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Dancers On Stage

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Dancers On Stage

Made: 1950

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Joyce : when I joined TAODS there as a waiting list to be a dancer.  They only had 12 dancers and you had to be over 16.  I was 15 when I joined and had just turned 16 when the show was staged in September.  We loved performing in City Hall. Our shows were very popular, especially our plays and the carolaire where there was always a great atmosphere. We also used it for other events – one year we were staging Carousel and held an Autumn Fair in the Hall . We managed to get hold of a proper carousel and put it in the hall for the fair – we made a lot of money that year.   Keith 2 : I joined TAODS because I wanted to chat up Joyce who was already a member there.   Keith 2 : the guttering was inside the back of the building. When it rained you could hear the water running along back stage.  There was also a metal bar at the top of the stage area to keep the pigeons out – they made a lot of noise and you could hear them when the performances were taking place.   Chris : there was always dancing at City Hall – there was a different band every Saturday night and famous people like Victor Sylvester came to Truro.   Joyce : there were also professional pantomimes at City Hall – one year Alan Gale staged a panto.  Keith 2 : when I was stage manager I had a crew of about 9 or 10 people . They were a wonderful team. We sometimes had up to 22 back cloths for a show which had to be changed. We built a gantry and had women up there who would lower down the cloths. It was a hectic time but a great time.   Keith 1 : there was a corridor at the back of the stage which had a cast iron stair case.  When I was the call boy I used to go down the stairs whistling and singing to let people know I was coming as it was a very popular place for a quick snog.  

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A scene from Guys & Dolls, 1967 (1)

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A scene from Guys & Dolls, 1967 (2)

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Call Me Madam at City Hall Truro

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A scene from Call Me Madam 1972 (1)

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A scene from Call Me Madam 1972 (2)

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A scene My Fair Lady 1973 (2)

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A scene from Robert and Elizabeth 1971 (2)

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Robert and Elizabeth ensemble (2)

An operetta-style musical, Robert and Elizabeth tells the love story of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. It was originally produced in London in 1964 to acclaimed success with several professional and amateur revivals following in its wake. One such amateur revival was produced by the TAODS in 1971 at City Hall Truro. This backstage photograph features the female ensemble cast in their period costumes.

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The Lisbon Story poster

The TAODS performance of The Lisbon Story ran from the 14th of November at the Regent Theatre Truro in 1949. It was produced and choreographed by Mavis Ward who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. Both Mavis and Gordon were prolific in the shows they produced and directed for the TAODS. This specific performance was the first West Country premiere of the musical. Printed by David R. Poland of Truro, the poster is an interesting example of post-war theatre and design trends. It's bold text, eye catching colour and type of varying sizes is accompanied by a cast list and prices of tickets for prospective audiences to survey and was typical of the time. This theatrical poster was typeset and printed by David Poland Printing Services in Truro.

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Illustrated souvenir programme cover for Bless the Bride, 1983

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. The musical was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro in November 1983. This programme cover features an illustration of a married couple with an accompanying decorative border and bold modern text.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (1)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production at City Hall in November 1983.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (2)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor. She is then led to believe by his friend who dislikes the English that he has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in November 1983.

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Bless the Bride ensemble (3)

A Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert muscial, Bless the Bride tells the story of an English girl who marries a French actor in which she has been led to believe has been killed in action during the Franco Prussian War. This image is a backstage photograph of the cast of the TAODS production at City Hall in November 1983.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (1)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph depicts a scene from their 1987 performance.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (2)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from their 1987 performance depicts the final wedding scene.

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A scene from Guys & Dolls 1987 (3)

Guys & Dolls was one of many muscial shows that the TAODS performed at City Hall Truro throughout the 20th century. This photograph from their 1987 performance depicts the final wedding scene.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (1)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (2)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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A scene from Kismet 1988 (3)

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODSperformances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts a scene from the 1988 TAODS production of Kismet.

