Re-visiting days as Army wife

The platoon listens in as Captain Mainwaring (Alan Harwood) takes a field telephone call from GHQ. (s)
The platoon listens in as Captain Mainwaring (Alan Harwood) takes a field telephone call from GHQ. (s)
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WHEN Joan Percival takes to the stage as “that ghastly woman, Mrs Fox” in Dad’s Army in October, she’ll be no stranger to mixing with the military.

For 16 years she was an ‘Army wife’ keeping husband Ted company during his postings to Cyprus, Berlin and the Army Apprentices College, Harrogate. Ted was formerly Warrant Officer (II) Percival, Royal Signals for 22 years.

Joan Percival as Mrs Fox with Captain Mainwaring (Alan Harwood). (s)

Joan Percival as Mrs Fox with Captain Mainwaring (Alan Harwood). (s)

Joan now takes on the role of Mrs Fox in Harrogate Dramatic Society’s production of Dad’s Army, which begins its four-day run at Harrogate Theatre from October 5.

Mrs Fox is a formidable gushing woman with a keen eye for the gentlemen, in particular for the unsuspecting Captain Mainwaring (Alan Harwood), except for when she’s associating with L/Cpl Jones (Paul Dunstan) and Mr Gordon, the Town Clerk (Stuart Kellett).

It’s a major comedy part for Joan Percival, a member of Harrogate Dramatic Society for many years.

“I’ve always loved theatre,” said Joan. “When I was in the forces in Cyprus with Ted, I used to take part in joint services theatre group productions.

“We specialised in big spectacular shows, like Camelot. It was staged in an amphitheatre at Curium, near Limassol with a seating capacity of 2,500, there were real horses used on stage and the whole open-air production was set against a magnificent backdrop of floodlit Cypriot hills.

“There was no expense spared in those days. It was a wonderful experience!”

Joan is now back to earth and with another spectacular to enjoy Dad’s Army at Harrogate Theatre.

The play runs from Wednesday, October 5 to Saturday, October 8, including a Saturday matinee. Tickets are available from the box office on 01423 502116, or on-line at wwww.harrogatetheatre.co.uk