Unique in the History of the English Stage. 1935

Dancing Times


March 1935

The attached photograph shows one of Irene Mawer’s newspaper cuttings, which she kept in a scrapbook specially purchased for that purpose.  The news clippings range from 1933 – 1940 and show the process of evolution of the Institute of Mime, which Miss Mawer founded in 1933.

Today’s newspaper extract is a short and succinct paragraph explaining that the Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama would be taking part in a performance organised by the Institute of Mime.

Due to be held at the Rudolf Steiner Hall, on 2 march 1935 the event was heralded as probably unique in the history of the English stage.  Indeed, it would have been a fine show, with over one hundred performers, including students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA); Elsie Fogerty’s Central School of Speech and Drama; as well as the Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama.  In addition, a band of actors were due to travel from Scotland to London to take part and demonstrate the possibility of Scottish Ballads being used as themes for pictorial representation.  I covered this theme in my previous blog post, with the inclusion of the ballad of Tam Lin.

Miss Mawer deserves to be better known in the history of drama, so please like/share/comment, etc as this helps with the internet search engines.  Thank you.

Author: Janet Fizz Curtis

Janet Fizz Curtis is trained in the Irene Mawer Method of Mime and Movement and is now writing a book about the life of Irene Mawer.

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