P&P Origins v2


Poole and Parkstone Productions.
Volume 2 1938-1950s


1938 to 1940


In the programme for the 1938 production, The Chairman (PJ) complained that, “after all these years of presenting Gilbert and Sullivan we have been stampeded into doing a so-called modern show – The Desert Song .
At a meeting on September 24th 1939 the committee postponed the planned performance of Maid of the Mountains indefinitely. The Society would try to stay together by means of social evenings and dances (if restrictions permitted). The aim was to be one of community service by means of concert work. Bert Wilcox offered the loan of a “pingpong” table.

Concerts were given to the troops or to raise money for charities. By early 1940 Amy Welsley had made a record one hundred concert appearances since war had begun.

This spirit was infectious. It was decided to reverse the earlier decision and to present Maid of the Mountains despite the war. It was received by an enthusiastic public at the Regent Theatre in July 1940.
But, by late 1940, the pressures and restrictions of a country at war, transport difficulties, blackout and the rest proved too much. On Armistice Day 1940 Mrs Tice proposed that the Society close down for the duration but that we pay Ten Shillings a year to the Emerson Hall for the storage of the piano and the contents of our cupboard. Carried!

1946 to 1949

The Reformation

At the first post war meeting on November 5th 1946 a letter of resignation from P J Knight was read to the members. He had served the Society well. Much of our archive material was kindly presented to us by his son Brian.
Over £2000 had been donated to the hospital by this time but when our own assets were counted the list read:

                          Cash in the Bank                             £16

                          One National Saving Certificate              £30

One typewriter of dubious characters.

And a piano.

The first post war production was Iolanthe followed by The Arcadians Lord Llewellyn of Uptown became President following the resignation of Alderman Caner who had done so much for us, but whose health was now failing. It looked as though the G&S image was returning until, in 1948, a letter was received from R D’Oyly Carte refusing permission for P&P to stage The Mikado because his own Company might be coming to Bournemouth in the Autumn; Also, he had already given provisional permission to the newly formed Bournemouth G&S Society to perform it in November. The 1949 production of Yeomen of the Guard was the last time that we sang G&S, on the big stage until “Thanks for the Memory” and the more recent updated versions of “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Hot Mikado”.

The Fifties.

My Fair Lady cast

As a result of the show £366 was donated to the Poole Old Folks Welfare and Housing Society. It is of interest to note that, these days, we invest well over £30,000 in our Spring production and, even with every seat sold, we still lose several thousand pounds each time. Only your excellent support for our Autumn presentation allows us to refloat our finances and keep P&P viable. We thank you all.

The Fifties ended on a high note with The Merry Widow being released for amateur performance and proving to be very popular. Young Dennis Bowden was in the chorus.

Regent Theatre

End of Volume 2

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