Thing A Thon
A Mammoth Singing
Louise Gold was scheduled to appear as a member of the cast of Nunsense, a fundraising event in aid of The Terrence Higgins Trust, and, Frontliners, at The Piccadilly Theatre, on Sunday 13 December 1987.
Note: Please note the cast listing and running order is not necessarily accurate, the webmaster wasn’t present and so is using the original printed programme of events as a guide. I don’t even know whether Ms Gold actually took part in this! However those whose names are listed here in italics are definitely known to have taken part.
The event was scheduled to run from 12 Noon to 10:30pm.
All Day Compere – Clarke Peters
First Show 12 O’clock
British Airways Groovers Steel Orchestra
Musician: Kate Young
Half Moon Panto
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Company
National Theatre Company No. 73
“On The Other Hand”
“String Of Pearls”
Musician: Leslie Hayes
Second Show 2:30pm
Musician Calum McLeod
Musician: Dave Brown
Musician: John Langridge
“Girls and the Great Xar”
The Great Xar
The Brough Boys
Hue And Cry
“Starlight Express” Company
Musician: Peter Hagen
Musician: Adrian York
Third Show 5 o’clock
Gaye Brown, and, Philip
Musician: Jonathan Cohen
Musicians: Mario Castronari, Brian Dee, and, Mark Taylor
Daniel Day Lewis
Bob Harris, and, Kathy Louis
Musician: Jonathan Cohen
“Les Miserables” Company
Musicians: Mark Inscoe, and, Courtney Kenny
Lulu and the “Peter Pan” Company
The McGanns (Stephen
McGann, Clare McGann,
Sarah Jane Morris
“The Phantom Of The Opera” Company
Musician: Calum McLeod
Musicians: Martin Belmont, Cissy Footwear, and, Bobby Velentino
Fourth Show 7:30pm
Musician: Clare James
Staged by: Peter Walker
Musician: Trevor York
Sally Ann Triplett
Arrangements: Martin Koch
Claire & Leonard Friedman
Lesley Joseph, and, Patricia Hodge
Neil McArthur’s All Star Band
(The programme says the band were backing various artistes throughout the day, and playing between shows two & three, and, three & four).
Sharon D. Clarke
Front Of House Performers
Musical Director – Stephen Warbeck
Stage Managers – Nigel Guy, and, Maureen Poole
“Menage A Trois”
Merial Dickinson, and, Bruce Ogston
Sally Ann Triplett
Melaine Howard, and, Ollie Blanchflower
Musical Director – Trevor York
“Man For All Seasons” Company
“Kiss Me Kate” Company
Angela Hercules Joseph
Arrangement: Tim Higgs
Helena Bonham Carter
Sally Ann Howes
and members of the “When Did You Last See Your Trousers” Company
Event Inspired and Produced by Maria Friedman
Co-Producer – Kelly Hunter
Executive Producer – Roland Brine
Production Manager – Sonia Friedman
Assistant Production Manager – Mark Ormerod
Executive Committee – Anna
Gardner, Charlotte Hindle, Julie Kinney, Inez Thorn, and,
Committee – Helen
Stage Manager – Sonia Friedman
Assistant to the Stage Manager – Ken Grant
Deputy Stage Managers – Jackie Morgan, and, Mark Ormerod
Stage Management – Sylvia Carter, Matthew Lynch, and, Meg Smith
Sound – Nic Jones,
Gary Giles, and,
Wardrobe – Helen Anderson
Terrance Higgins Trust Coordinator – Elizabeth Davies
Frontliners Coordinator – Peter Tilson
Some of the Groups appearing do not give the names of the individuals. Thus is may be possible that some of the named performers who took part in one show, may possibly have appeared in other shows as part of groups where the individuals have not been named. Your webmaster, for example, does wonder who “The Compulsives” were. A few years earlier there had been an alternative cabaret group around called Anna Rexic and The Compulsives, but it is not known whether this could be that group with a slightly altered name.
*It is known that Billy Bragg who was scheduled to appear in the Fourth show, did not in fact appear in the Fourth show, however, he did appear in the Third Show.
