Linda Webster – make-up

Linda Webster make-up EJ














Photo by Eurwyn Jones, no reproduction without permission.

Photo of Linda Webster from make-up, with actor, Anthony Sher. The photo was probably taken before a Pebble Mill at One show, where Anthony Sher was probably publicising a forthcoming drama. Anthony Sher did appear in several Pebble Mill dramas, including The History Man, and The Sheik of Pickersgill.

The following comments were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:

Susie Astle: ‘From Susie(ex Bancroft ) I worked on the Sheik [of Pickersgill] and the photo was not from then. He wore a false moustache for that, it fell off during a tea break and I found it on the bottom of my shoe! I never told him so hope he’s not reading this, as if!!’

Lesley Weaver: ‘Yep Bankers true to form … Mind you I remember Shelley Weber doing that too …. She walked around all lunch time with the moustache stuck in the snow on the bottom of her moon boot… We searched everywhere, it was only when she sat down and crossed her leg that someone spotted it half hanging off!!! …once it was cleaned and re tongued no one was the wiser… Oh funny old times weren’t they!!!

I can’t be definitely sure it’s The Sheik ..but I am sure that this photo was taken in the Pebble Mill at One make up area next to where Barbara the BBC hairdresser worked. So it may have been for an appearance on the lunch time programme. Can’t think why the lead actor on The History Man would have been made up in that small area which was really a make shift area we used specifically for Pebble Mill at One. I worked on The History with Gill Hughes who was the hair & make-up designer… To my knowledge I don’t think Linda worked on that with us… In any case Tony was very particular about his hair & moustache on that show and being the lead I’m sure only Gill herself look after him, even I didn’t go near him and I was Gill’s senior assistant on that series. Tony looks much younger here than on History Man where he grew his own moustache for the character. Linda herself also looks quite young here too, we started at the same time and I think The Sheik was produced while I was in London on the make-up school during the autumn of ’78.. Linda didn’t attend that school she stayed at base and she went on a later one so she would possible been working on Pebble Mill at One during that time.’

Macbeth on the Estate

Macbeth, James Frain, Lady Macbeth, Susan Vidler

Macbeth, James Frain; Lady Macbeth, Susan Vidler

Macbeth, L. Jodow (Rosse), David Harewood (Macduff) JR

Rosse, L. Jodow; Macduff, David Harewood

Macbeth Susan Vidler (Lady Macbeth) JR

Lady Macbeth, Susan Vidler

Macbeth, Graham Bryan (Malcolm), Martin O'Brian (Seyton), Ray Winstone (Duncan) JR

Malcolm, Graham Bryan; Seyton, Martin O’Brian; Duncan, Ray Winstone



































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Thanks to costume designer, Janice Rider, for sharing these photos.

Macbeth on the Estate was a 1997 adaptation of Macbeth and set on the Ladywood Estate in Birmingham.

The director was Penny Woolcock, with Alison Gilby as the producer.

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook group:

Julian Hitchcock: ‘Juliet Bravo: yes,- if I didn’t work on all productions, it was close.
The History Man: yes,- I was the floor assistant. And what a great cast, too: Anthony Sher, Michael Hordern, Geraldine James. I even appeared in it myself: as Michael’s hand swiftly shutting a blind or curtain.’

The Sheik of Pickersgill – Janice Rider

Specially shot video with costume designer, Janice Rider, talking about the 1978 Pebble Mill drama, ‘The Sheik of Pickersgill’.

‘The Sheik of Pickersgill’ was written by Mike Stott. ‘Sheik Fahmi wants to learn to speak English in three weeks in the soccer centre of the world. When he arrives at the Academy, with his supply of banknotes, the residents of Pickersgill cannot believe their luck.’

The play was directed by Alan Dosser.  It starred Anthony Sher, Richard Wilson, Diana Davies, and Eileen O’Brien.