60 Years of Radio Comedy
Hancock's Half Hour by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
Clare in the Community by Harry Venning and David Ramsden
Directed by Steve Foster
30 & 31 October 2015 Hatfield Heath Village Hall
Recreations of studio recordings of two BBC shows spanning the years.
Hancock's Half Hour
Tony Hancock Mark Ratcliff
Kenneth Williams Andy Prangnell
Bill Kerr Ian Kettridge
Moira Lister Simone Perry
Sid James Martin Bedwell
Clare in the Community
Clare Jaki Newman
Helen/Thomas Simone Perry
Nali/Megan Sarah Wiggins
Simon Martin Bedwell
Brian Mark Ratcliff
Irene Joan Lanario
Ray Andy Prangnell
Lighting & Sound Derek Foster & Roger Newman
Set Painting Derek Foster
Costumes Dot Sharp
Poster/Programme Clive Weatherley
Front of House Margaret Lines & friends
Box Office Village Tea Rooms
Herts & Essex Observer | Posted: October 27, 2015
Shouting schoolchildren help Hatfield Heath group's production of classic radio comedy
Shouting schoolchildren have provided an unlikely audio aid to Hatfield Heath's award-winning drama group.
When Heath Players started planning for their celebration of 60 years of radio comedy they were faced with the prospect of producing some challenging sound effects.
The group will perform two classic radio scripts – Hancock’s Half Hour from the 1950s and Clare in the Community from 2009.
The later script has scenes in a school playground and another of youngsters joining a protest to save their local community centre.
The Players contacted Rob Aiken, deputy head at the Hatfield Heath Primary School. He immediately agreed that pupils could take part in a recording session to get the necessary effects.
Drama group director Steve Foster and sound man Derek Foster recently attended the school and recorded the pupils in the playground and chanting slogans that were required for the show.
Steve said: 'The children were great. They were so enthusiastic and were really interested in how we would use the recordings. We got some great audio that we can incorporate into the performance."
The show, with curtains up at 8pm, will be on October 30 and 31 at Hatfield Heath Village Hall. Tickets, from the village tea rooms, cost £7 and can be bought by calling 01279 730544 or online at