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  • Touch of Thirties evening was a ‘memorable’ event

    By Ron Ellis

    A Touch Of The Thirties

    Southport Dramatic Club

    Little Theatre, Southport

    SOUTHPORT Dramatic Club celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the opening of their Southport Little Theatre with a Gala Supper Concert for their subscribers and friends.

    Chairman Brendan Gillow welcomed guests who were offered canapés and glass of bubbly followed by a two course buffet supper.

    Ray Mann read a letter from Sir Kenneth Branagh sending his best wishes and congratulations to the company.

    Ray also reminded us that we should be proud that, out of the numerous little theatres in the country, ‘our exquisite Art Deco building’ is one of only three purpose built buildings, the others being housed in converted churches, school halls, factories etc.

    After a fine meal, guests gathered in the auditorium where Vera Burns and Margaret Hill, two members who were at the opening night in 1937, each gave a short speech.

    There then followed the Touch of the Thirties Concert, directed by Margaret Mann, a lively song and dance show where members of the society and the Youth Theatre performed songs from that era including Tea for Two (Diane Mackley & Arnold Gorse), Top Hat, White Tie & Tails (Peter Forshaw, Rob McGregor & dancers), Lullaby of Broadway (Eleanor Gillow, Layla Carlin & Charlotte Webster) and an acapella version of The Way You Look Tonight (Stephen Hughes Alty and chorus).

    Mike Yates and Helen Pickavance performed a short extract from Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Trudi Hirsch gave a brief history of the theatre.

    It was an occasion none of those present will forget. An evening of nostalgia, meeting old friends and reminiscing about the past whilst enjoying a fine meal and superb entertainment.

    Star Rating: 10 out of 10. A thoroughly memorable occasion

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