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The Bradstone Pageant
The Bradstone Pageant of 1929 was a small event staged by Mary Kelly, the influential founder of the Village Drama Society. Also involved in the production of the pageant was Arthur Quiller-Couch, ...
The Antiquities of Selborne, Shown to the World by the Rev. Gilbert White, of Selborne, in the Country of Southampton
Note: see also the entry for Pageant of Selborne (1938).The rural nostalgia of the interwar period has been extensively documented by historians, and the 1926 Selborne Pageant is an excellent examp...
Exeter Fete and the Pageant of ‘A Pitiful Queene’
‘A Pitiful Queene’ was probably Mary Kelly’s largest pageant, and certainly her only one held in a city or a large town. Mary Kelly (1888–1951) founded the Village Dramatic Society in 1919 in her n...
Pageant of Selborne: Gilbert White’s Village
This pageant had previously been performed, with a modicum of success, in Selborne in 1926 (for further details, see entry for 1926 Selborne Pageant). It was revived in 1938 without revisions. Iron...
The Pageant of Launceston
Launceston’s Pageant Master, Mary Kelly, was key force behind the Village Dramatic Society. The society was founded in 1919 in Kelly’s native Devon, and put on numerous plays and pageants in the 19...