Friday, 26 July 2013

View from the Tennis courts towards the original Gym - around 1950

Here is the view from the Tennis courts towards the original Gym - around 1950. This became the Junior Hall and Dining room in the 1960's before demolition in 2008.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Peter Cushing School report

We are in 100th Year since the birth of Purley Boys most famous son - Peter Cushing. Out of the Archives comes his school report showing what a good egg he was. 
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Raymond Dencer sends Old PGS programmes from the 1970's

Ray Dencer was searching through a large box of theatre programmes and came across a program of the PHS production of "Princess Ida" (1976). The four pages of the programme are scanned for you below.

The other item is a scan of the front cover of a D'Oyly Carte programme for season 1972-73. Alan Crosskey, Eric Jarman, Garth Wright, Mr. Akers and Raymond took most of the cast and crew by coach to see the G&S production at the Saddler's Wells Theatre in London. As they were driving through Brixton near the old Orange Coaches Depot, one of the boys asked why the Orange coaches were green in colour. To which a quick-witted Mr. Jarman replied: "Because they're not ripe yet!"

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Friday, 5 July 2013

John Shirley - English Teacher - update

John Shirley - who taught English at PGS back in the 1960-70's writes. He is in good health. In recent years that he has met up with Martin Smith, Peter Shaw and Peter Wood of PGS. 

Last October he directed 'A View from the Bridge' at The Playhouse, Cheltenham and Peter Wood and his wife came to see it. Peter is now rehearsing 'Heroes' to be performed next month. He is grateful to Purley for enabling him to look backwards and forwards with pleasure.

He is in contact with other teachers David Coy and David Shepherd who both are very well.

His email address on Fas et Patria is incorrect. It should read have read the.shirley AT ( I have replaced the @ with AT in a probably pathetic attempt to stop spam robots harvesting his email address ).

You can see a recent newspaper article and photo below.

Quest to improve dramatic offering

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ONE drama lover is on a quest to raise the bar of amateur dramatic productions in Gloucestershire.
Self-made director and retired A-level drama teacher John Shirley is gearing up to run a six-week course from the Playhouse Theatre for anyone aspiring to direct, or star in, theatre.
  1. Raising the bar:  John Shirley  who has directed at the Playhouse Theatre for 30 years. Below, Dorian Gray
    Raising the bar: John Shirley who has directed at the Playhouse Theatre for 30 years. Below, Dorian Gray
Mr Shirley, who is in his 70s, and lives centrally, has directed more than 20 productions at the theatre since arriving in Cheltenham in 1972, taking on big-name productions to rave reviews.
The former Churchdown School teacher said his motivation for running the course was to boost the quality and ambitiousness of directing in amateur theatre.
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"The course is aimed at anyone who wants to develop their skills," he explained.
"It spans improvisation, extracts, and short scenes to work on, where everyone will get the chance to direct as well as act – and everyone will work on one another's scenes, to talk about their strengths and weaknesses."
In his lengthy directing career, Mr Shirley has produced a number of plays by Arthur Miller – his favourite playwright – including the Death of a Salesman, A View From A Bridge, and The Crucible. He said good examples of amateur dramatics produced to a high standard was Epsom Downs, which was at The Playhouse in 2008, and Dorian Gray, produced in March.

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Old Coulsdon Parade 1955-ish

Some Frith photos have been sent showing the Parade of shops back in the day...

Editor's Note:
Graham Tong has pointed out that " I believe one shot is the parade of shops next to the old school but I think the top one is the parade of shops in Taunton Lane - looking down to the chippy on the corner?`'

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