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The Schooling of Miss Martha

A play by Hattie Townsend

To be performed as part of The Saltaire Festival

Saturday 9th and
Sunday 10th Sept 2006

2.30 p.m. in the basement of
The United Reformed Church
Victoria Road, Saltaire
(opposite Salts Mill)
The Tourist Information Centre

2 Victoria Road
£4 / £3 conc. from
Telephone 01274 774993

Hattie Townsend's play, Schooling Miss Martha is set in Saltaire, 1877, a year after the death of Sir Titus Salt. Martha is a bright girl and loves her work as a teaching assistant at the village school, working alongside Miss Wade the School Mistress, played by Rosie Brooks from Bingley Little Theatre. Rosie's character was a real person who devoted her life to teaching Saltaire children in the 1860's and 70's.  Encouraged by Miss Wade, Martha develops a passion for self improvement but knows that her mother will expect her to work in the family business, a cafe in Bradford. Washing pots for a living and flirting with the customers for tips does not appeal to Martha. She wins a place at Darlington to train as a teacher - but will she be allowed to follow her dream?

Miss Martha is played by Chloe Horsfield and is ably assisted by an eager cast of children from Kaleidoscope, the children's theatre workshop in Bingley's Little Theatre.The cast is also graced by Sylvie Nunn,the piano-playing Miss Tootill, and professional actress, