1957 Birmingham Lecture

1957 – just five years before Irene Mawer’s death (though of course she could not have known that at the time). 

Ruby Ginner had retired, and Miss Mawer now held the post of Senior Tutor and Lecturer at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art, which was founded, owned and run by her friend of many years, Pamela Chapman.

The typeface used on the A5 flyer is an unusual choice, reminiscent of a ‘wanted’ poster in a cowboy film!  It is also notable that there is no formal charge for entry to the lecture-recital, entry is free, with donations being taken if anyone wishes to give.  I don’t believe that Mawer was a wealthy woman at this point in her life, so I am surprised to find that she was still ‘working’ for free.  Possibly her intention was to give a helping hand to amateur members of the community theatre, or possibly it was to drum up new customers in the form of new students.  Either way, she would have been 64 years old – and obviously still going strong!

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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