Newcastle (31 Jun – 6 July)
Portrush Summer Theatre (4-10 Aug)
Warrenpoint Town Hall (18,19 Aug)
Portadown Town Hall (23,24 Sep)
Moodie in Manitoba by George Shiels Gateway Theatre (29 Nov – 10 Dec)
1978
Lucky for Some by John Dole Gateway Theatre
All My Sons by Arthur Miller Portadown Technical College (3,4 Mar)
Portadown Drama Festival (29 Mar)
The Love Nest by Sam Cree Gateway Theatre (Sep?)
Group Theatre, Belfast (18-23 Dec)
All the King’s Horses by John McDonnell Gateway Theatre (6-16 Dec)
1979
Miranda by Peter Blackmore (????)
Widow’s Paradise by Sam Cree Gateway Theatre (????????)
Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman Gateway Theatre (26-31 Mar)
Sink or Slim by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre ? (Aug)
Gateway Theatre ? (Sep)
Doctor in the House by Richard Gordon adapted by Ted Willis Gateway Theatre (12-22 Dec)

1980s

1980
Fallen Angels Gateway Theatre
Darling Mr. London by Anthony Marriott and Bob Grant Gateway Theatre ? (11-13 Sep)
Portrush Summer Theatre ? (Aug ?)
When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Ruddick Millar (Junior Group) Gateway Theatre (29 Oct – 1 Nov)
1981
Professor Tim by George Shiels Gateway Theatre (19-23 May)
Portrush Summer Theatre (6-12 Aug)
Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen ???? (29-31 Oct)
1982
Right Again, Barnum! by Joseph Tomelty Gateway Theatre ?
The New Gossoon by George Shiels Gateway Theatre (7-18 Dec)
1983
1984
1st Panto – Aladdin Portadown Town Hall (12-21 Jan)
Beside the Seaside by Leslie Sands Gateway Theatre (30 Mar – 7 Apr)
Widow’s Paradise by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug?)
Portadown Town Hall ?
1985
2nd Panto – Sinbad the Sailor Portadown Town Hall (10-19 Jan)
How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall ?
1986
3rd Panto – Babes in the Wood Portadown Town Hall (9-18 Jan)
Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre ?
Portadown Town Hall ?
Basinful of the Briny by Leslie Sands Portadown Town Hall (3,4 Oct)
1987
4th Panto – Sleeping Beauty Portadown Town Hall (8-17 Jan)
Separate Beds by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre
Portadown Town Hall (11,12 Sep)
1988
5th Panto – Robinson Crusoe Portadown Town Hall (7-16 Jan)
The Patrick Pearse Motel by Hugh Leonard Portadown Town Hall (13,14 May)
Friends and Neighbours by Austin Steele Portrush Summer Theatre
Portadown Town Hall
1989
6th Panto – Cinderella by John Morley Portadown Town Hall (5-14 Jan)
Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall (12,13 May)
Lucky for Some by John Dole Portrush Summer Theatre
Portadown Town Hall (13,14 Oct)

1990s

1990
7th Panto – Jack and the Beanstalk by John Morley Craigavon Civic Centre (11-20 Jan)
Virtue Triumphant, or Her Honour in Peril Craigavon Civic Centre (11,12 May)
Stop it Nurse! by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Craigavon Civic Centre
1991
8th Panto – Aladdin by John Morley Craigavon Civic Centre (Jan)
Play On by Rick Abbott Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Elementary My Dear Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Sep)
1992
9th Panto – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (9-25 Jan)
Sink or Slim by Sam Cree Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen
Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Friends and Relations by St. John Irvine Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct?)
Christmas Party Portadown Town Hall Theatre (11,12 Dec)
1993
10th Panto – Sinbad The Sailor by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Wanted: One Body by Raymond Dyer Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen
Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Old Time Music Hall Portadown Town Hall Theatre (18 Dec)
1994
11th Panto – Dick Whittington by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (13-29 Jan)
Roadshow – Comedy Revue various
Strictly for the Birds by Sam Cree Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Doctor in the House by Richard Gordon adapted by Ted Willis Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Sep)
Victorian Evening Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
1995
12th Panto – Cinderella by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (12-28 Jan)
How He Lied to Her Husband One Act Festivals
Gateway Rehearsal Rooms (Private Showing) (2 Dec)
Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall Theatre (3,4 Mar)
Basinful of the Briny by Leslie Sands Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (6,7 Oct)
Victorian Music Hall Portadown Town Hall Theatre (16 Dec)
1996
13th Panto – Jack and the Beanstalk by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (11-27 Jan)
Fluff One Act Festivals
Lurgan Town Hall
Craigavon Civic Centre (private showing)
All the King’s Horses by John McDonnell Portrush Summer Theatre (15-21 Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Sep)
Old Time Music Hall Portadown Town Hall Theatre (13,14 Dec)
1997
14th Panto – Robinson Crusoe by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Out of Sight, Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael Portadown Town Hall Theatre (4-5 Apr)
Married Bliss by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (21-27 Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Sep)
1998
15th Panto – Goldilocks and the 3 Bears by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Mystery at Greenacres by JB Priestley Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Stop it Nurse! by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Sep)
1999
16th Panto – Aladdin by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Separate Beds by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Ballyearl Arts Centre, Newtownabbey (Sep)
Loughry Agricultural College, Cookstown (Sep)
Newtownhamilton High School (9 Oct)
Comber Leisure Centre
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
Three Hisses for Villiany; A selection of melodramas Portadown Town Hall Theatre (16-18 Dec)

Some of the cast of 'Cuckoo' by Emlyn Williams.