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Kismet ensemble

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several T.A.O.D.S performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts part of the 1988 cast of Kismet sat on the stairs in the backstage area of City Hall.

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Kismet, 1988

Kismet is a 1911 play in three acts written by Edward Knoblauch. The word 'Kismet' means fate or destiny in Turkish and Urdu. The play originally ran in London for two years before eventually opening in the United States. It was subsequently revived in later years and then adapted into musical form in the 1950s. Since its adaptation, several TAODS performances of the musical have been staged at City Hall. This image depicts part of the 1988 cast of Kismet having tea in the annexe of City Hall.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1988 (3)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. t premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This image depicts a scene from the TAODS production at City Hall Truro in 1988.

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Kiss Me, Kate ensemble (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948, running for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This is a backstage photograph of the male members of the cast from the TAODS production of Kiss Me, Kate at City Hall in 1988.

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Kiss Me, Kate ensemble (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948, running for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. The musical was first revived in London in 1970 and then again in 1987. This is a backstage photograph of the female members of the cast from the T.A.O.D.S production of Kiss Me, Kate in the dancers room at City Hall in 1988.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (1)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The TAODS staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (2)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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A scene from Music Man, 1985 (3)

Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, the plot of the Music Man musical follows the blossoming romance between conman Harold Wilson and a librarian and piano teacher named Marian. Premiering in 1957, the show was an immediate Broadway success and won several awards. This success led to a revival of the musical and a subsequent film and television adaptation. The TAODS staged their own production of the muscial at City Hall Truro in 1985. This image is a photograph of a scene from their production.

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Afternoon tea in the City Hall annexe (1)

Many different functions were staged in the annexe of City Hall. This photograph captures the afternoon tea which was held for the TAODS during their production of Music Man at City Hall in 1985.

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Afternoon tea in the City Hall annexe (2)

Many different functions were staged in the annexe of City Hall. This photograph captures the afternoon tea which was held for the TAODS during their production of Music Man at City Hall in 1985.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (1)

One of the many musicals performed by the T.A.O.D.S at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 T.A.O.D.S production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in T.A.O.D.S productions.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (2)

One of the many musicals performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 TAODS production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in TAODS productions.

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A scene from My Fair Lady, 1986 (3)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This photograph is a scene from the 1986 TAODS production of the musical. It showcases the marvellous outfits that featured in TAODS productions.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (1)

One of the many musicals performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a backstage photograph of the ensemble from the 1986 T.A.O.D.S production of My Fair Lady.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (2)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a photograph of the ensemble from the 1986 TAODS production of My Fair Lady. The cast are sat on the backstage stairs of City Hall.

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My Fair Lady ensemble (3)

One of the many musicals performed by TAODS at City Hall Truro over the years, My Fair Lady follows the romance which blossoms between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle when he attempts to transform her into a member of upper society. This image is a photograph of the female ensemble from the 1986 TAODS production of My Fair Lady in the dressing room at City Hall.

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Programme cover for 42nd Street at City Hall Truro

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. The programme cover for the 1995 TAODS production of the musical features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of the society along with bold and striking text to convey the name, place and time of performance.

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A scene from 42nd Street, 1995 (1)

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. TAODS performance of 42nd Street ran between the 6th and 11th of November at City Hall Truro in 1995 and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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A scene from 42nd Street, 1995 (2)

42nd Street is a musical based on the 1930s novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent film adaptation of the same era. The show centres on the efforts of a famed director to successfully mount an extravagent stage production during the worse years of the Great Depression. The TAODS performance of 42nd Street ran between the 6th and 11th of November at City Hall Truro in 1995 and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (1)

This photograph captures the entire Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society during the production of 42nd Street at City Hall Truro in 1995. The production ran between the 6th and 11th of November and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (2)

This photograph captures the entire cast from the Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society production of 42nd Street at City Hall Truro in 1995. The production ran between the 6th and 11th of November and was the Cornish premiere of the musical.

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A scene from Anything Goes, 1998

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The TAODS staged their own production of the musical at Hall for Cornwall in 1998.

