MEMORABILIA – FEBRUARY 2017 ADDITIONS,
The new Memorabilia added in February 2017 includes several more Productions, Re-Union Galleries, Memories of former members, YouTube linked films and more photographs from the Performing Arts Projects funded by the CMMF – plus a number of cast lists – so browse on!
Productions – A selection of photographs, scripts, programmes, cast lists, reports and newspaper clippings for:
- 1959 Rose & The Ring – 1964 Life is Like That – 1965 Babes in The Woods – 1966 Old King Cole – 1970 Dick Whittington – 1974 Four One Act Plays – plus a Feature Photograph for the presently undated play – Hip Hip Horatious
- Plus some full and partial Cast Lists for Spot The Lady, Baa Baa Black Sheep, On Monday Next, Aladdin and Babes in The Wood which were included in the website at its launch
Re -Union Galleries
- 2012 – Photographs from the Re-Union held at the County Hotel in Woodford Green,
- 2012 – Photographs from the meeting to form the CMMF held at the County Hotel in Woodford Green,and
- 2014 – A selection of the photographs taken by Dick and Denis at this Re-Union held at the Royal Forest Hotel in Chingford
Memories – including links to films on YouTube
- Some thoughts from John Payne about his early days at the Drama Club – The words of Barry Elliott’s ‘Birthday Cake Song’ from the 1967 Pantomime ‘Captain Blood’ as recalled (and sung at the time) by June and Norma (in the Bar of a Hotel) – plus the latest, anonymous, account of the ‘Alfred The Great’s Exploding Cake Incident’ and some amusing programme notes from the 1970 production of Dick Whittington – as penned by Gordon Aylott
- ‘John, Gordon & Ray’s other Hobby’ – a short film extract from John Cade’s Home Movies – linked ere with the kind agreement of Brenda and her family, and
- ‘Dickie‘ – a film of Dick playing 2 extracts and ending with the 2nd Movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – his favourite piece! These are all taken from the DVD of ‘An Evening with Richard Dunn’ – which he presented in Chingford in 2013 and are linked on the website with the kind agreement of Vivienne and the Dunn family
CMMF Activity Projects
- A Feature photograph (our only one – but some video extracts to follow at a later date) of Jenny Manser (Lepley’s) joint ‘Macbeth’ Project between Thornage Hall Community Farm and Aylsham High School
- The Photo Gallery from Ray Aylott’s ‘Lives Not Knives’ project with young people from The Harwich & Dovercourt High School, that complements the film and documentary already linked to the MDC via Youtube
- The Photo Gallery of June and Denis’s son Philip’s ‘Transition Project’ – written, devised and performed by senior pupils from Eastbrook School in Dagenham and performed at a number of nearby primary schools
- The Photo Gallery of ‘A View from the Street’ to accompany the documentary film linked to YouTube, made by Dave Morgan’s daughter Karen and a group of young men that she was working with in the aftermath of the tragic death of one of their friends.
Markhouse School Page
- A small number of further photographs have been added – including a couple of class groups and John Jones, Les Smith & Derek Stewart from the school staff
- And – if you have more in your own collection and would be happy for them to appear of this part of the website – then please get in touch!
- Edited extracts from the most recent edition
GOOD NEWS – Dick’s ‘walthamstowhistory.com website!
After our initial hosting of Dick’s ‘walthamstowhistory.com’ website, we made arrangements for this to be taken over by the Walthamstow Pump House Museum. Just before the end of the year we discovered that our link to this was no longer responding and, subsequently, that the site had been taken off line – and we therefore assumed the museum had, as anticipated, taken all the information that they needed from Dick’s ‘transport’ memorabilia and either absorbed the site into their own, or decided not to continue hosting it.
However, to cut a long story short, we subsequently discovered that not all of the original transfer arrangements had been ‘taken up’ and so, quite fortuitously, we found that ‘we’ still owned the site; also that the archivists at ‘walthamstowmemories.com’ had been trying to track down both the site – and its ownership – as they were keen to see the site continue – in its entirety!
So – really good news all round – as we have now agreed with Vivienne that we should enable ‘walthamstowmemories.com’ to take over full ownership and, all things being equal, their ‘temporary’ version of Dick’s site will be fully restored and back on line in due course!
And – if you have not already done so, have a look at this site – a really interesting view of our former town – including some Markhouse School photographs!
Earlier MDC Websites.
If you search ‘Markhouse Drama Club’ on the web you may still find a couple of sites that were used whilst this present one was being developed. These will either have had all the MDC information removed or, in the case of drama.com (wordpress) and markhousedramaclub (simple site) there may, in the short term, still be some material shown. These were ‘free’ sites and it is hoped that these will be removed in due course.