Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Angharad Jones of Gwynedd Archive Service.
Place: C.M. Chapel (Talysarn) (Talysarn, Carnarvonshire, Wales)
Number of performances: 1
12 Dec. 1957
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- Davies, Rev. Tegla
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Object of any funds raised
Proceeds towards Talysarn C.M. Chapel.
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
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Archival holdings connected to pageant
Gwynedd Archive Service holds a pageant programme.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
Merched Anrhydedd was a small pageant staged in the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel in Talysarn. The pageant was performed once, on 12 December 1957. It seems to have been performed in Welsh: its title, roughly translated, was 'Women to be Honoured', and its content—as the title suggests—dealt with notable women through the ages. As Amy Binns has shown in a recent article, the use of pageantry as a means of celebrating women’s contribution to history was very popular within Protestant Nonconformity in the period between the First World War and the 1950s, and especially in the 1930s.1 This event appears to have been a relatively late example of just such a pageant of ‘noble women’ and illustrates the appeal of the form in a Welsh context.
The same pageant was performed again in February 1958 at another Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, in Morfa Nefyn.
1 Amy Binns, ‘New Heroines for New Causes: how provincial women promoted a revisionist history through post-suffrage pageants’, Women's History Review (2017), DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2017.1313806.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Merched Anrhydedd’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1564/