Squeak!

Louise Gold appeared in this Rock version of The Pied Piper Of Hamlin, at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, 1 to 26 August 1978

 

Cast

The Pied Piper - Paul Da Vinci

 

The Rats

Johnny Ratten (A Punk Rat) - David Brenchley

Navratilova (A Champion Rat) - Lally Percy

Dirty Rat (A Greaser) - Jonathon Evans

Eratica (A Sexy Rat) - Sue Lynne

“Sir” Rat (A Teacher Rat) - Elwyn Johnson

Jenny Regratter Rein (A French Rat) - Donna Mann

Prat (A Stupid Rat) - James Matthews

Bubonic (A Courier Rat) - Steve Hatton

Errate (A Wrong Rat) - Louise Gold

Ratatouille (A Rat with Culinary Aspirations) - Dierdre Dee

 

Baby Rats - Paula Devlin, Debbie Griffin, Sara Harlock, Altin Leonce, Antony Lewis, Tony McBride, Claire Prewer, and, Sophia Shoush

 

The People Of Hamlin

The Mayor - Brian Hewlett

Fritz Swift (His Assistant) - Graham Hoadly

Mr Beckenbaur - Don Dryden

Mrs Beckenbaur - Felicity Harrison

Hans (Their Son) - Brian Conley

 

Children Of The Town - Emma Britchnell, Catherine Boulton, Caroline Brown, Angela Codling, David Collier, Sue Costello, Paula Devlin, Jayne Fennell, Margery Georges, Susan Gough, Deborah Griffin, Sonje Freen, Sara Harlock, Altin Leonce, Antony Lewis, Tony McBride, Claire Prewer, Jackie Schoolin, Sophia Shoush, Gillian Turner, and, Deborah White

 

The actors playing “The Rats” also doubled as a chorus of additional townspeople.

 

Production Team

 Based on - The Pied Piper Of Hamlin by Robert Browning

Director - Paul Tomlinson

Musical Director - Bob Webb

The Band  - Franc Holland, Martin Henderson, Jode Leigh, and, Bob Webb

Choreographer - Lorelei Lynn

Designer - David Knapman

Lighting - Stanley Osborne White

Wardrobe - Jill Pennington

 

Musical Numbers

 Act I

1. Squeak! - The Rats (The Rats)

2. Rats - The Company (The Cast)

3. Rasta Waltza - The Rats (The Rats)

4. I Enjoy Being A Mayor - The Mayor and Fritz (Brian Hewlett and Graham Hoadly)

5. Look At Our Lives - Mr and Mrs Beckenbaur (Don Dryden and Felicity Harrison)

6. Rouse Up Sirs - Mr Beckenbauer and the Company (Don Dryden and the Cast)

7. The Sound Of A Rat - The Company (the Cast)

8. The Piper’s Song - The Piper, Hans, and, Mrs Beckenbaur (Paul Da Vinci, Brian Conley, and, Felicity Harrison)

9. Piper’s Rock Song - The Piper (Paul Da Vinci)

10. One, Fifty Thousand - The Mayor and Townsfolk (Brian Hewlett and Cast)

11. Alley Rats - Johnny Ratten and the Rats (David Brenchley and The Rats)

12. I’m A Rat And I’m Proud - Bubonic and the Rats (Steve Hatton and The Rats)

13. We Are Marching - The Company (the Cast)

14. The Rats Have Gone - Mr and Mrs Beckenbaur, Hans, and the Company (Don Dryden, Felicity Harrison, Brian Conley and the Cast)

15. The King Of The World - The Piper and the Company (Paul Da Vinci and the Cast)

 

Act 2

16. Rock The Steeple - The Company (the Cast)

17. Folks Who Put Me In A Passion - The Piper (Paul Da Vinci)

18. Pay Him - The Townsfolk (The Cast)

19. Come Sister And Brother - The Piper and Choir (Paul Da Vinci and the Cast)

20. We Are Marching (reprise) - The Choir (the Cast)

21. How Or Why - Hans (Brian Conley)

22. You Stand Accused - The Mayor and Rats (Brian Hewlett and The Rats)

23. If You Don’t Give Nothing - Errata and the Rats (Louise Gold and The Rats)

24. Go To The Hills - The Mayor, Mr and Mrs Beckenbaur (Brian Hewlett, Don Dryden, and, Felicity Harrison)

25. If You Don’t Give Nothing (reprise) - The Piper (Paul Da Vinci)

26. There’s A Town - The Company (the Cast)

 

The show was a rock version of The Pied Piper Of Hamlin.

Actor Graham Hoadly has a long association with this particular Theatre.

Brian Hewlett is of course best known for his radio work in The Archers on BBC Radio 4.

Graham Hoadly and Louise Gold went on to appear together in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which after a year they were joined for a time by Brian Conley.

It is unlikely that Catherine Boulton of the Towns Children would be the same as Kathryn Boulton who appeared in the childrens choir in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reading Production).

It is not known whether the David Collier of the Towns Children could have been the same as the Dave Collier who was a camera assistant on Transmission: Impossible With Ed And Oucho.

Graham Hoadley went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan. His recording credits include The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty.

 

Critics Comments

 “Brian Hewlett as the Mayor, Graham Hoadly as the town clerk straight out of commedia, Felicity Harrison as a town wife and the female quintet of punk rats (Lally Percy, Sue Lynne, Donna Mann, Louise Gold and Deidre Dee) are the best players, who, of course, also dance and sing more or less energetically.” Anne Morley-Priestman, THE STAGE, 17 August 1978, p47

 

Links about Squeak!

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s page for the show (from which most of the information on this page originates): http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/archive/squeek1978.htm

Graham Hoadly’s website’s section for The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in 1978: http://www.hoadlyg.freeserve.co.uk/careerwebsite/site/theatrerep78.htm  and http://www.hoadlyg.freeserve.co.uk/careerwebsite/site/popups/squeak.htm

 Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Brian Hewlett is among the stars backing this worthy campaign.

 

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