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RepositoryNational Resource Centre for Dance Archive
Ref NoBB/N/13
TitleThe Ginner-Mawer School in Cheltenham 1947-1954
DescriptionThe Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama was evacuated during the Second World War to Boscastle in Devon. After the War the School could not return to its London premises due to damage and so it moved to premises in Cheltenham in 1947. This scrapbook documents Ginner's and Mawers' time there and includes articles and programmes relating to performances by the Ginner-Mawer Company, to the School itself, and to Ruby Ginner and Irene Mawer including news of their retirements from, and the closure of, the School in 1954.
Several other events happened in this period, Ginner was made a Freeman of Amphissa, Greece in 1948, the same year as Mawer's husband Mark Perugini died; The Greek Dance Association became affiliated with the ISTD Greek Branch in 1951 and Ginner was awarded the Gold Leaf commemorative medal and diploma by the Hellenic Red Cross for services to Greece in the 2nd World War.

Detailed contents:
Flyer announcing the change of venue for The Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama to The Civic Playhouse and Rotunda Dance Studios in Cheltenham from Autumn; brief article documenting the move from Boscastle; small poster and programme for a matinee by the Ginner Mawer Theatre Company at the Civic Playhouse Cheltenham, 19 November
Announcement of the death of M Perugini, the husband of Irene Mawer, in the Dancing Times November 1948. He died on 15 October.
Flyer for Festival of Drama at the Civic Playhouse, 16 March with a sold out label on; programme for Mime Parade by the Institute of Mime at the Fortune Theatre, 25-26 February, with reviews; flyer for and articles concerning a lecture recital by Ruby Ginner on The Art of Dance as a Force in Modern Education at the Town Hall in Cheltenham 2 June.
Flyer for Festival of Drama 3 and 4 May; programme and flyer for a lecture recital on mime at the Town Hall by Mawer, 1 June; flyer for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" open-air theatre at Pittville Gardens, 28 June - 15 July for which Ginner arranged the dances; flyer for the Ginner Mawer School classes for children; flyer and programme for performances at the Civic Playhouse, 14-16 December, with review
Publicity for a lecture-recital by Irene Mawer - Music, Dramperofa and the Arts in the Rhythm of life at the Town Hall, 25 February; small poster for 'acting examination performance matinees' by the students of the Ginner Mawer School produced by Mawer, 20 and 21 March; programme and flyer for "As you like it" at Pittville Gardens produced and directed by Mawer, 26 June - 14 July; publicity for the School with pictures; article regarding the School with a list of patrons including Sir Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, and John Gielgud; flyer for The Summoning of Everyman produced by Mawer at St Stephen's Church Cheltenham, 4-8 December, with reviews.
Flyer for acting examinations performance matinees, 18 and 19 March; article from the Journal of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, September, by Olive Ripman mentioning a demonstration given by Miss Ginner assisted by Nancy Sherwood and Keith Bunney; flyer for an Autumn Fair Grand Variety Concert at the Town Hall, 21 October, featuring the Ginner Mawer School; flyer and programme for The Joy of the Dance at the Civic Playhouse, 17 December, with reviews.
Reviews and programme for The National Display of Dancing at the Royal Albert Hall featuring Sherwood, Bunney, and Ginner-Mawer students, 27 February; flyer for acting examination performance, 17 March; small green coloured poster for 'Theatre Pie' at the Big Classical Theatre Cheltenham College, 20 and 21 November, with reviews, a flyer, a programme (featuring Miss Marguerite Steen speaking on the work of the School)
Flyer for acting examination matinee at the Civic Playhouse, 16 March, with reviews; articles concerning Ruby Ginner's retirement from teaching; leaflet announcing that the Ginner-Mawer School will close after July and Ginner and Mawer will both concentrate on lecturing and production - also announcing a one-day school on 28 July followed by a cocktail party, with a timetable and booking form.
There are some blank pages at the back of the book.
ArrangementMainly chronological
Extent1 blue scrapbook
Physical DescriptionSome folded material in the book
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/11112Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama; c.1914-1954c.1914-1954
DS/UK/P1515Mawer; Irene (1893-1962); Mime1893-1962
DS/UK/P1294Ginner; Ruby Mary Adeline (1886-1978); dance practitioner1886-1978
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