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  The PGS Dramatic Society, Compiled by Brian Cook and Desmond Roberts  
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The Dramatic Society Archive contains photographs and programmes of school plays produced between 1931 and 1975. It was started by Geoff Dixon when he directed the productions and passed to Des Roberts when he took over. Des has provided me with the archive to scan the contents so that they can be posted on the Prescotian website. The archive is a loose-leaf volume as shown in the figure. A sheet of A4 paper has been placed on the cover to indicate the page size. Also shown is an image of a typical page. There can be up to seven pictures on a page.

Des Roberts expresses his feelings towards the Dramatic Society, "When Geoff Dixon asked me to take on the staging of the School Play,I was aware of the honourable tradition which had been established by the Drama Society. With the superb support of the Head,of many committed members of Staff,and of so many of the students in all aspects,we made a significant contribution to PGS education. I am grateful to so many colleagues and students for adding such a valuable experience to my teaching career. Brian Cook has worked hard in the compilation of the archive and is a most commendable venture in my opinion".

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Photographs exist for only three productions from the 1930s. These are, for 1931, contact prints from 120-size negatives; for 1932, contact prints from 116-size negatives and, for 1935, one plate of the cast. From 1940 to 1946, during the war, there were no productions. These resumed in 1947 with four one-act plays for which we have no pictures or programmes. From 1948 onwards a professional photographer took pictures at an arranged photo call. These typically include one of the cast, others of several scenes from the play and sometimes shots of the stagehands. Proofs were mounted on a poster in the corridor for prints to be ordered as in the example above from 1965. The illegible pencil script at the bottom says ‘NB orders (with money) to Mr Carter in Room 2 before 4.30 pm Tuesday 25th March’.

Programmes are not present for every play in the archive. A more complete collection, many of them photocopies, are in the official PGS archive in Kirkby Library where we anticipate this archive will be deposited.

Boys played female parts until 1968 but, from 1969, they were taken by girls from PGGS .


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