Before the advent of entertainment as we know it today, people in the northwest were to a greater extent dependent upon its own resources for any form of popular entertainment. This week’s photo theme are the Dramatic Clubs from Ulverstone, Stanley and Penguin. Hope you will find an ancestor or two here.
Operetta A Nautical Knot or the Belle of Barnstapoole staged at Stanley Town Hall in October 1908
Back row from left to right: V Ferguson, A W Penrose, G Anderson and Ira Ferguson. Second row: W Montgomery, F Ferguson, Mrs Williscroft, Miss Phillips, Harold A Kirby (secretary), Oscar H Padfield (stage manager), Miss Ida Poke, John Holmes and H G Spicer (manager). Third row: W Williscroft, G H Anderson, Miss Enid Bradley, Mrs A Bertram Cowle (musical directress), Miss Laurel Anthony and D Lucadou-Wells. Front row: Misses M Stokes, Isabella Stuart, Rhoda Patridge, Holly Anthony, Queenie Young, Gertrude Hutson and Amy Button.
Don Boncicault’s drama, the Octoroon staged at the Ulverstone Town Hall in January 1908
Back row from left to right: J Titmus, J Purton, T Shaw, unknown and True. Second row: F Greamsey, R Littlechild, unknown, J Preece, R Hickman, F Matthews and R Hall. Third row: A Quantrill, Wood, Mrs Mansfield, J Bishop-Osborne (stage manager), Mrs Hickman, F Simpson and G Taylor. Front row: V Skinner, L Taylor, G Taylor, E Matthews and G Matthews.
J D Byron's comedy, Our Boys, staged at the Penguin Town Hall in November 1914