Be My Baby

by Amanda Whittington

7th to 8th May 2010 | Croft Street Community Centre, Lincoln

Be My Baby is a short period piece featuring an all-female cast and a nostalgic 1960s sounddtrack. For our small-scale spring / summer production in 2010 we returned to our spiritual home – Croft Street Community Centre in Lincoln – and paired up this touching play with a cabaret-style selection of music and comic turns.

Dave Lintin directed the first half of the evening, bringing together many of the women who had made their Common Ground bow in Cider With Rosie. Alex Thornton took the lead role of Mary, the teenager who falls pregnant and has to give her baby up for adoption, while newcomer Val Petty played the matron at the home for unmarried mothers.

The second half of the evening featured comic monologues by members past and present, a tribute to Flanders and Swann and a guest appearance by folk singer and musician John Pape.

Writing in the Lincolnshire Echo Sheila Jamieson described the show as ‘a sparkling night out’ which was ‘the perfect antidote to the damp weather’.

Mary Alex Thornton
Mrs Adams Vicky Ashberry
Matron Val Petty
Queenie Lisa Hewitt Smith
Dolores Katie Gray
Norma Holly Eggboro
Director Dave Lintin
Producer Su Toogood
Stage Manager Shelagh Gillingham
Sound & light Dave Lintin
Set Dave Lintin
Publicity and programme Jez Ashberry
Wardrobe Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood, Ann Culling