Theatrical performance 1945 ?
Can anyone add any information about this photograph? I believe it shows a performance of “Ali Baba” or something similar. I think it was taken about 1945. I can identify some of the cast, vis- the lady in the centre is Mrs Butler, to the right is my mother, Kathleen (Kitty) Stickland. Next left is Mrs Houser. To the left of centre is Mrs Dodge (?), the next left is Mrs Eady Chester. On the far left, the large lady is Mrs Butler senior. In the front row holding something unknown is Miss Jean Chester.
There appears to be a large animal in the left corner, perhaps a bull.
This picture was given to me by Jean West nee Chester. Jean lived with her mother Eady in a tiny wooden bungalow called “The Nest”, in Pipps Hill Road near the junction with Wash road. Amazingly this property is still there and looks as I remember it in the 1950s.
I would particularly like to know the collective name of this company, as my mother was a very keen member of these local groups. Her speciality was I think impersonating Vesta Tilly, the music hall star. I can remember seeing mum dressed in top hat and tails singing “Burlinton Bertie from Bow”. Jean was born in about 1936 and can remember travelling in a coach to local towns and villages with these ladies to put on performances. This would have been in the late 40s and early 50s. She tells me that some of the village halls only had paraffin lamps for lighting.
I hope this jogs some memories, as I would dearly like to know more about my mothers “theatrical career”. What wonderful communities we had back them before television and computers made us so insular!
With fond memories of old Laindon.
Editor: A close-up of the camel taken from the Roselake website