Joan Elding

Joan Elding

Member from 1948 to present


Right from the start there were two stalwarts with quite different talents. The first was Leigh Smith – always word and move perfect, reliable and rock steady – and who never hogged anyone else's limelight! He effortlessly carried many of the main male leads. The other was Gerald Collins – simply a natural on stage. He was never word perfect but this was more of a handicap to others than to Gerald, who could improvise blithely while the prompter wrestled with the script. Gerald was in his rumbustious element as Charlie's Aunt, and as the pantomime dame – an annual 'turn’ much enjoyed by the audience, young and old. My own favourite part? It has to be Dick Whittington’s cat: no words to learn, a pushover with the audience, and I ended up a bit leaner and a lot fitter. Thank you, Players, for so much enjoyment and such a lot of happy memories. Long may you continue!

Appearances as cast

Joan has appeared in these productions.

Year Show Role
1964 When We Are Married Maria Helliwell
1963 Emma Miss Bates
1962 Distinguished Gathering Lesley Gest
1962 To Kill A Cat Lilian Proust
1961 Haul For The Shore Polly Ipplepen
1961 Dry Rot Beth Barton
1960 Hawk Island Madeline Austen
1959 Murder On The Nile Jacqueline de Severac
1959 The Middle Watch Mary Carlton
1958 Baa Baa Black Sheep Chickie Buff
1958 The Hollow Lady Angkatell
1957 Sit Down A Minute Adrian Florence Hedley
1957 Queen Elizabeth Slept Here Norah Fuller
1956 Waters Of The Moon Helen Lancaster
1956 A Lady Mislaid Mrs. Small (Daily woman)
1956 Dick Whittington Tommy (his Cat)
1955 Home-Coming performed by
1955 Charley's Aunt (Act II) Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez
1955 Monologue performed by
1954 The White Sheep Of The Family Pat Winter, his daughter
1953 The Shop At Sly Corner Mrs. Catt
1953 Hay Fever Sorel Bliss
1953 Aladdin Aladdin
1952 The Poltergeist Olive Venner
1952 Nothing But The Truth Gwen Ralston
1952 Jack & The Beanstalk Jill (the giant's servant maid)
1951 This Happy Breed Sylvia (his sister)
1951 Cinderella Cinderella (the Baron's Daughter)
1951 Baa Baa Black Sheep Chickie Buff
1951 Cinderella Cinderella (the Baron's Daughter)
1950 Distinguished Gathering Judith Montague
1950 Candied Peel Claire Brisby
1949 I Have Five Daughters Elizabeth Bennet
1949 A Flat and A Sharp Jane Murgatroyd
1949 Murder By Request Servant-Girl
1948 School for Scandal Lady Teazle
1948 The Man Who Stayed At Home Miriam Leigh