Selection of theatre programmes from the archives

Selection of theatre programmes from the archives © Newbridge Memo

During the Second World War the then Manager, Harold Jones, started a drama group and this led on to The Memo becoming a prominent centre for amateur drama. Many of the leading companies in south Wales and the west of England competed there in a festival held every year. Respected theatre critics like Alan Dent and Leonard Cranford were regularly invited as adjudicators for the week-long competitions. It was during this period that Donald Houston appeared in a production of Ibsen’s “Ghosts”, and the Welsh playwright E. Eynon Evans produced and acted in several of his plays which later became wireless favourites. In more recent years it has been the ballroom that has played host to amateur drama productions and the highly successful annual Pantomime.