The Fifties

As well as its regular spring and autumn productions the Drama Society has helped Mere celebrate both local and national events.
Beryl Gray was ahead of her time in producing what would now be termed 'community plays' and perambulatory ones at that. In 1951 as the Skylon hung over London's South Bank, Mere's offering to the Festival of Britain was the pageant Charles II at Mere, 1651

In 1953 the nation rejoiced at the Coronation, the conquering of Everest, the end of the war in Korea and England regaining the Ashes after 20 years. Perhaps this lift in the national spirit accounted for the sell-out success of A Cure for Love.
A record profit of 28-l6-11d was spent on new scenery. Flats were desperately needed as in one play the producer's father was obliged to hang on to the scenery back stage to enable a performer to knock at the door of a house. Presumably that door was answered promptly!

In June a pageant was planned for the Coronation to be performed on the top of Castle Hill. At one rehearsal the normally patient and brilliant producer Beryl lost her composure when the whole cast were convulsed with laughter at a late-comer struggling up the hill - no concrete steps in those days- in complete medieval armour. Her efforts were in vain as the performance was rained off and had to be held in the Lecture Hall.