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RepositoryNational Resource Centre for Dance Archive
Ref NoBB/N/8
TitleRuby Ginner press cuttings book 1936-1939
DescriptionReviews, programmes, and publicity for performances featuring Ruby Ginner, Irene Mawer and the Ginner-Mawer Company. Also articles relating to Greek Dance and Mime written by Ginner or Mawer.

As mentioned in BB/N/6 the Ginner-Mawer Company appeared on BBC television in 1936 - evidence of which is here in this scrapbook in the form of an excerpt from the Radio Times. (It was a live showing as television could not be recorded until 1947.) This appearance is particularly impressive as it was only on the 2nd November 1936 that the worlds' first regular high-definition television service was established from Alexandra Palace. It was Marie Rambert’s company that was the first ballet company to be televised in high definition on the 11th November of that year; this shows how highly acclaimed the Ginner-Mawer dancers were. The continued far-reaching influence of the dance form is demonstrated by the formation in 1937 of the South African Branch of the Greek Dance Association (known as such since 1936).
In 1939 the Ginner-Mawer School was evacuated from London to Boscastle and unfortunately the time after this date is a rather undocumented period of the Schools' and of Ginners' and Mawers' lives.

Detailed contents:
Programme for a special dance matinee at the Manchester Repertory Theatre 20 March 1937 featuring The Ruby Ginner Dancers with a handwritten note on the cover 'with all my love and happy memories "Walley"'; reviews and a programme for a performance at the Vaudeville Theatre 4 July 1936, Mime and Art in Education at the Rudolf Steiner Hall 7 November; articles from the Radio Times, 27 November, regarding the Ginner-Mawer Company's appearance on television at Alexandra Palace, 3 December.
Programme and reviews for The King of Glory A pageant of the passion at the Royal Albert Hall 15-27 February featuring the Ginner-Mawer Ballet; letter to Lady Eleanor from Queen Elizabeth's Treasurer expressing the Queen's appreciation of the performance at the Piccadilly Theatre on 8 March; articles concerning lecture-demonstrations in Derby, Manchester and Worthing in March and a flyer for a special dance matinee presented by Miss Ratcliffe featuring Ruby Ginner at the Repertory Theatre in Rusholme 20 March; programme for The Opera Circle at St. John's Wood, 14 March featuring the Ginner-Mawer Dancers; flyer for a lecture-demonstration by Irene Mawer featuring students of the Ginner-Mawer School at Queen's College Chambers Birmingham, 29 April; articles from South Africa concerning the formation of a South African Branch of the Greek Dance Association and the Queen's appreciation of Greek Dancing and how she met Ruby Ginner; programme for Mime Parade directed by Irene Mawer at the Aldwych Theatre, 13 June, with articles; programme for Prince Siddhartha at the New Scala Theatre in May with dances arranged by Ginner; menu for Ginner-Mawer Old Girls' Club dinner to commemorate the 21st birthday of the School, 20 June; articles about mime; publicity for The Maddermarket Theatre season 1937-1938 in Norwich including Mawer's L-Enfant Prodigue; programme and reviews for L-Enfant Prodigue at the Chanticleer Theatre, 14-20 November 1938; programme for Ruby Ginner and Company From the Beginning at The Rudolf Steiner Hall, December 1937.
Articles concerning Faust at the Royal Albert Hall, 14-26 February, with Ginner and Anderton as choreographers and Markova as Prima Ballerina; programme for All-Star Ballet at the Piccadilly Theatre, 8 March, featuring Nancy Sherwood (programme has water damage and some pages are stuck together); articles, programme and poster for The Greek Dance Association demonstration produced by Doris McBride at the Scala Theatre, 21 May; articles concerning a lecture-demonstration given in Dublin in June; programme for performance in Hyde Park, 4 June, with a photograph; programme for Rose Without a Thorn at the New Connaught Theatre featuring the Ginner-Mawer Company; Dramatic Work in School-II a lecture-demonstration by Irene Mawer; articles concerning a demonstration of mime at Bradford Civic Playhouse in October, a programme for the 4th "All-Star" Dancing Matinee at the Palladium in November organised by the ISTD and featuring students from the Ginner-Mawer School.
Posters for Faust at the Royal Albert Hall, 6-18 February, with articles, a photograph of the Ginner-Mawer dancers, and a programme; programme for Faust at the C3's Ball in March; flyer and programme for performance in Hyde Park, 17 June; articles and flyers for "Thursday's Child"and A Display of Physical Work at the Royal Albert Hall, 1 July, and for a gala evening of music and ballet, 5 July. The book has blank pages towards the back.
Extent1 large black scrapbook
Physical DescriptionThe book contains some loose material. Please handle with care.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P1294Ginner; Ruby Mary Adeline (1886-1978); dance practitioner1886-1978
DS/UK/P1515Mawer; Irene (1893-1962); Mime1893-1962
DS/UK/11112Ginner-Mawer School of Dance and Drama; c.1914-1954c.1914-1954
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