Highlands & Geraldine White. 1935

Southend Standard

18 July 1935

This news clipping talks about ‘Highlands’ which was confusing to me, as the Highlands generally means Scotland.  However, in this case, given that there is mention of Hadleigh, plus the newspaper being called the Southend Standard, I would think this is Hadleigh in South Suffolk.  In addition, the article is in regard to a branch meeting – but a branch of what?  I am guessing it was the Women’s Institute (WI).

A lecture-demonstration on the history of mime was given by Miss Geraldine White, who is described as a pupil of Irene Mawer, so I would imagine that Geraldine was either a student or graduate of the Ginner-Mawer School.

The content of the lecture-demonstration sounds very familiar, and was presumably based on the lecture-demonstrations that Miss Mawer herself gave (drama from the time of the Romans to present day).  We can see, then, that the Ginner-Mawer pupils are spreading out and taking on the role of making mime more known about within the general public and that it was also ‘a necessary part of the curriculum in most schools of dramatic art’.


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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