Ayr’s amateur drama group is back with a hilarious wartime production to benefit charity


Ayrshire’s oldest established amateur drama group are back with their first post-pandemic performance.

And the Ayr Fort Players hope to keep their audiences laughing with their stellar show ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’, which will take place at Ayr’s Gaiety Theater on April 28, 29 and 30.

The fast-paced comedy, which will raise money for cancer research, is set during World War II, when St Swithins Girls’ School is accidentally transferred to Hilary Hall Boys’ School, after their school was demolished during the Blitz.

The two principals, Godfrey Pond and Evelyn Whitchurch, attempt to cope with the ensuing chaos by keeping their coeducational school a secret to avoid upsetting the parents.

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Ayr Fort Players’ Nick Wakeham, who plays the pompous Godfrey Pond, said the show was “absolutely hysterical” as the cast of 13 battles a battle of the sexes and tries to survive a few surprise visits.

Nick said: “It’s pandemonium when there are 13 of us on stage, but it feels like a full cast.

“It’s great to see young people also getting involved in theatre.

“We all had so much fun doing it and I think it will show when it’s staged.

This production is all the sweeter for Nick as he reunites with fellow actress Ella Kerr, who will play Miss Whitchurch, as the couple last took the stage five decades ago when they played the boyfriend and the Girlfriend in a production at the Civic Theatre.

And 50 years later, the duo reunites, this time to play adversaries.

Nick Wakeham and Ella Kerr are reunited on stage, this time playing as rivals
Nick Wakeham and Ella Kerr are reunited on stage, this time playing as rivals

Nick said: “Ella played my girlfriend in the very last production I did with AFP in 1972, and now 50 years later we meet again but this time we’re against each other .

“It’s absolutely fantastic that even though 50 years have passed, it’s like yesterday.

“It’s great to be back with her. She’s over 80, but she still remembers her lines and is as nimble as anything.

“We have so much fun being horrible to each other.”

Tickets, from £9.50 to £16.50, can be purchased at: https://thegaiety.co.uk/events/the-happiest-days-of-your-life-ayr-fort-players/

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