• The Vackees - PosterDirected by: Lynda Clarkson & Glyn Morton
  • Choreographed by: Sue Mather & Karen Sandiford
  • Musical Director: Nic Parker

December 1995,
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham


  • Kip: Alistair Cope
  • Kip’s Mother: Hannah Redfern
  • Duncan Constance: Richard Norfolk
  • Chuck: Peter Taylor
  • Mack: Oliver Rogerson
  • Eric: Glen Rothwell
  • Martha: Helen Jackson
  • Nan: Rebecca Loftus
  • Elsie: Jennifer Deakin
  • Molly: Laura Biggs
  • Eileen: Laura Darkins
  • Kath: Lorna Spence
  • Buzz: Christopher Roberts
  • Lance: Gareth Roberts
  • Stan: Chris Campbell
  • Fred: Michael Clarke
  • Georgie: Kirsty Wells
  • Dot: Lucy Beswick
  • May: Helen Cooper
  • Nel: Helen Freeman
  • Alice: Kerry Hunt
  • Aunt Luce: Kate Wilkinson
  • Ellen: Jenna Rothwell
  • Mrs Crabtree: Stephanie Platel
  • Grace: Elayne Clarkson
  • Laura Maybee: Bethany Grey
  • Mr. Jack: Richard Reed
  • Lady Holdmore: Laura Nockolds
  • The Vicar: Richard Cope
  • Billeting Officer/German Pilot: John Stringfellow
  • Radio Announcers: Sarah Sandham & Rebecca Cardwell
  • Donna Bates, Emma Gill, Amanda Stevenson, April Young


Set at the outbreak of the Second World War, this is the funny, moving story of the “invasion” of a Somerset village by the Vackees, child evacuees from London, and their scrapes and adventures with the (at first) hostile native children.

The musical centres on a young London lad, Kip, and follows his first experiences of love and war. With a memorable, tuneful score by famous TV and film composer Carl Davis

This was LATA’s first large show. Previously we’d used the stage at the local performing arts college, and had performed a 15 minute revue!! What a leap, and showed us just how much we could achieve!


This is a relatively new society formed specifically for juniors aged 10-16 years to learn all aspects of theatre; design, building scenery, lighting, sound, etc., as well as singing, dancing and acting. And after seeing this production, it is obviously paying dividends.

The story, as the title implies, tells of a number of children from London being evacuated to a small village during World War II, with all its attendant difficulties of trying to integrate with the local children. Every single person who had anything to do with this production, in any capacity, should step forward and take a bow. It really was a most rewarding evening out. To single out individuals would seem to be most unfair, but as there were two really outstanding performances, it would be unfair to the two children not to mention them.

First, Alistair Cope as Kip was superb, and Jenna Rothwell as Ellen was so accomplished she just took your breath away. Congratulations are also due to wardrobe, lighting, scenery and some sympathetic music under the direction of Nick Parker.

With talent like this, the future of theatre is in very safe hands…

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