St Gregory's Amateur Dramatic / Operatic Society
Frank Finlay as The Mikado
St Gregory's Catholic Church in Farnworth was Franks local Church - there was also a school, which he attended, and a church hall. His earliest memory of performing was aged six whilst at the infant school. In those days clubs and societies were common and St Gregory's had both. The earliest record we have of Frank on stage is as part of a review show for the Farnworth Catholic Youth Club in 1945 in St Gregory's Parish Hall.
Here we have Frank as The Mikado in The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan (1949) and later in And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1950).
The Review Of The Season Up To Date mentions Frank but also Doreen Shepherd who would later become Frank's wife. They appeared together in two productions with the Farnworth Little Theatre.
And Then There Were None (Frank is third from the right).
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie (1950)
Directed by Vincent Murray
Frank Finlay again displayed his usual accomplishments; he was superb, and quite terrifying in the climax.