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RepositoryNational Resource Centre for Dance Archive
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TitleRuby Ginner cuttings and photographs 1901-1910
DescriptionA scrapbook made from an alphabetical indexing book with handwritten page numbers (50p.).
The first page is inscribed 'R M A Ginner Xmas'.

The contents demonstrate evidence of Ginner in juvenile dramatic roles (in 1901 she was aged 15), working under and with Elsie Fogerty and the Crystal Palace Company. Ginner was a pupil of Elsie Fogerty at the Crystal Palace School of Art and Music (Science) and Literature until about 1905-6. From 1906 Ginner appears in performance as a member of Frank Benson's Company (he was the president of the School). From 1907 Ginner's name is associated with dance roles as well as a producer of dances and drama. At this time Ginner was a member of the Pivot Club (formed by past and present pupils of Elsie Fogerty) which in 1907 had fifty members. The scrapbook also documents a production of Et Puis Bonsoir in 1908 which was performed many times by Mawer and Ginner. A K Dyer appears as an actor in many pieces with Ginner and perhaps suggests how the couple met (they married in 1908).

Detailed contents:

1901: Programme for a play featuring Ginner as Robert - General Ferrar's nephew 29 November
1902: Programme for "The Alkestis"11-12 July in the School of Art, Crystal Palace, directed by Fogerty and featuring Ginner in the first chorus, also with a press cutting from the Norwood Review and three photographs of Ginner in Greek dress worn in the performance. Several photographs of Ginner as Jacqueline in The Queen's Jest which was performed at St Mary's Institute 25 November, also a programme for this performance; a review of the Crystal Palace Students concert mentioning Ginner with a programme
1903: A certificate for first place in the Member's prize for recitation by Ruby Ginner at The Children's Salon annual competitions 11 May 1903; a certificate awarded to Ginner for elocution class signed by Fogerty and Frank Benson - Ginner has also written the words of Viola which she recited for the exam; photographs and programme for a concert at St Barnabas' Parish Room 4-6 June in which Ginner played Lavinia May (The Broken Doll); several reviews mentioning Ginner's German recitation at a Crystal Palace students concert 21 July with a programme; photographs and programme for Ginner as Rosine 12 December, also at a students concert
1904: Elocution exam certificate 19 May and the words for Juliet; programme for a Matinee of Fancy Dancing at the Royal Albert Hall 4 May featuring Misses Genner [sic.] and Bonham Carter; photographs, programme and reviews for The "Antigone" of Sophocles with Ginner as Ismene; programme and review featuring Ginner's recitation of Goblin Market 20 December
1905: Elocution exam certificate 9 April; programme flyers featuring Ginner in Mehalah, The Rivals, and Romeo and Juliet (folded material)
1906: Programme flyer for 31 May featuring Ginner in Woodland Dances - also some magazine cuttings with pictures (folded material); hand drawn programme 1 May featuring Ginner in three separate performances including A Moon Maiden's Dance and a Spanish Dance, also a review of this; programme for Dramatic and Musical Recital at Pier Pavilion in Worthing 22 September; articles about Fogerty's "Atlanta in Calydon" featuring Ginner in the chorus
1907: Programme for performance in Cannes 1 February with Ginner as a dancer and actor with several reviews; photographs, programme and reviews for Dr Wakes Patient 23-24 April featuring Ginner as Lady Gerania and A K Dyer (who later became Ginner's husband) as Dr Forrester Wake; programme for a dramatic recital directed by Fogerty at the Royal Albert Hall 30 May with Ginner as A Moon Maiden
1908: Programme for performance by members of the Pivot Club 21 March; and for a performance on Empire Day; article with an interview entitled Actress Managers of the Future regarding Ginner's and Miss Hazel Thompsons' production of a play at The Royal Court Theatre: Et Puis Bonsoir features Ginner as Pierrot, also several photographs of Ginner as this character; reviews and programmes for the Pivot Club's Sweet Nancy featuring Ginner and Dyer.
1909: Review of A Fairy Idyll in which Ginner arranged the dances 17 June.
1910: Programme of entertainment by Mr A K Dyer's Company 18 March 1910 featuring Ginner; programme for Choir Entertainment at Langley 30 April featuring Ginner and Dyer; article about the opening performance of the Army Pageant 21 June.
Extent1 small scrapbook
Physical DescriptionConservation work carried out on this scrapbook by Uta Laurenson and Douglas Stuart in 2009 as part of the Pioneer Women: early British modern dancers project.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P1294Ginner; Ruby Mary Adeline (1886-1978); dance practitioner1886-1978
DS/UK/P1515Mawer; Irene (1893-1962); Mime1893-1962
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