The Seven Ages of Ma’am

Walmer Castle 1990

Big ideas on a grand scale, it seems, still have a place in this country as Bow Gamelan and Welfare State have proved. When it also includes community involvement, then you have something pretty special. Luke Dixon was the director behind what may be one of the most unusual celebrations honouring the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. The Seven Ages of Ma’am – an evening of entertainment scripted by Noel Greig, music supplied by the Royal Marines and staged in the grounds of Walmer castle, the Queen Mother’s official residence as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. On the face of it, it was an unlikely mix, bringing together performers from what are generally considered distinctively dissimilar elements of chic radicalism and staunch conservatism. But then, it’s entirely appropriate for Dixon who is also producing The Winter’s Tale at Walmer Castle in August (with Greig as Leontes) and who, in the past three years has staged Pericles on the battlements of Deal Castle and Hippolyta’s Wedding (from The Dream) on the town’s pier. Dixon is nothing if not a man of paradoxes combining a highly developed sense of theatre with an adventurous imagination and a flair for the off beat. Four years on, Deal has taken the Deal Theatre Project to its heart. It was the town’s idea that they should celebrate the Queen Mum’s birthday and, says Dixon ‘We see it as a part of our function that we should be facilitators to make that happen.’  Carole Woddis. The Stage.


We have no cast list for this show in our archive. If you were in it, or saw it and have a copy of the programme – do get in touch!