Stage by Stage: 75 Years of Theatre in Market Harborough by Arthur Jones
For all its wonderful achievements, both on stage and off, Market Harborough Drama Society had something else to be proud of when it reached its 75th anniversary this year. It was a milestone worthy of celebration - and some of the more pro-active members of the society got to work organising what form those celebrations should take. A number of events were planned. One aim was to update the book Stage By Stage, first published during the society's diamond jubilee year in 1993. It was decided that, when the book was updated in the 75th anniversary year, the original Stage By Stage, conceived and written as a labour of love by the late Arthur Jones, who had long-standing links with the society, should remain intact. His efforts had produced a fascinating and valuable account of the society's colourful past, and it was agreed his original text should not be altered. Updating the book, however, would take just as much time and effort, as the last 15 years had seen many changes, as well as a number of memorable plays and performances. It would be a collaborative process. Many members of the drama society would contribute memories and stories to help fill its pages. Though impossible to mention everyone who has contributed to the theatre and the drama society over the years, the aim of the new version of Stage By Stage is to promote and showcase what the society does, as well as capture and preserve, in writing, its important place within the town's history.