The first play performed at the new Welwyn Theatre

Welwyn Theatre Society's production of 'When the Heart is Young', February 1928

By Susi Smith

Members of the Welwyn Theatre Society, dressed as ink pots. Feb 1928
Welwyn Garden City Library
Welwyn Theatre Society, the whole cast!
Welwyn Garden city Library
Welwyn Theatre Society, and the man with the tadpole trousers!
Welwyn Garden City Library
Welwyn Theatre Society
Welwyn Garden City Library

Article in the Welwyn Garden City and Hertfordshire Pilot,  February 16th 1928.

On Thursday and Friday the Welwyn Theatre Society produced at the new Theatre, a comedy written by Mr W Millington Limb, a barrister. The production was carried out on novel lines by the producer Mr C B Purdom, assisted by Mr G Grey Wornum, the designer and decorator of the scenes, Mrs Miriam Wornum, the costume designer, and Miss Hilda Plowman, who carried out some of the properties. Mrs C F Huggett acted as stage manager, and music was supplied by the Welwyn Garden City Music Society, conducted by Miss Alice Hare.

The hero wore a pair of magenta trousers with a pleasing design of green tadpoles wriggling up and down the legs. The ladies, being the wife, two daughters and housekeeper of an ink manufacturer, appeared in fantastic hooped skirts and coloured wig, the whole get-up intended to represent bottles of ink. Review in the Daily Telegraph

The play although successful, received mixed reviews in the press. The staging of the production was very art deco and was described as being too overpowering at the expense of the play and the actors.  Maybe the producers of the production became over excited, as the production was the first play to be held at the new Theatre in Parkway.

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