Markhouse Drama Club/Marsh Street Team progress to County Final
This unexpected find whilst researching items about the closure of the school, is a report and photograph from the Walthamstow Independent’s coverage of the 1966 Annual Youth Speaks Festival. This was not only a ‘lucky’ and welcomed find because of featuring Drama Club regulars Barry Elliot and Irene Long, but also confirmed that the MDC participation in this event went on longer than previously thought.
As the Website production pages have shown, up to now, the last known and reported MDC involvement in this competition was in February 1962; albeit that this was something of a joint enterprise with Marsh Street Youth Centre. This find has now, of course, also raised a question of whether there was any involvement between 1963 – 1965
So – very belated congratulations to ‘our team’ who won the semi final but, as Irene has been able to confirm, did not manage to maintain the winning streak and go on to win the County final held the following month.
However, it seems likely that the Independent would have also covered the final and hopefully some further research of their archives may well reveal some information about the MDC team’s subject matter and performance.
Given that a ‘1963/5 gap’ has now ‘appeared’ this further research of the archives may similarly reveal some further by MDC entries and reports into the website’s memorabilia