Tale of the Century

Tale of the Century
at the Bridge Church, Otley

The cast of the Bridge Church’s ‘Tale of the Century’ played to packed houses last Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  The theme of this year’s show was music and songs from the last one hundred years.

Dr Who played by Eleanor Davies and his assistant Bob, played by Sophie Dixon, guided the audience through the years stopping of at various points to hear songs and sketches of that particular era.

The first stopping off point was the early eighties and the Beaver Colony entertained with a tableau about Postman Pat, played by George Stacey and Jess, his black and white cat, played by Harry Copeland.

Dr Who and his Tardis then moved to the War Years where Anne Howard and Helen Kilpatrick set the scene for a medley of songs from the First World War.

We then travelled forward in time with the help of the Brownies, led by Brown Owl Tina Johnson, to the seventies to hear I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Starman and Thank you for the Music.

With the help of the Tardis we next found ourselves at the beginning of the second world war with Chamberlain’s famous speech announcing the country was now at war with Germany.  Maureen Mason, Judy Roberts, Hilary Eveleigh and Christine Paterson read poems written by troops serving at the ‘front’ during this period in history.

We next found ourselves on, what for many of the cast and audience was their favourite part of the show, the Bear Hunt!  On stage were all of the Uniformed Organisations which meet at the Bridge Church with ‘Skip’, Iain Paterson, leading the hunt.  After not being able to go under it, over it or around it, but only through it, they received the loudest applause of the evening and brought the first half of the show to a close.

The second half opened in the 1960’s with the Singing for Fun group singing a medley of Beatles songs and two Simon and Garfunkel hits, The Sound of Silence and Bridge over Troubled Water.

The Doctor and his assistant then took us to the 1980’s for Ghostbusters and a sketch featuring the ‘Young Ones’ who were played by Arron Cabe, Ross Carson, Cairan Diamond and Sammy Smith, and ending with a rendition of Thriller by Michael Jackson.

We next moved to the 1920’s and setting the scene before the Singing for Fun group entertained with Fat Sam and Bad Guys were Susan Preston, Angela Rhodes and Chris Beckwith.

Grease lightening performed by the Scouts was their contribution for the 1950’s and their dancing skills were greatly admired by the audience.

The finale was Morecambe and Wise’s ‘Bring me Sunshine’ for which the whole cast came on stage and the audience were encouraged to join in.

Thanks are expressed to everyone involved both on and off the stage which enabled the show to take place, it has been good to get together during the autumn and winter to rehearse and we have had some good fun getting ready for the opening night.

All profits from the production are going towards the Church’s Charity - Feed the Minds which helps marginalised people transform their lives through education through community-led projects in the Global South. 


George Stacey as Postman Pat


Eleanor Davison as Dr Who and Sophie Dixon as his Assistant, Bob


Scouts Grease Lightening – Liam Carver, Andrew & Calum Diamond, Sophie Dixon, Noah Dockar, Sam Hunt, Benjamin Lodge and Daniel Wilkinson.