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Anything Goes, 1998

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and staged their own production of Anything Goes.

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The Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society band

This image is a photograph of the band who performed in the TAODS production of Anything Goes at Hall for Cornwall in 1998.

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Backstage at City Hall

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London, telling the love story of a stowaway and an heiress in the process. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and staged their own production of Anything Goes. This is a backstage photograph of some of the male cast in the men's dressing room.

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Poster advertising Camelot at City Hall

Camelot was performed by the TAODS at City Hall Truro between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. It was co-directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. In contrast to earlier advertisements for TAODS productions, this poster contains less detailed text in favour of a larger title and illustration. The T.A.O.D.S iconic logo inspired by the spires of Truro Cathedral also features.

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A scene from Camelot, 1993 (1)

Based on the King Arthur legend, Camelot was adapted for stage in musical form by Alan Jay Lerner in 1960. The TAODS performance of Camelot ran at the City Hall between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. This photograph is a scene from the show which showcases the large cast of actors who were involved in TAODS productions.

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A scene from Camelot, 1993 (2)

Based on the King Arthur legend, Camelot was adapted for stage in musical form by Alan Jay Lerner in 1960. The TAODS performance of Camelot ran at the City Hall between the 1st and 6th of November, 1993. This photograph is a scene from the production.

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A scene from Fiddler on the Roof, 1991

Set in the Pale Settlement of Russia at the turn of the century, Fiddler on the Roof centers on the efforts of a milkman to protect his family's Jewish traditions from the pressures of outside influences. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and subsequently broke many records for being the first musical theatre show to surpass 3,000 performances. The success of the show made it a popular choice for amateur productions, with the TAODS staging the musical numerous times throughout their history. This photograph is a scene from their 1991 production of the show at City Hall.

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A scene from Funny Girl, 1999

Opening on Broadway in 1964, Funny Girl's semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and centres on her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. The play is set in New York City during the First World War and follows Fanny as she reflects on her life as she awaits her husbands return from prison. This image is a photograph from the TAODS performance of Funny Girl at City Hall in 1991.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1998 (1)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the TAODS at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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A scene from Kiss Me, Kate, 1998 (2)

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the TAODS at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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Kiss Me, Kate, 1998

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack with music by Cole Porter. It centres on the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the on and off-stage conflict between the actors. It premiered in 1948 and ran for more than 1,000 shows on Broadway. Performed several times by the T.A.O.D.S at City Hall, this photograph is a scene from their 1998 production of the musical.

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Poster advertising Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall

Advertising a performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at City Hall, this poster is an interesting example of the changes in design trends throughout the history of TAODS performances. Illustrations, eye catching colour and modern fonts contrast with earlier production posters which had simpler designs.

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A scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1994 (1)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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A scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1994 (2)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers cast (1)

The TAODS performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of TAODS productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers cast (2)

The T.A.O.D.S performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ran at City Hall Truro between the 31st of October and the 5th of November 1994. It was directed by Joan and John Boreham who were accompanied by Hubert Julian as musical director. Together, this collaboration staged a number of T.A.O.D.S productions throughout the 1990s. The society even won the South West Regional Excellence award for their performance of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers during the 1994-1995 season.

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Poster advertising Showboat at City Hall

Advertising the TAODS performance of Showboat at City Hall in November 1992, this poster is an interesting example of the progression in theatre design that had resulted in sophisticated and modern advertisements by the end of the century.

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A scene from Showboat, 1992

First produced in 1927, the Showboat musical follows the lives and loves of the workers aboard the Cotton Blossom travelling showboat. The TAODS performance of the musical ran at City Hall Truro between the 2nd and 7th of November 1992, although it had been produced by the society for decades. Joan and John Boreham produced this particular performance, with Joan also directing the choreography.