On the entry for this gala on The McGann Brothers’s fansite, it says that this event was “Organised by Su Pollard”. However, your webmaster has found no mention of Su Pollard in the programme. The programme does however very clearly present Maria Friedman’s obvious involvement (and others associated with her). This also mentions (and their webmaster was there) that Billy Bragg actually appeared in the Third Show and not the Fourth show.
Bronwen Stanway’s firstname appears to have been misspelt in the programme as Bronwyn Stanway. It may also be noted
that Jacqueline Dankworth usually
seems to have used Jacqui as the short of her name, but in this programme she
is credited as Jackie (but the spelling of that short does often vary). Also Debbie Bishop’s name is usually spelt
as Debby Bishop. It would appear
that Pam St Clement’s name has been
misspelt as Pam St Clements. While Sally Ann Triplet’s name should
actually have been spelt as Sally Ann
Triplett. Meanwhile Grainne Renihan
has been known to spell her name as Grania
Renihan as well as Grainne. Anton
Rodgers should have been spelt as Anton
Maxine Audley, Louise Gold, Pip Hinton, Anna Rees, and, Bronwen Stanway were appearing in Nunsense (stage show) at the time of this event.
Louise Gold, Pip Hinton, Anna Rees, and, Bronwen Stanway can be heard on the album Nunsense (recording).
Louise Gold, Christopher Biggins, and, Berwick Kaler had previously appeared at The Piccadilly Theatre in The Soap Opera.
Louise Gold, and, Sylvester McCoy went on to appear at The Piccadilly Theatre in Noises Off.
Angela Richards, Debby Bishop, Sinitta, Shezwae Powell, Gaye Brown,
Eileen Atkins went on to become one of the creators of The House Of Elliott.
Maxine Audley, Dilys Watling, Angela
Richards, Peter Straker, Jonathan Cohen, David Kernan,
Clare Burt, Gareth Snook, Jackie Dankworth, Claire Moore, Philip Griffiths, Dawn Spence, Bruce Ogston, Rob Fardell, and, Maria Friedman’s recording credits include Cabaret.
Clare Burt, Christina Matthews, Shezwae Powell, Claire Moore, and, Helen Hobson’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.
Clare Burt, Shezwae Powell, and, Jonathan Cohen’s recording credits include Cole Porter - Night And Day.
Clare Burt, Claire Moore, Christopher Biggins, Grainne Renihan, and, Sally Ann Triplett’s recording credits include Simply Musicals.
Clare Burt’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century.
Clare Burt, Angela Richards, Peter Straker, Simon Green, Sally Ann Triplett, Lesley Joseph, Patricia Hodge, and, John Barr went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Clare Burt, Jackie Dankworth, Claire Moore, Gillian Bevan, and, Maria Friedman’s recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.
Clare Burt, Jackie Dankworth, David Kernan, and, Alex Hanson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.
Clare Burt, Jackie Dankworth, Jonathan Cohen, Claire Moore, Grainne Renihan, Trevor York, Gillian Bevan, and, Sally Ann Triplett’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals.
Tina Jones, and, Christopher Biggins may have taken part in Dear Ralph.
Julie Jupp, and, Angela Curran’s film credits include Topsy Turvy.
Julie Jupp’s recording credits include Topsy Turvy (Soundtrack album).
Jenna Russell, Christopher Biggins, and, Gillian Bevan went on to appear in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
Gareth Snook went on to appear in Assassins, on which Kate Young also worked on.
Gareth Snook, Philip Griffths, Liza Hobbs, Bruce Ogston, and, Rob Fardell’s recording credits include On The Town.
Gareth Snook, Philip Griffiths, Liza Hobbs, Simon Green, Bruce Ogston, and, Rob Fardell’s recording credits include Anything Goes (Recording) – Website Recommended Album.
Kate Young, Martin Koch, and, Sylvester McCoy had previously worked on The Pirates of Penzance (Stage Production).
Kate Young, Mark Inscoe, and, Philip Griffiths went on to work on Anything Goes (Stage Production).
Nicola Blackman went on to appear in The Taming Of The Shrew.
Angela Curran, Erasure, and,
Simon Greenall’s television credits include Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round.
Angela Richards, Pam St Clement, Gaye Brown, David Kernan, Lesley Joseph,
Angela Richards, Elaine Delmar, David Kernan, Claire Moore, Fenella Fielding,
Simon Green, Ned Sherrin, Neil McArthur,
Angela Richards, David Kernan, and, Maria Friedman appeared in Sondheim At The Barbican.
