In April 1963 the Epping Young Players production of "The Pirates of Penzance" opened to widespread critical acclaim. The Northern Daily Leader said that it was easily one of the best productions of a Gilbert and Sullivan by a youth group in the Epping area for many years. The performance by Neil Badger in opening & closing the curtains was magnificent, a classic example of public tugging. "Without him the show would have had no beginning and no end" said Rosemary Sutherland-Smith, art critic, gossip columnist and dog-show reporter, only years before she was unfortunately slaughtered. ( Not to imply that there was some causual relationship between the two events.)
THe performance, which opened at the world acclaimed Epping School of Arts , attracted considerable interest to the point where ticket prices were set at 6 shillings per adult and three shillings per child. "The People's Institution" as it called itself charged one pound for the dress rehearsal, six pounds and therteen shillings for the Friday Opening Night and Seven Pounds Thirteen shillings for the Saturday night. As a matter of interest one could become a member for ten shillings a quarter ( less than twopence per day), which entitked you to two books and one magazine per day, use of the Reading Room and their two-table Billiards Room.