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A scene from The Sound of Music, 1990

The Sound of Music first opened on Broadway in 1959 and won 5 Tony awards including best musical. By 1961 it had reached British theatres and first opened at the Palace Theatre, London. This photograph is from the 1990 T.A.O.D.S production of The Sound of Music at City Hall in 1990.

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Costume making

This is a photograph of costumes being sewn for a Truro Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society production of The Sound of Music. Although costumes sometimes came with the set designs during this period, a lot of the outfits that were used for TAODS performances were made by the family and friends of society members.

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TAODS Summer Fair (1)

As a registered charity since 1969, the Truro Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society rely on fundraising to finance the society and the events and performances they produce. One such fundraising inititative was the holding of summer fairs at City Hall which included raffles, tombolas and fair ground style games.

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West Side Story, 1992

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim and is set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This black and white photograph features some of the cast of the T.A.O.D.S production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from West Side Story, 1992 (1)

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This photograph captures a scene from the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from West Side Story, 1992 (2)

West Side Story is a musical by Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim set in the mid 1950s in New York City's Upper West Side. Inspired by Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, it follows the unfolding rivalry between two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The original 1957 production of the musical was Sondheim's Broadway debut. Running for 732 performances before touring, the production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958. The musical's London production ran for even longer before it was eventually adapted into film in 1961. This photograph captures a scene from the TAODS production of the musical at City Hall in 1992.

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A scene from Blondel, 2000

Written by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, Blondel is a rock opera musical set in the period of the Third Crusade. It tells the story of the medieval entertainer Blondel who travels across Europe to stop Prince John from taking King Richards throne, although Blondel himself is being pursued by an assassin. Blondel opened in London in 1983 and played across two West End theatres. Although eventually closing less than two years after opening, community amateur dramatic society's still produced their own performances of the musical at local theatres across the country for decades after. This photograph was taken at the TAODS performance of Blondel at Hall for Cornwall in 2000.

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Blondel, 2000

Written by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, Blondel is a rock opera musical set in the period of the Third Crusade. It tells the story of the medieval entertainer Blondel who travels across Europe to stop Prince John from taking King Richards throne, although Blondel himself is being pursued by an assassin. Blondel opened in London in 1983 and played across two West End theatres. Although eventually closing less than two years after opening, community amateur dramatic society's still produced their own performances of the musical at local theatres across the country for decades after. This photograph was taken at the TAODS performance of Blondel at Hall for Cornwall in 2000.

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A scene from Hot Mikado, 2009

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (1)

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Hot Mikado, 2009 (2)

Hot Mikado is a musical comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera 'The Mikado'. In the 1980s, Bell and Bowman readapted the musical from its original 1939 incarnation. It was then produced in its new form in 1987 before again being revived in London's West End in 1995. The story is set in 1940s Japan where flirting is punishable by death. The 2009 TAODS production of Hot Mikado ran between the 22nd and 26th of September and was directed by Trevor Hitchens, who is well known for his original twists on well established shows.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (1)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the men's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the cast of pirates who acted in the show.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (2)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the women's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the female ensemble who participated in the show.

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Backstage at Pirates of Penzance, 2003 (3)

A Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera in two acts, Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879 before debuting in London in 1880. It is one of the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan operas and tells the story of Frederic, who upon turning 21, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. The TAODS staged their own production of the opera at Hall for Cornwall in 2003. This photograph is taken in the men's dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and features the cast of police who acted in the show.

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A scene from the Witches of Eastwick, 2007

First produced in London's West End in 2000, the Witches of Eastwick is a musical based on John Updike's 1984 novel of the same name. The story centres around the 3 female protagonists, the 'Witches', and the events that take place in the aftermath of the miraculous arrival of the man of their dreams. The T.A.O.D.S production of the musical was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2007.

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Backstage at the Witches of Eastwick , 2007

First produced in London's West End in 2000, the Witches of Eastwick is a musical based on John Updike's 1984 novel of the same name. The story centres around the 3 female protagonists, the 'Witches', and the events that take place in the aftermath of the miraculous arrival of the man of their dreams. The TAODS production of the musical was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2007. This backstage photograph is taken in the dressing room at Hall for Cornwall and captures part of the cast who took part in the production.

