Sunday, June 27, 2010

More amateur dramatics

I am intrigued to find out more about Mr F E Archer Smith. Judging from this and the other programme I published he wrote, acted in and produced plays around North Bucks. This one from Fenny Stratford's Town Hall, and it must be remembered that at this time Fenny Stratford was a more significant town than Bletchley.
Judging from the cast names the plays appear to be "of their time" in that the characters were mainly drawn from the aristocracy or upper middle classes. Working class people only appear as minor characters as servants or villains, known by surnames only, like "Hawkins" or "Shrivens".


Roger Kitchen said...

I wonder whether the Mr E.R. Staniford mentioned in the cast list is the father of Ron Staniford, co-founder and editor of The Bletchley Gazette?

Bryan Dunleavy said...

It might be possible to identify him. In the Church Institute performance he plays the character called Shrivins and is probably the one on the right hand side of the photo wearing the striped jersey. Obviously a villain!!