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Comedy play Allo Allo performed at North Creake Village Hall in memory of popular director

15:45 15 June 2012

Some of the major characters, from left – British airman (Oliver Prince-White), Michelle (Ros Haywood). Second British airman (Philip Keywood), German solder (Jim Turner), Lt. Gruber (Phil Lines), Crabtree the Gendarme (Robin Hawkes), Gen. von Schnelling (Mike Coombs), Yvette (Helen Gibson), René (Robert Hill), Edith (Judy Kibourn).

Some of the major characters, from left – British airman (Oliver Prince-White), Michelle (Ros Haywood). Second British airman (Philip Keywood), German solder (Jim Turner), Lt. Gruber (Phil Lines), Crabtree the Gendarme (Robin Hawkes), Gen. von Schnelling (Mike Coombs), Yvette (Helen Gibson), René (Robert Hill), Edith (Judy Kibourn).

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Long-running comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo has been brought to the stage at North Creake in memory of a popular director.

The Creakes’ drama group has put on the play, adapted from the long-running BBC series, as a dedication to Philip Quin who started the organisation 11 years ago.

Mr Quin, who was described as a stalwart, died last month and had directed the ‘Allo ‘Allo stage production.

The comedy is being performed at North Creake Village Hall, near Fakenham.

Directing the play for the drama group had been a long-cherished ambition of Mr Quin’s.

Creakes’ drama group member Karen Adams, a seasoned actor and director, took over that role after Mr Quin died.

The two-hour performance was staged last night and runs until Saturday.

It starts at 7.30pm and tickets have sold out.

One of the members of the technical crew, Douglas Beebe, had a 40-year career with the BBC and was a cameraman on the original ‘Allo ‘Allo television series.

Costumes which featured in ITV’s Downton Abbey period drama and the BBC’s recent dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks’ 1993 novel Birdsong are being used in the comedy play.

The story has all the ingredients of the original television series – and more.

Everyone, as usual, is trying to get their hands on the valuable painting of the Fallen Madonna by van Clomp.

But their plans are turned upside down when it is announced that Adolf Hitler and Field Marshall Hermann Goering intend visiting their small village of Nouvien in war-torn France.

This leads to several of the characters attempting to impersonate either Hitler or Goering in a last-ditch attempt to get their hands on the so-called valuable work of art with the aim of selling it after the war.

sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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