Daisy Pulls It Off

Daisy Pulls It Off is a comedy play by Denise Deegan. It is a parody of wholesome adventure stories about life in a 1920s girls’ English boarding school, such as those by Angela Brazil. The original London production of the play opened at the Gielgud Theatre in 1983 and ran for 1,180 performances.

Energetic Daisy Meredith, a girl from a poor background, is forced to face and overcome snobbish prejudice and schoolgirl pranks from the wealthier girls.

Along the way she and her best friend, zany Trixie Martin, search for the missing treasure that could save the fortunes of the exclusive Grangewood School for Young Ladies. Along the way, Daisy must overcome false accusations, save the lives of her nemeses and discover that the mysterious stranger seen around the grounds is her long-lost father

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Daisy Meredith Deb McDowell
Trixie Martin Jan Croxson
Clare Beaumont Clare Taylor
Alice Fitzpatrick Janet Simpson
Sybil Burlington Jane Marcus
Monica Smithers Jane Poole-Wilson
Belinda Mathieson Phillippa Crompton
Dora Johnston Lizzie Brignall
Winnie Irving Nicky Young
Mother Lizzie Brignall
Miss Gibson Barbara Thomas
Miss Granville Lynne Shirley
Mademoiselle Denise Truscott
Mr Scoblowski Terry Saunders
Matron Marion McLaren
School Pianist Sheila Fitzgerald
Mr Thompson (Father) Will Brooks

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Clare Henderson-Roe
Set Design Wesley Henderson Roe
Costume Manager Helen Smith
Lighting Designer Mike Bradbury
Sound Designer Stuart Vaughan
Sound Operation Tony Makepeace
Stage Manager Tony Makepeace
Production Manager Peter Czarja
Props Jane Bean

Reviews & Awards

May 2002

The production was thoroughly enjoyable and very well appreciated by the audience. The pupils, being played by actresses slightly more mature than those I have seen in many a school production of this play by Denise Deegan, brought a deal more authenticity to the show than is often the case when modern schoolgirls are playing the ‘gels’. Everyone entered into the spirit of the piece and showed no inhibitions whatsoever, and certainly pulled it off. Deborah McDowell as the lead Daisy was absolutely spiffing – her interpretation was full of candour and she brought great vivacity to her performance. She was well supported by Jan Croxson as Trixie, her chum. Jane Marcus gave us a suitably sneering and snobby Sybil, Daisy’s arch-enemy, as did her toadying crony the lisping Monica played by Jane PooleWilson. The jolly hockey sticks head girl Clare and her captain of games Alice (with a superb Irish accent) were portrayed with great gusto and much aplomb by Clare Taylor and Janet Simpson.

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