March 1965 and the EYP move back to Epping for the premiere of Gilbert& Sullivans "Ruddigore". The Presbyterian Hall in Rawson Street is the home fot the supernatural opera alternatively known as "The Witch's Curse". The cursed baronets of Ruddigore forced to commit a crime every day or perish in inconceivable agony are confronted by the ghosts of their ancestors who step from the picture frames in Ruddigore Castle.
The Northern District Times was suspiciously quiet in their reviews, tainted by the " cash for cudos" scandal the critics were lying low. Rosemary Sutherland-Smith, embarassed by the revelation that Hope Best was her best friend and lived next door to Neil Badger was fighting off claims off oligarchy. Some feel that maybe there was more to the two previous shows than a mere curtain raising and falling and that perhaps a review of the singing and acting may have been warranted. There may be an element of irony in this revelation whilst reviewing a performance by ghosts as Rosemary has only a few years before she will be brutally murdered.