Item BCA - 2018.1531 - The WI Drama group in their performances

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BCA - 2018.1531

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The WI Drama group in their performances

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  • 1924 to 1973 (Creation)

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pdf of 42 photos and scans

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Bampton WI put on plays from as early as 1924. One photograph records that 1924 group production which won them the Oxford Federation Drama Cup. The majority of pictures and programs are from the 1960s and early 1970s.
untitl38 - Bampton Drama Group in the Village Hall in the first half of the 20th century.
img845/6/7/8 - 4 pictures. Two photos plus 2 pages of Hughes-Owens' notes to the two pictures. The WI had a thriving drama group. In May 1924 the won the silver cup for their production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'. In the 1930s they did full length plays of 'A School For Scandal', 'The Farmer's Wife' and 'The Pink Lady'. Arthur Colivle of Weald Manor was almost the only man willing to join the drama group and he usually took the leading male role and by all accounts gave a very professional performance.
img086 - Newspaper report Bampton WI February meeting. drama group will perform "Babes In The Wood" later in the month. Also mentioned in the article, a talk on the care and choice of carpets by Peter Smith, a local carpet manufacturer who brought samples to illustrate his talk.
img109 - Miss Cooper taking part in a WI drama group play. She shared a home in The Pound, behind the three little cottages in Bushey Row with Miss Warren. "Miss Cooper was a gardener and Miss Warren was a dressmaker. Miss Cooper used to teach children to swim in the Isle of White brook (Great Brook). When I was a child there were no bushes on the bank by the bridge so families and children would often take picnics there and paddle. Miss Cooper was not very successful with me because I can remember her dangling me by my swimsuit straps in a deep hole under the bank and telling me to kick my legs! Once children could swim, they graduated to the sluices where the water was deeper. She went to church every Sunday - (I’ve got a feeling she could have been a churchwarden at one time) and I remember being impressed because she always wore a flowery, cotton dress. During the week she always wore men’s clothes while she was gardening. Vera [Elward] thinks Miss Cooper was related to the Coopers who were farmhands at Mount Owen Farm, which at that time was owned by the Smiths. The Coopers, who had a number of daughters lived in a cottage at the farm. After they moved away, one of the daughters used to come and stay with Miss Cooper" quote from Janet Newman.
img461 – The WI drama group in 1967.
img459 - The WI drama group. Janette Keyte is on the extreme left. Audrey Court is on the left of the three ladies seated behind the table.
img462 - The WI drama group in Aladdin. Cast members include, Lynne Rouse, Sylvia Barney, Betty Court, Linda Smith, Hilda Pickard, Josephine Keyte, Vera Elward, Audrey Court, Joan Keyte, Carol Court, Janet Elward.
img755 - The WI drama group. These are the names written on the back of the Drama group photo 2015.2553. Lynne Rouse, Sylvia Barney, Betty Court, Linda Smith, Hilda Pickard, Josephine Keyte, Vera Elward, Audrey Court, Joan Keyte, Carol Court, Janet Elward.
img466 – The WI Drama group.
img467 – The WI Drama group.
img737 - Page 1 of a letter from the WI drama group to Joan Keyte wishing her well in her new home in Hampshire and saying how much they will all miss her.
img738 - Page 2 of a letter from the WI drama group to Joan Keyte wishing her well in her new home in Hampshire and saying how much they will all miss her. It is signed by Janette Keyte, Hilda Pickard, Vera Elward, Betty Collett, Angela Collette, Jane Passmore, Margaret Wythes, Claire Wythes, A Tanner, Audrey Court, Penny Shergold, Sylvia Barney, Joan Buckingham, M E Rouse, Joan Buckingham, Bridget Shergold, Louise Lovell.
img740 – The WI Drama group
img742 - The Bampton WI Drama group program for 'The Plot Thickens' and 'Babes In The Wood.' The plays were produced by Hilda Pickard and the pianist was Vera Elward.
img743 - The Bampton WI Drama. The plays were produced by Hilda Pickard and the pianist was Vera Elward. The cast in 'The Plot Thickens' left to right:- Joan Keyte, Sylvia Barney, Vera Elward, Ada Tanner, Dorothy Smith, Mary Witt.
img744 - This is the back of the photograph img743.
