1930-1939 family Page 3
Jane left Charters at the relatively young age of sixteen years to work with Cyril Fletcher; he was a well-known comedian and producer for theatre and television who was scouting for talent at Charters for one of his summer shows, 'Magpie Masquerade'. Several years of almost continuous work followed until the birth of her second daughter, Kim. This included summer seasons, pantomime and television culminating, in 1957, when she joined the original production of 'The Boy Friend' at Wyndham's Theatre in the West End playing Maisie. Curiously, her daughter Kim's graduation from Charters some twenty years later was in 'The Boy Friend', produced by the school at the Adeline Genée Theatre in which she played the lead role of 'Polly'. Who was the proud 'mum' now!
A minor diversion here involves Jane and an eligible suitor named Raymond Bishop, a musician/composer/arranger and rising talent in musical theatre. They had a close relationship which came to nothing. A few years later he married Susan Passmore who, during the 1970s and '80s, and on many occasions with the musical assistance of Ray, was employed as Head of Drama and Theatre at Bush Davies and played a crucial role in the school's revitalisation programme initiated by Paul (see Performance and Choreography).
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