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A scene from Beauty and the Beast, 2012 (1)

Adapted from the 1991 Walt Disney film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast musical follows the unfolding love story between Belle and a cold blooded prince who has been transformed into an ugly beast as punishment for his selfishness. The musical first opened in 1994 and ran until 2007, becoming Broadway's 10th longest running production in history. The TAODS staged their own production of Beauty and the Beast in 2012 at Hall for Cornwall. This photograph of a scene from the performance captures the production's extremely detailed set and costume designs.

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A scene from Beauty and the Beast, 2012 (2)

Adapted from the 1991 Walt Disney film of the same name, the Beauty and the Beast musical follows the unfolding love story between Belle and a cold blooded prince who has been transformed into an ugly beast as punishment for his selfishness. The musical first opened in 1994 and ran until 2007, becoming Broadway's 10th longest running production in history. The TAODS staged their own production of Beauty and the Beast in 2012 at Hall for Cornwall. This photograph of a scene from the performance captures the production's extremely detailed set and costume designs.

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Souvenir programme cover for Jolly Roger at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1937.

First performed in 1933, the Jolly Roger musical is set in Jamaica in 1690 and follows the events that follow in the aftermath of Jolly Roger's arrest after being accused of piracy. The T.A.O.D.S staged a production of the musical at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 26th and 30th of October 1937. The show was produced by Arthur R. Hendy, who was accompanied by Bertram Lightbown as musical director.

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Programme advertisement for Blewett's Bakers and T. Mutton & Son Butchers

Both situated in Victoria Square Truro, the advertisement boasts that Blewett's bake the 'best bread in town' and that T. Mutton & Son's provide 'high class English meat.' The design and tone of the promotions are typical of the advertisements which featured in theatre programmes at the time. They also showcase the design trends which characterised commerical promotions during the inter-war period.

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Programme advertisement

This advertisement in the programme for the 1937 TAODS production of Jolly Roger promotes three different Truro businesses, including a teacher of pianoforte, organ and theory, a men's hairdressers and a building and contractors. These advertisements document the changes that have occured in shopping trends, advertising and ways of life since 1937.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Count of Como at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1933

A comic opera in two acts, The Count of Como is set in the fictional 'Oblivia' and follows the events that unfold in the aftermath of the betrothal of the Grand Duke Otto's daughter with the 'rich but ridiculous' Crown Prince. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 21st and 25th of February, 1933. It was produced under the sole direction of Elsie A. Hall who was accompanied by Gordon Hall as musical director. The scenery was 'specially painted' by E. I. Ellery of Truro, who had extensively photographed a large number of the local aristocracy in the first two decades of the 1900s. Mr. Ellery was also the scenic artist and stage manager for the society and had painted the scenery for its productions since its formation. The dresses and wigs for the production were made by B. J. Simmons & Co., London who were best known for their historical costume designs. Daintily decorated, the programme is in keeping with the art-deco design trends of the era.

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Souvenir programme cover for The Gondoliers at The Regent Theatre Truro, 1936

The Gondoliers is the twelfth collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan and is set in the fictional kingdom of Barataria. The comic opera follows the events which unfold when the young bride of the heir to the throne arrives in Venice. Premiering at the Savoy Theatre in 1889, it successively ran for 554 performances which, at that time, made it the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the opera at the Regent Theatre Truro between the 11th and 15th of February, 1936. It was produced by Miss. Vera Ware who was accompanied by Mr. Bertram Lightbown as director of music.

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Programme cover for Trial by Jury and The Pirates of Penzance at The County Theatre Truro, 1931

Both comic operas by Gilbert and Sullivan, the TAODS production of Trial By Jury and The Pirates of Penzance ran at The County Theatre Truro between the 3rd and 7th of February 1931. Included in the programme is the statement that 'to write a synopsis of this essentially Gilbertian Dramatic Cantata is almost a sacriledge: The words and the humour are so rich...'

