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Martins Bank Society of the Arts is the principal amateur operatic and dramatic society of the Bank. Under its auspices, there are a number of regional groups that stage productions and performances in Liverpool, London, and Newcastle. The Liverpool Daily Post column “Day to Day in Liverpool” heralds the creation of the new Society of the Arts in February 1945. Between then and 1956 the Society runs as three separate sections – Music, Arts and Drama. The Arts Section is concerned mainly with the Annual Display of Arts and Crafts - an event held at Head Office, which sees creative works of all kinds entered by members of the Bank’s Staff.  From 1957 onwards, the Society of the Arts performs musical productions as Martins Bank Operatic Society, and plays and comedies are performed by the Bank’s remaining groups, the Argosy Players, The Cicala Players and The North Eastern Players. The Manchester Players are recorded as putting on just two productions, one in 1951, the other in 1954. Both are put on in conjunction with the Argosy Players, for the benefit of the staff, and are staged in Liverpool at the Little Theatre in the basement at Head Office. The Manchester Players productions feature at the end of the Argosy Players Section. 

Reproduced from the Liverpool Daily Post

16 February 1945

Text © Reach PLC and Find my Past created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Text reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

We begin our look at Martins Bank’s involvement in “song and dance” with the TEN productions that were staged under the auspices of Martins Bank society of the Arts (Music Section), and then the TWENTY productions performed by Martins Bank Society of the Arts (Drama Section).  Sadly, the details of SIX of the drama productions are currently missing from the Archive, and are represented below by name and date only…



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