2000s

2000
17th Panto – Mother Goose by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Lucky for Some by John Dole Portrush Summer Theatre (July)
Ballyearl Arts Centre, Newtownabbey (Sep)
Loughry Agricultural College, Cookstown (Sep)
Newtownhamilton High School (Sep)
Comber Leisure Centre (Sep)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
2001
18th Panto – Sleeping Beauty by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Just Between Ourselves by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Apr)
 Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Annaghmore Church Hall, Portadown (Sep)
Loughry Agricultural College, Cookstown (Sep)
Newtownhamilton High School (Sep)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
 Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
2002
 19th Panto – Dick Whittington by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Widow’s Paradise by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Loughry Agricultural College, Cookstown (Sep)
Newtownhamilton High School (Sep)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
2003
20th Panto – Babes in the Wood by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Don’t Utter a Note by Anton Delmar Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Apr)
Our Day Out by Willie Russell (Junior Group) Portadown Town Hall Theatre (14 Jun)
Strictly for the Birds by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Edenderry Methodist Church (Sep)
Tandragee Golf Club (Cancer Research) (Sep)
St. Columba’s Church Hall (Sep)
Loughry College, Cookstown (Oct)
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
Variety Show (Juniors) Millennium Court, Portadown (Dec)
Bedside Manners by Derek Benfield Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
2004
21st Panto – Cinderella by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Married Bliss by Sam Cree LaGrange, Georgia (Apr)
Portadown Town Hall (10th Apr)
Basinful of the Briny by Leslie Sands Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Touring venues
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
Let It Be Me by Carey Jane Hardy Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
2005
22nd Panto – Sinbad the Sailor by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
I’ll Get My Man by Philip King Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Love and Land by Lynn C Doyle Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Touring venues
Portadown Town Hall Theatre
Pull the Other One by Norman Robbins Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
2006
23rd Panto – Mother Goose by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Apr)
Sink or Slimby Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Touring venues
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon Portadown Town Hall Theatre (8-9 Dec)
2007
24th Panto – Jack & The Beanstalk by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Apr)
Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Touring venues
Portadown Town Hall (Oct)

Daphne and Grandad from Cupid Wore Skirts


Ronnie seeks help with his knitting pattern in Cupid wore Skirts
 Good Things by Liz Lochhead Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec)
2008
 25th Panto – Goldilocks & The Three Bears    by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Separate Beds by Sam Cree Portrush Summer Theatre (Aug)
Touring venues
Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Oct)
 Plaza Suite by Neil Simon Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec 11, 12, 13)

2009

26th Panto – Robinson Crusoe by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Cuckoo by Emlyn Williams Portadown Town Hall Theatre (April 17 & 18)
 Holiday Snap by Michael Pertwee & John  Chapman Portrush Summer Theatre (August 5th-8th)
Touring venues.
Portadown Town Hall(October 23rd & 24th)
 Scarlet Hood (Juniors)
Portadown Town Hall
 Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward Portadown Town Hall (Dec 11th-12th)
2010
 27th Panto Sleeping Beauty by Norman Robbins Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington Portadown Town Hall Theatre (May 14th/15th)
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen (18th/19th June)
 Stop it Nurse by Sam Cree Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Dec 10th/11th)
2011
 28th Panto Aladdin by Norman Robbins Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Jan)
 Widows’ Paradise by Sam Cree  Portrush Summer Theatre  (3rd – 6th August)
 Touring Venues
 Portadown Town Hall (28th & 29th October)
‘Goldilockpick and the Little Red Riding Hoodlum’ by Todd Barty (Junior Group)
 Portadown Town Hall (19th October)
 Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn Portadown Town Hall (Dec 9th & 10th)
 2012
 29th Panto Beauty & The Beast a version by Simon Hylands Portadown Town Hall Theatre (January)
 Married Bliss by Sam Cree Portadown Town Hall Theatre(11th & 12th May)
 Kindly Keep it Covered’ by Dave Freeman Portrush Summer Theatre, (Aug 1st to 4th)
Newcastle Summer Theatre (18th Aug)
Touring Venues
 2013
 30th Panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 by John Morley
 Portadown Town Hall Theatre (January)
 Don’t Dress for Dinner  Portadown Town Hall Theatre (April)
 Loanends
 Look No Hans by John Chapman & Michael Pertwee
 Portrush Summer Theatre
 Touring Venues
 Portadown Town Hall Theatre
 2014
 31st Panto: Sinbad the Sailor by John Morley  Portadown Town Hall Theatre
 Clerical Errors by Georgina Reid  Portadown Town Hall Theatre (December)
 2015
 32nd Panto: Cinderella by John Morley  Portadown Town Hall Theatre
 Tick, Tick, BOOM  Portadown Town Hall Theatre, April
 Separate Beds by Sam Cree
  2016
33rd Panto: Mother Goose            by John Morley Portadown Town Hall Theatre
The Green Room Portadown Town Hall Theatre (Touring Venues) April
Anyone Can Rob a Bank by Tom Coffey Portadown Town Hall Theatre December
2017
34th Panto: Dick Whittington             by John Morley  Portadown Town Hall Theatre, December
Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington Portadown Town Hall Theatre
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8 Responses to Past Productions