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A scene from The Busy Body, 1967

One of Susanna Centlivre's greatest successes, The Busy Body was written in 1709 and centres on two intertwining love plots. The T.A.O.D.S staged their own production of the play in 1967 at City Hall Truro. This photograph was taken during one of their performances of the show.

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Programme cover for Doctor at Sea at City Hall Truro, 1965

Written by Ted Willis, Doctor at Sea is a farsical comedy in three acts. It was performed at City Hall Truro by the TAODS between the 10th and 13th of March, 1965 and was directed by John Knight. The cover features the distinctive cathedral inspired logo of TAODS against a colourful background and bold border.

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A scene from Doctor at Sea, 1965

Written by Ted Willis, Doctor at Sea is a farsical comedy in three acts. It was performed at City Hall Truro by the TAODS between the 10th and 13th of March, 1965 and was directed by John Knight. This photograph was taken during a performance of the play.

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Vera Ware

Vera Ware was the Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society's ballet mistress who not only choreographed performances but also, on occassion, produced them too. Vera had also owned her own dance school at number 3 River Street during the 1930s, where she taught 'all branches of dancing.'

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A scene from Goodnight Mrs. Puffin, 1966

Written by Arthur Lovegrove, the play follows the story of the Fordyces family and the events that unravel after Mrs. Puffin, a complete stranger, walks into their lives with predictions of the future. This image is a photograph that was taken of the TAODS production of they play at City Hall in March 1966.

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Ticket stub for Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

Written by Arthur Lovegrove, the play follows the story of the Fordyces family and the events that unravel after Mrs. Puffin, a complete stranger, walks into their lives with predictions of the future.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (1)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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Inside City Hall 1995 (3)

City Hall is a grade II listed building that was completed in 1846. Built to house the headquarters of the local council, the north end of the complex accommodated the municipal buildings, which included a courtroom and a council chamber, while the south end accommodated a market hall. In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make the market hall available for public use. In 1907, it operated as a skating rink and then as a cinema in 1912. In 1925, the market hall was remodelled as a theatre with a stage after a fire had gutted the building in 1914.

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City Hall backstage 1995 (2)

The T.A.O.D.S had their own backstage crew as well as actors, producers and musical directors. This photograph captures the props area at City Hall where the T.A.O.D.S backstage crew would store the props for their productions.

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City Hall backstage 1995 (3)

The TAODS had their own backstage crew as well as actors, producers and musical directors. This photograph captures the area where the backstage crew would operate.

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Anything Goes, 1998 (1)

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London and in the process tells of the love story of a stowaway and an heiress. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and produced their own performance of Anything Goes. This image is a photograph of the backstage crew who participated in this production. The crew are all pictured wearing jumpers with the TAODS logo.

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Anything Goes, 1998 (2)

A musical by Cole Porter, Anything Goes follows the escapades of an ocean liner bound from New York to London and in the process tells of the love story of a stowaway and an heiress. The musical has been revived several times since its first appearance on Broadway in 1934. In 1998, the TAODS revived the musical and produced their own performance of Anything Goes. This image is a photograph of the TAODS company who took part in this production. The company are all pictured wearing jumpers with the TAODS logo.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2004

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2005

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 2006

The TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year in December at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from the annual TAODS Christmas Carolare production, 1985

TAODS Carolare productions were staged every year at Hall for Cornwall until the society found a new home at Redannick Theatre, Truro. The society's Carolare productions at HfC consisted of festive showcases, poems and songs from a range of performers.

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A scene from The King and I, 2006

Following their acclaimed 2006 production of Oklahoma!, Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society staged Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King & I at Hall for Cornwall between the 26th and the 30th of September. The production was professionally directed by Ray Jeffrey.

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The Cast of The King and I, 2006

Following their acclaimed 2006 production of Oklahoma!, Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society staged Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King & I at Hall for Cornwall between the 26th and the 30th of September. The production was professionally directed by Ray Jeffrey.

