Were you a Tommy extra 40 years ago?

Sean Ridley plays Tommy in CCADS stage adaptation of The Who movie
Sean Ridley plays Tommy in CCADS stage adaptation of The Who movie
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Were you one of the hundreds of locals who took part as audience extras at the Kings Theatre and other locations around Portsmouth in Ken Russell’s film of The Who’s Tommy during the summer of 1974?

The original film version of Tommy tells the story of a young man so damaged by childhood experiences that he appears deaf, dumb and blind until he discovers he has a prodigious talent for playing pinball.

Forty years on, local award-winning theatre company CCADS bring The Who’s (Pete Townshend’s) stage musical adaptation of the film to the Kings Theatre, Southsea from June 19 until June 21.

CCADS artistic director John-Paul McCrohon is looking to invite the 1974 film extras along to the Kings Theatre on Monday, May 19 at 7pm.  

John-Paul and the CCADS cast of Tommy are keen to meet the original extras and hear about their experiences during the making of the film. Anyone attending is also encouraged to bring along any memorabilia that they have from the filming.

Extras looking to attend on the day or to share a story should contact CCADS secretary Maria Pegden on 07834 367659 or e-mail mariapegden@gmail.com.

During the event visitors can have their photograph taken on the Kings stage with the original Kings and Queens pinball machine that was used during the Pinball Wizard sequence in the film. Tickets for the CCADS show will also be on sale.

Tickets for Tommy at the Kings cost from £10-£15. Call the Kings on (023)9282 8282 or visit kings-southsea.co.uk for more information.