Angela Richards, David Kernan, Fenella Fielding, Sally Ann Triplett, and, Ned Sherrin went on to appear in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.
Pam St Clement, Gaye Brown, David Kernan, Fenella Fielding, Linda
Baron, Lesley Joseph, Ned Sherrin, and,
Christina Matthews’s film credits include Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire.
Christina Matthews, Shezwae Powell, Grainne Renihan, Simon Green, and, Maria Friedman’s recording credits include The History Of The Musical.
Shezwae Powell, and, Myra Sands went on to appear in Follies.
Neil Bartlett went on to adapt and design a musical version Lady Into Fox.
Gaye Brown, Myra Sands, Liza Hobbs, and, Debbie Holmes appeared in a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers’ Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, with which Ned Sherrin was also involved.
Gloria Hunniford, Martin Koch, Sylvester McCoy, and, Anton Rogers had previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
David Kernan, Ned Sherrin,
David Kernan, and,
David Kernan, Claire Moore, Gillian Bevan, Ned Sherrin, and, Helena Bonham Carter may have appeared in Comedy Tonight.
David Kernan went on to appear in the
David Kernan, Christopher Biggins, Simon Green, Sally Ann Triplett, Maureen Lipman, and, Ned Sherrin went on to appear in the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Myra Sands has gone on to appear in many Lost Musicals concert stagings including: By Jupiter, One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production), Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production), New Girl In Town, Red Hot & Blue, Something For The Boys, Panama Hattie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and, Darling of The Day. She also took part in Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala.
Myra Sands also appeared in One Touch Of
Venus (2000 Production), which
Joe McGann went on to work on The Gondoliers, which Caroline Humphries sometimes conducted.
Joe McGann went on to appear in
Ruby Wax’s television credits include For Four Tonight.
Christopher Biggins went on to appear in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Liza Hobbs, Sally Ann Triplett, and, Debbie Holmes appeared in The Metropolitan Mikado, which Ned Sherrin was also involved with.
Grainne Renihan took part in Dress Circle Grand Reopening.
Ronnie Corbett took part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Erasure’s television credits include ABBA – The Mamma Mia Story.
Fenella Fielding, Patricia Hodge, and, Ned Sherrin’s radio credits include Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.
Gillian Bevan went on to appear in The Boys From Syracuse.
Simon Green went on to appear in Flaunt It 2008.
David Healy’s film voice-over credits include Labyrinth.
It is possible that Debbie Poplitt could be Deborah Poplett who appeared in Rachel And The Roarettes:
It seems unlikely that the Barbara Toye appearing in the Follies Company, would be the same person as the lady of the same name who was a production assistant on Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It.
Martin Koch went on to work on Mamma Mia.
Martin Koch, and, Vivien Parry’s television credits include ABBA – The Reunion.
Helen Lederer’s television credits include A Kick Up The Archive.
Anton Rogers’s television credits include Julia And Company.
The Company of Mary Poppins’s FUNdraising late night gala was dedicated to Ned Sherrin.
Sharon D Clarke, and,
Bruce Ogston’s radio credits include Let ‘Em Eat Cake.
Liz Izen went on to appear in Calamity Jane.
Alex Hanson’s recording credits include Great Duets From The Musicals, and, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.
Helen Hobson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Wonderful Tales.
The stage manager Matthew Lynch on the production team committee, is one would presume, not the same person as the film recordist of the same name on Muppet Treasure Island.
Crispin Thomas had previously appeared in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production).
Ronnie Corbett had previously taken part in Comic Relif 1986.
Claire Moore’s recording credits include Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.
Gillian Bevan, Clare Burt, Maria Friedman, Simon Green, David Kernan, and, Claire Moore’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Kathryn Apanowicz had previously appeared in Bag.
Gillian Bevan had previously appeared in Blood Brothers.
Madeline Bell, Ned Sherrin, and, Dawn Spence went on to take part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.
Links about Thin A Thon
The McGann Brothers’ fansite’s entry for this event: http://www.mcgannbrothers.org.uk/productssimple17.html (For some strange reason this appears to state the event as being organised by Su Pollard)