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A scene from Oliver, 2002

TAODS staged their own production of the Dickens classic 'Oliver' at Hall for Cornwall in 2002. The cast for the production featured a large number of child actors as featured in this photograph.

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Programme cover for Aladdin at Hall for Cornwall, 2007

The modern pantomine took form with Henry James Byron's Aladdin, or the 'Wonderful Scamp', in 1861. Since then, Aladdin has become a regular feature at theatre's across the U.K. during the Christmas pantomine season. Aladdin was staged at Hall for Cornwall in association with the Hiss & Boo Company Ltd between the 12th of December and the 6th of January 2007/08. The production featured the former Generation Game host Isla St Clair as the Genie and BBC Radio Cornwall’s David White returned to the HfC stage as the Emperor. The cast also featured Cornish actors Mark Buffery and Andrew Beavis, who played Aladdin.

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Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, c. 1997

City Hall Truro's theatre opened as the newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall in November 1997. During its first Christmas season, Hall for Cornwall, in association with Albemarle Montrose Productions and C&A, staged the Cinderella pantomine. The production ran between the 19th of December and 10th of January and featured Heather Jay Jones as Cinderella and Robbie Dee as Buttons. The newly refurbished Hall also included a restauraunt called Stars which was housed on the mezzanine level overlooking the main entrance and boasted 'an enviable reputation for first class cuisine.'

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Flyer for 'An Evening to Remember' at Hall for Cornwall, 1997

Fundraising events for Hall for Cornwall had been held throughout the 1990s in order to raise enough money to fund the refurbishment project at City Hall. This flyer advertises the Music Theatre Kernow's 'An Evening to Remember' event that was held at Truro School Chapel in February 1997. The event comprised of selections from opera, operetta and musicals and promised a few surprises along the way. Featuring in the performances were Lynette Carveth, Suzanne Manuell, Julian Jensen and Anthony Seddon.

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Ticket stub for The Mousehole Cat, 2014

The Duchy Ballet’s production of The Mousehole Cat and Other Ballets at the Hall For Cornwall, Truro ran between the 28th and 29th of March, 2014. The Mousehole Cat is an original ballet based on the children's story by Antonia Barber. Barber's story tells the tale of Old Tom, the fisherman, and his cat Mowzer, who face the the Great Storm 'Cat' head on to save their village.

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A music event at City Hall (1)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94. Taken from the back of the theatre space, it showcases the interior architecture of the Hall's vaulted roof on Doric columns whilst also conveying the electric atmosphere of the packed space.

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A music event at City Hall (2)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph features the bar staff replenishing the till during a musical performance in the former market hall space, c. 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (3)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This is photograph features the bar in the market hall space during a music event in the period 1993-94.

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A music event at City Hall (4)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94 shortly before the space was overhauled entirely to become Hall for Cornwall. These music events were relatively low key and followed on from the popular Rock N Rhythm and skiffle competitions held at the hall in the 1970s which attracted audiences from all over Cornwall.

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A music event at City Hall (6)

In the early 20th century, civic leaders decided to make City Hall's market hall available for public use. Since then, the Hall has operated as an extremely flexible and versatile arts, performance and events venue and has held many a function during its 100 year history as a public space. This photograph is from a music event which was held at the Hall in the period 1993-94.

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Reef flyer

Reef were an Indie band, popular in the UK at the beginning of the 21st Century. Other British bands to tour to Hall for Cornwall at a similar time included Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Coldplay and Bloc Party.

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Costume worn by Carabosse (sp) during the Hall for Cornwall production of Sleeping Beauty, 2017.

Sleeping Beauty was the last Christmas show performed on stage a Hall for Cornwall prior to its closure in 2018.

The outfit was designed by Shaun Donoghue who regularly designs for the hall. The outfit includes a skirt, cape, corset, jacket and red velvet gloves. Carabosse is one of the female lead roles in Sleeping Beauty and in this production was played by Deborah Tracy.

