Fonds AMD - Polytechnic Amateur Dramatic Society (PADS)

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Polytechnic Amateur Dramatic Society (PADS)


  • 1935-1978 (Creation)

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1 box

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The Polytechnic Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 1934. The society performed regularly until 1940 when, following a successful production of 'Private Lives', they took the decision to continue with a range of theatre-related discussions and activities during the War. The society was re-started in 1946 but had ceased its activities by 1976 at the latest.

Some time in 1977 the Ingoldsby Dramatic Society joined the Polytechnic Institute and became the Poly Ingoldsby Dramatic Society. They were still meeting in 1983 but it is not clear when they ceased.

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Records of the Polytechnic Amateur Dramatic Society. Includes flyers, photographs and correspondence.

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The collection has been divided into 4 series:

AMD/1 Administration

AMD/2 Photographs

AMD/3 Programmes and Flyers

AMD/4 Ingoldsby Club

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Status: Open. Access is subject to signing the Regulations for Access form, unless the records are restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018 or under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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The Archives of Ingoldsby Club are held at the V&A Theatre and Performance collections, Pressmark THM/137. It is not clear if these are related to the Poly Ingoldsby Dramatic Society.

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