English Verse Speaking, Folkestone. 1935

12 Oct 1935


Reviewed as being ‘of exceptional interest and charm’, this newspaper article records a mime workshop given at the Grand hotel in Folkestone, for members of the English Verse Speaking Association.

Irene Mawer gave the mime lecture at the opening of the third session of the Folkestone branch of the English Verse Speaking Association.

I didn’t previously know that Miss Mawer was a patron of the English Verse Speaking Association.  In fact, I had never heard of this Association before.  A quick Google search proved fruitless.  I expect the name has changed over the years and the Association probably amalgamated with something else.  Another line of research for me…

Miss Mawer gave her usual lecture, tracing the history of mime right up to the present day (1935, in this case).  Following the lecture, Irene Mawer then gave a short mime demonstration which ‘marked Miss Mawer as a mistress of her art, and the enthusiastic applause of the audience showed their appreciation.’  I only wish that we could see a film of Irene Mawer in character: acting the part of an old lady remembering her lover and her youth, changed, by the removal of a shawl into a young girl, then back again into the old woman with her memories…


Internet search engines fail to find information about Irene Mawer, so please like/comment/share etc in the hope that she will become more well known.  Thank you.


Author: Janet Fizz Curtis

Janet Fizz Curtis is trained in the Irene Mawer Method of Mime and Movement.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *