Were you a patent-turner or a front-stitcher? Did you work in the Star, The City, Wilkinsons or Hogg & Mitchells? Even if you didn’t, you might enjoy a trip down memory lane to the days of the bee-hive, the can-can and the pencil skirt!
A new play by local writer Pat Mulkeen explores in a light-hearted way the social life of Derry’s myriad factory workers in the late fifties and early sixties. There are tales of Dutch sailors, submarines and romances with Yanks.
The play tells a story of unrequited love and of poor Milly Dunlop, who was engaged to Abner from North Carolina. Her suitcase was packed, ready to make the trip to the States for a big wedding out there. But it wasn’t to be….
An early version of the script was written in 2007 for a cross-community project based in Irish Street. ‘The Shirt Tale’ was performed to a packed Playhouse during Community Relations Week.
It was then adapted for a Reminiscence Project in the Tower Museum in 2010 and was performed there in May 2011.
The reaction to the performances was so positive that the writer decided to stage the whole play. So here it is, with its new title - ‘Two Cream-Cookies and a Wee German’. Cast members are local, with some known to local audiences and some talented newcomers. Linda Morgan, who plays Gertie, says: “I had thought about joining a drama group as I was looking for a new challenge, and the whole experience has been a joy.
“We seem to spend our time laughing and having fun while working on the script.”
‘Two Cream-Cookies and a Wee German’ will run at the Waterside Theatre on Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, with performances beginning at 8pm nightly. To book your ticket, telephone the Waterside Theatre on: 71. 314000.