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Patience

In April, 1964, The E.Y.P. production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience" opened at the St.Philips War Memorial Hall in Eastwood. It was the first time that the group had opened a production so far from tere roots in Epping. However the move proved a success and the show received the usual accolades from the critcical media. Once again, Rosemary Sutherland-Smith, blissfully unaware that she was one year closer to her unfortunate demise, singled out Neil Badger for his pivotal role in the opening and closing scenes of both acts. Luckily she had not been on the road with the touring EYP when they did their final performance at Penrith. The lighting manager had to return to Sydney, leaving the task to Neil and his fellow stage hands. Hearing a general round of applause Neil decided that the Musical Director was taking up his position ad took down the house lights, there was a general round of laughter from the audience and it becam apparent that a local dignitary had come to the front of the hall to thank the EYP for bringing them some long sort entertainment and found himself standing in the dark. This ended the multi-skilling facit on Neil's illustrious career and from her on for many years he confined himself to curtain pulling. Had Rosemary been aware of this I am sure she would have encouraged Neil to persist, thus was her infatuation with the young puller. 

         

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