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Documents - Concerts & Plays

Annual end of year Plays and/or Concert Parties arranged and performed by the cadets were a regular feature from 1859 to 1948. For concerts members of the choir featured prominently. Up to 1924 the concerts were generally performed by cadets dressed as Pierrot Troupes wearing white clown oufits with pointed hats but sometimes they were  "blacked-up" as Minstrels.

In 1947 a play reading group started and the members decided to put on a play which was not a great success. However from 1951 the concerts seem to have stopped and instead a well organised play was performed for cadets and parents as part of the Summer Weeked. That tradition continued until at least 1970.

The links below are to programmes/reviews/cast list etc. There are a few gaps where The Cadet makes no mention of any performance. Please email me if you can fill in any gaps

1876 Concert Programme
1889 Concert Party
1889 Rough Diamond by J. B. Buckstone
1890 Concert Party
1892 Minstrel Concert
1892 A Play
1896 Minstrel Concert
1898 Minstrels Concert
1898 Ici En Parle Francais by Thomas J. Williams
1899 Concert Party
1900 Concert Party
1901 Concert Party
1903 Concert Party also performed ashore
1904 Entertainment  Link 2 by visiting performers
1904 Concert Party
1905 Staff Concert
1905 Easter Minstrel Concert
1905 Poor Pillycoddy - a play
1906 Easter Entertainment by visiting performers
1906 Summer Entertainment by visiting performers
1906 Area Bell - a play
1907 Entertainment   Link2  by visiting performers
1907 Easter Pierrot Concert  Link2
1907 Xmas Concert Party
1908 Concert Party
1909 Entertainment by visiting conjurer
1909 Easter Concert Party
1909 Oct 21 Concert Party
1909 Xmas Entertainment Link2  Link3  the conjurer returns
1909 Xmas Concert Party
1910 Sing Song
1910 Easter Minstrels Concert  Link2
1910 Xmas Box & Cox by John Maddison Morton
1910 Xmas Concert Party   Link2
1911 Concert Party
1911 Summer Sing Song
1911 Xmas Sing Song
1911 Xmas Chiselling - play
1912 Concert by visiting performers
1912 Ici En Parle Francais by Thomas J. Williams
1913 Turn Him Out  - play
1914 Concert  Link2 two concerts by visiting performers
1914 Minstrels Concert   Link2
1914 Dec Cadet Capts Concert
1914 Dec The Rendezvous - play
1915 Pierrot Concert  Link2  also given ashore for the Red Cross
1916 Pierrot Concert
1917 ???
1918 My Lord In Livery by Spenser Theyre Smith
1919 Glee Club Concert
1919 Black Magic - play
1920 Pierrot Concert
1921 Pierrot Concert
1922 Pierrot Concert
1923 Entertainment  first concert provided onboard by The London Hospital Three
1923 Minstrels Concert   Link2
1924 Minstrels Concert
1924 Entertainment second concert provided onboard by The London Hospital Three
1925 Entertainment third concert provided onboard by The London Hospital Three
1926 Entertainment Provided onboard by Mr Bell
1926 Concert Party The Brigands
1927 Concert Party
1927 Entertainment  Provided onboard by The Wayfarers Troup
1928 Concert Party  Link2
1929 Concert Party Summer
1929 Concert Party Xmas   Link2
1930 Hawleys of the High Street. Play performed onboard by the St Paul's, Tranmere Amateur Dramatic Society (the first play they had performed onboard)
1930 Concert Party  Link2
1931 Concert Party
1931 The Whole Town's Talking. Play performed onboard by the St Paul's, Tranmere Amateur Dramatic Society (the second play they had performed onboard)
1931 Tilly of Bloomsbury. Link2   Play performed onboard by the St Paul's, Tranmere Amateur Dramatic Society (the third play they had performed onboard)
1932 Sing Song Concert
1932 The Lilies In The Field. Play performed onboard by the St Paul's, Tranmere Amateur Dramatic Society (the fourth play they had performed onboard)
1933 Well Caught Play performed onboard by the St Paul's, Tranmere Amateur Dramatic Society (the fifth play they had performed onboard)
1933 Concert Party
1934 Concert Party  Link2
1935 Concert Party  Link2   Link3
1936 ???
1937 Concert Party
1938 Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
1938 Concert Party
1939 ???
1940 Concert Party
1941 ???
1942 ???
1943 ???
1944 Concert Party
1946 Concert Party
1947 The Grand Cham's Diamond by Allan Monkhouse
1947 Concert Party
1948 Concert Party
1949 ???
1950 ???
1951 Richard II by William Shakespeare
1952 Zzip Go The Stars by
1953 St Joan by George Bernard Shaw
1954 Journey's End by R. C. Sherriff
1955 Morning Departure by Kevin Woollard. Staged on June 18th 1955 for two performances only, it was a drama about submarine S14 that had suffered an underwater explosion. Set in two locations, one in the boats control room and the other at the shore base coordinating the rescue efforts. Review
1956 Rope by Patrick Hamilton  Review
1957 Laburnum Grove by J B Priestley
1958 Play replaced by an exhibition Science & The Sea
1959 The Strong Are Lonely by Fritz Hochwälder
1960 The Nobleman's Son
1961 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
1962 The Summer weekend included four performances of a one act play (title not known) and a magic display by Mr Fozard.
1963 Three One Act Plays: The Strolling Clerk From Paradise, Joan of Arc, The Proposal
1964 Arsenic & Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
1965 See How They Run by Philip King
1966 Reluctant Heroes by Colin Morris
1967 Duke In Darkness by Patrick Hamilton
1968 Simple Spymen by John Chapman
1969 My Three Angels by Samuel and Bella Spewack
1970 One For The Pot by Michael Newbold
1971 ???
1972 ???
1973 ???
1974 ???

 

 

 



 
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