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Canterbury College Drama Society, 1927

Canterbury College Drama Society, 1927

Educationalist and theatre-lover James Shelley formed the Canterbury College Drama Society in 1921, and in 1927 the society opened the Little Theatre on campus. This photo shows a production in that year of John Masefield's verse play on Christ's crucifixion, Good Friday. Shelley produced the play together with Neta Billcliff, and also appeared in it; he is the kneeling figure at centre. The following year the Canterbury Repertory Society was formed, mainly from Shelley's adult education students. It continued producing vibrant theatre into the 21st century. 

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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Reference: MB1985, item 79483, Presentation album

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Laurie Atkinson, 'Actors and acting - Amateur acting, 1920s to 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42184/canterbury-college-drama-society-1927 (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Laurie Atkinson, published 22 Oct 2014