  1. Victor Allister says:

    Just looking over the schedule. I think my first was Flat Spin in’66. Certainly my last was All My Sons, with Woolesey Gracey, in ’78.
    In Lights Out in ’72 (or was it ’73?), we did perform in the Portadown Festival, where we won the One Acts (and, modestly, I won Best Actor!) and performed in the NI finals at the Harberton Theatre.
    Best wishes, Victor

  2. Well, isn’t this a trip down memory lane and very happy memories at that? I drifted in and out of the Gateway for a few years in the early 80’s and thoroughly enjoyed it. My name is Fergy (properly Fergus) Campbell and I have been living in london for 25 years now. I don’t know if anyone might remember me. This has stirred so many memories of the pantos, “straight” plays and the wonderful fun we used to have. I suppose this is one of the joys of the internet.

    To be honest, I really don’t know how I got involved in the group, I suspect one too many in the old Bennetts and I think Nevin Hunniford may have had a hand in it. Starting as a stagehand, lighting rigger, general humper, FX man or whatever needed to be done I somehow got roped into the pantos. I do have a vague memory of Millie sweet-talking me in a little snug in McConvilles one night, although I must stress there were others there present!

    I remember playing Little John on one panto as I had to order green woollen tights specially from the little shop down near Bridge Street. I also played “Wotta Woppa” the cannibal Queen with Nevin taking the part of Man Friday as I reacall. I recently found a photo of the two odf us “blacked up”, not a pretty sight.

    Looking on this page, I also remember that I was onstage in Ayckbourn’s “How the other half loves” (1985). I remember we had set it around a cruciform dinner table so that two conversations were going on at once, apparently in different places. If it helps slightly for this website, I do remember we took it out of the Town Hall, t some smaller hall (Women’s Institute gig perhaps) in the country. I am thinking somewhere down towards Markethill. The reason I remember it so distinctly was that I was suffering (I use the word advisedly) from a dental abcess and was in agony not to mention half out of my head on prescribed industrial strength painkillers! I can do no more than I did then and apologisee to my fellow cast members. We never really got into the concept of understudies, did we?

    I have read elsewhere on this site about the passing of Bertil, and that saddens me whilst it is not actually suprising, given the poor man’s medical problems. What an absolute gentleman, in the proper sense of the word, a complete font of knowledge regarding stage matters (I learnt so much from him) and just a really nice guy. Sorry to hear of your passing, my friend.

    I have proabably rambled on long enough here so I shall sign off now but I am so glad I stumbled on this site. My very best wishes to you and your continued success.

    Fergy.

    • cinders94 says:

      Your name ‘Fergy’ has cropped up many times as members recall many happy memories of past productions.

  3. Victor Allister says:

    Hi Fergy

    We don’t know each other. I was a member from about 1966 to 1978.

    But I would want to endorse your comments about Bertil. He was a fine friend for many years.

    Of course, if I started to list the good friends from the Gateway who have passed, I would just get very sad.

    I have the very best memories of my time with the Gateway…and the craic was mighty.

    Regards

    Victor Allister

  4. Victor Allister says:

    I recently unearthed some programmes from the 60’s and 70’s. I find it strange that we didn’t put the dates of performances on them!

    Anyway, the schedule above indicates that we put on Lights Out in 1972. In fact, it, along with The Rats and Three Young Ladies in a Temper, were performed at the Portadown Drama Festival in March 1974. I remember that they were also produced at the Gateway, presumably before the Festival, but cannot recall the date. Lights Out went on to the NI One Act Finals at the Harberton Theatre.

    All best,

    Victor Allister

  5. Fergy Campbell says:

    Long before my time there but, knowing some of the “characters” involved, I am sure you had a blast. Great memories.

  6. Fergy Campbell says:

    As for the play, I think I remember it. It was an Alan Ayckbourn piece where there were several different dialogues going on around a cruciform dinner table (Bertil Gallagher’s work) with each couple studiously ignoring the others. I seem to recall we took it to Tandragee Golf Club where I was half out of my mind on drugs prescribed for a dental abcess. I don’t think I have ever been in as much pain in my life. I seem to remember we also took it to a WI or some such away miles out of town, possibly Markethill way.

    Hope this assists,

    fergy.

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