Sink The Belgrano
Louise Gold took over the starring role of Maggot Scratcher when the play transferred (from The Half Moon Theatre) to Mermaid Theatre, from 30 October 1986 (Previews from 21 October)
Sailor plus - Tan Dean Burn
Sailor plus - George Dillon
Sailor plus - Richard Earthy
Chorus plus - Rory Edwards
Maggot Scratcher - Louise Gold
Sailor plus - Eugene Lipinski
Command plus - Terance McGinty
Pimp plus - Barry Stanton
Nit plus - Bill Stewart
Musician - Mark Glentworth
Other parts played by members of the cast
Presented by - Viva Theatre Productions Ltd
Author - Steven Berkoff
Director - Steven Berkoff
Production - 2 September 1986, The
Running Time - 90 minutes, no interval
Company and Stage Manager - Helen Wilding
Deputy Stage Manager - Gill van Zwanenberg
Lighting - Dee Kyne
The play had previously been playing at The Half-Moon Theatre, when they transferred theatres they changed several of the main cast, included the leading role.
Belgrano was a light cruiser warship of the Brooklyn Class,
it was originally a
Political-Satirical actress Louise Gold had previously played a caricature of Margaret Thatcher in Metropolitan Mikado, she went on to play her properly (side and back views only) on television in The Alan Clark Diaries.
Rory Edwards went on to appear in an episode of Casualty.
Ellen Cairns went on to design a production of Poppy, at The Half Moon Theatre.
Ellen Cairns also went on to design the stage production of The Little Sister, which was also produced by Viva Theatre Productions.
I'm not sure whether critic Malcolm Hay realised that the leading lady was a founder member of Spitting Image (their Leading Puppeteer in fact).
"Louise Gold makes a striking and suitably strident Maggot Scratcher, swearing like a trouper at her craven underlings. But the best moments rarely rise above the level of a 'Spitting Image' sketch." Malcom Hay, TIME OUT, 5 November 1986
Links about Sink The Belgrano
TheatreNow.Com interview: Gold On
Stage: Louise Gold In Follies: http://www.theatrenow.com/asp/link.htm?news.asp?art=3430&cat=1 This is an interview carried out
Steven Berkoff’s Official Website: http://www.east-productions.demon.co.uk/
George Dillon’s Homepage: http://www.georgedillon.com/index.shtml
Iain Fisher’s page about Berkoff’s plays: http://www.iainfisher.com/sblinp.html
Maggie To A T, evening Standard Article (from 2002) about who has portrayed Mrs Thatcher in drama: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4153/is_200204/ai_n12004431
We Are An Impersonator, The Arts Desk article (from 8 February 2011) about actresses who have portrayed Mrs Thatcher: http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3049:we-are-a-thatcher-impersonator&Itemid=12