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Rushen Players were so tremendously blessed to have such a consummate actress
and director as Vera. She was part of a rock-solid trio - Don Williamson, Stan Woollock
& Vera Moon. Tho' each had completely different styles of
directing, they always exacted the highest standards from their cast and crew.
Real Old-School and it paid-off in spades, giving Rushen Players a reputation
for top-class productions, as good as any professionals.
But, oh, what
aching pathos did she extract from her kindly but careworn Mrs Culfeathers, in The
Steamie (byTony Roper) - truly heart-breaking. There was not a dry eye
in the house after her moving soliloquy, delivered in a gentle Hebridean
accent. That scene was a master-class in fine acting. Then, moments later, she
brought the house down with tears of laughter as sweet and gentle Mrs
Culfeathers, professed a liking for
‘the whisky’. My goodness, no one knew how to work an audience better than
our Vera!! She played Mrs Culfeathers both times in our two
productions of The Steamie.
Many of Vera's 'finds' were gleaned
from the Theatre Festival in the Hills at Pitlochry, where she and John
would go annually, flying up in John's plane, for a week of excellent theatre.
Another thing, Vera loved our Erin Arts Centre with a passion.
I haven't mentioned the iconic red hat! That was her emblem, her statement. Vera. All round Port Erin, such a familiar sight, Vera out and about, stopping to chat with the world and his wife. Such a winning smile she had and such interest in everything and everybody (encounters which often led to the recruiting of a new member for the Players). What a lady. We will always remember you, Vera and, as we think of you, we too will smile.
Adrienne Sanderson - January 2019
Vera Lilian Moon (1925 - 2018)
Born in Walkden, Lancashire, 4th October 1925
Grew up in Baker and Confectioner’s shop. Father was owner / proprietor.
Her Mother died when aged 10.
Attended Farnworth Grammar School.
Joined WRNS as aircraft engineer repairing carrier fleet aircraft.
Lost sight in one eye following accident repairing American Grumman aircraft.
Joined Telephone Rentals, Manchester, as PA (with shorthand and typing) to the Director.
Married John Moon, telephone engineer.
Her, Son, John Dalton Moon, born 1953.
Trained as a teacher in 1961 and took up a post teaching in Charlestown Junior School, Manchester.
Obtained first her motorcycle, then her car driving licence, her first car being a primrose yellow Triumph Courier van, (van version of the Triumph Herald Estate). Driving with her was always interesting, as with only one eye, she had no 3D vision.
Keen member of Amateur Dramatic Society.
Deputy Headship at Bowker Vale Junior School, Manchester.
Moved to Port Erin, Isle of Man in 1974.
Initially taught at Castle Rushen High School.
Moved to Deputy Head, Victoria Road Junior School, Castletown.
Left teaching to work with her son at Moon’s Garage, Castletown, serving petrol and running shop.
Throughout her time on Island, a keen member of Rushen Players, Port Erin. A good actress and director, she constantly tried to be as polished and professional as possible.
Followed her son, John, to work at Woodgate Aviation, Ronaldsway Airport.
Started Freelance Players, a new dramatic group with young people.
Vera in the WRNS
Vera Thanksgiving 9th January 2019
|Vera's Production Credits with Rushen Players|
Vera's last public performance - Albert and the Lion by Edgar Marriott
at Rushen Heritage Trust
Pierrot Show on 29th & 30th September 2017 click here