img745 - The Bampton WI drama group players in 'Babes In The Wood.' The plays were produced by Hilda Pickard and Vera Elward frequently played the piano for them. The cast list with the parts they played can be seen in entry number img742. "left to right: back row – Jill Draper, Betty Lock, Theresa Lock, Mavis Clack, Audrey Court, Elizabeth Strutt (she was a teacher at Bampton School working with Mary Farmer. She lodged at our house while I was away in London” - quote from Janet Newman). Front row: Rachel Foreshew, Lynne Wheeler, Lorraine Barton, Gail Wheeler.
img747 - The Bampton WI drama group. Front cover of the program for Jack and The Beanstalk, January 27th and 28th 1965.
img748 - The Bampton WI drama group. The program for 'Jack and The Beanstalk' showing the cast and the parts they played and where each scene is set in Act 1 and Act 2.
img749 and 749a - The Bampton WI drama group. The players in 'Jack and The Beanstalk' performed January 27th and 28th 1965. Back row left to right, Mary Witt, Ada Tanner, Marion Clark, Carol Court, Janet Elward, Audrey Court, Sylvia Barney, Joan Keyte, Keith Barney & Stuart Clark as the cow. Girls left to right are Susan Taylor, Rachel Foreshew, Esther Green, Lorraine Barton, Gail Wheeler, Anne Moreton, Jackie Brooks, Angela Wooloff.
img750 – back of img749.
img751 - The Bampton WI drama group. The players in 'Jack and The Beanstalk' performed January 27th and 28th 1965. Back row left to right, Mary Witt, Ada Tanner, Marion Clark, Carol Court, Janet Elward, Audrey Court, Sylvia Barney, Joan Keyte, Keith Barney & Stuart Clark as the cow. Girls left to right are Susan Taylor, Rachel Foreshew, Esther Green, Lorraine Barton, Gail Wheeler, Anne Moreton, Jackie Brooks, Angela Wooloff.
img752 - The Bampton WI drama group. 'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.' Janet Elward as Aladdin, Joan Keyte as the Emperor.
img754 - The Bampton WI drama group. The whole cast of 'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.' See entry img751 for who played which character.
img757 - The Bampton WI drama group. Part of the story line in 'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp' included this group who called themselves the Beatless. They mimed to a Beatles song.
img758 - The Bampton WI drama group. This is written on the back of the picture of The Beatless img757. It says Carol Hampton far right, Josephine Keyte, Audrey Court. Audrey has a feather in her hat and is holding a broom handle.
img756 - The Bampton WI drama group. A newspaper report about the production of 'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.' It also mentions the annual British Legion Children's party which was held in the WI Hall and was attended by over 100 children and their mothers. It was an event many children looked forward to each year.
img761 - The Bampton WI drama group. The autumn 1996 productions of 'One Hour to Dusk' and 'Poor Mr Shakespeare' showing the characters and cast. Cast members in 'One Hour to Dusk' include Audrey Court, Betty Lock, Mary Witt, Betty Griffiths, Sylvia Barney and Joan Keyte, Players in 'Poor Mr Shakespeare' include Vera Elward, Joan Keyte, Mavis Clack, Janette Keyte, Carol Court, Alice Peacock, Sylvia Barney, Ada Tanner and the producer for both plays was Hilda Pickard.
img765 - The Bampton WI drama group. Some of the cast of 'Poor Mr Shakespeare.' They include Hilda Pickard, Ada Tanner, Mavis Clack, Janette Keyte and Carol Court.
img766 - The Bampton WI drama group. Some of the cast of 'Poor Mr Shakespeare' seen in the photograph 2015.2577. They include Hilda Pickard, Ada Tanner, Mavis Clack, Janette Keyte and Carol Court.
img767 - The Bampton WI drama group. Witney & West Oxfordshire Gazette September 23rd 1966. This newspaper cutting gives a really full account of the two plays performed in one evening, the serious and suspense filled 'One Hour to Dusk' and the light and amusing 'Poor Mr Shakespeare.' It was expected that £23 would be raised during the evening which would go towards the new stage which is being made.
img786 - Bampton WI drama group present 'The Stolen Prince' in summer 1966. This is the cast list and the parts they played. They include Mary Witt, Carol Court, Sylvia Barney, Joan Keyte, Vera Elward, Josephine Keyte, Ada Tanner, Gill Draper, Mavis Clack, Audrey Court, Marilyn Edward, Julie Powel, Annette Kearsey and Winifred Harrison.
img787 - Bampton WI drama group. Spring review, April 24th 1969. 'The Last Laugh' with Dorothy Smith, Janette Keyte, Vera Elward, Ada Tanner, Sylvia Barney and Hazel Henly. 'United We Stand' with Betty Collett, Janette Keyte, Hazel Henly and Sylvia Barney. 'Bride At Last' with Ada Tanner, Joan Keyte, Mavis Clack, Vera Elward and Betty Collett. Pianist was Vera Elward and producer was Hilda Pickard. The young ladies were Angela Collett, Susan Tukes, Lynne Wheeler and Pearl Paintin. Proceeds from the Review were put to the fund for providing emergency relief in Bampton.
BA8307 – A stage production at Weald Manor.

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