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Jumper worn by Grabgrind (David Haydn) in Jack & The Beanstalk 2016

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Jumper worn by Sandra Starch (Kimberley Moses) in Jack & The Beanstalk 2016

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Tabard worn by Auntie Flo (Jo Monroe) in Jack & The Beanstalk, 2016

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Tabard worn by Auntie Flo (Jo Monroe) in Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, 2015

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Jack & The Beanstalk Pantomime badge, 2009

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Shes worn by the Jester (Kimberley Moses) in Sleeping Beauty, 2017

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Palace guard's hat worn during the 2017 production of Sleeping Beauty.

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Rat prop from Dick Whittington.

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Mini chef prop from Sleeping Beauty, 2017

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Kenwyn (Ed Rowe) pasty prop from Sleeping Beauty Find a Fella challenge, 2017

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Auntie Flo's brooch (Cornish chough) which pricked the finger of Sleeping Beauty when accidentally pricked by Kenwyn.

A tin badge representing the Cornish Chough. Used as a prop onstage during the Hall for Cornwall production of Sleeping Beauty with Hiss & Boo Company. The badge pricked the finger of Sleeping Beauty when accidentally caught by Kenwyn.

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Mousehole Cat's unitard

A stage outfit compromised of costume, tail and leg warmers. The costume was worn in the lead role of Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat on stage at Hall for Cornwall in Winter 2015.

The costume was designed by Kimberley Moses and made by Lizzie Hall. Production choreographed for the performance during the summer, coinciding with the conception of the costumes. Fabric paint and sharpie were used to the create the pattern.

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Poster from Kneehigh production of Rebecca, 2015

The 2015 version of Rebecca was Kneehigh theatre company's adaption of Daphne Du Maurier's psychological thriller. It was adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Of the adaptation, Emma remained faithful to the book (rather than the film which she steered clear of) and added her own twist to the ending. The original setting in Cornwall and it's references to Cornish mythology are imbued throughout this adaptation as well as the broader work of Kneehigh. Poster designed by DeWynters.

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Poster from Kneehigh's production of Cry Wolf, 2000

Cry Wolf was an amalgamation of two earlier plays performed by Kneehigh and with reference to Little Red Riding Hood and Angela Carter's Company of Wolves. Music from the Baghdaddies and with writing/acting from Emma Rice, Anna Maria Murphy, Carl Grose and Mike Shepherd.

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Poster from Kneehigh's production of Tin Drum

Tin Drum was an adaptation of the 1959 novel by Gunter Grass. Produced by Everyman Liverpool & Playhouse with Kneehigh, it toured in 2000. Telling the story of Oskar, a boy who refuses to grow up following traditional narrative, set against the rise of Fascism amongst the Second World War. The Kneehigh version provided a new, less literal re-telling of the story, written by Carl Grose and directed by Mike Shepherd.

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Poster from Kneehigh On Tour's production of Tristan & Yseult

Tristan & Yseult was a Kneehigh production, adapted from the tragic Cornish legend of the two lovers. This version toured through the UK in 2013. The set was designed by the late Bill Mitchell. Mitchell designed the central stage as a platform with a mast, around which the cast could move fluidly around as well ascending and descending the mast, giving the sense of a boat moving on a rough sea.

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Mousehole Cat's wig, worn in the lead role of Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat, 2015

Costume designed by Kimberley Moses and made by Lizzie Hall. Production choreographed in the summer. Fabric paint and sharpie used the create the pattern.

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1. Piranesi, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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2. Playing Place, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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3. Stannary, a visual poem by Andrew Fentham

This triptych takes an all-at-once look at the history of Hall for Cornwall. The texts are inspired by the heritage, technologies and architecture involved. Factual detail and myth mingle. They propose an achieved, ingrained culture to the relaunched building. The poems were made on a typewriter before their digital manipulation, looking towards mechanical mark-making in the South-West. They attempt to reconcile big bricks with their past, present and future. 

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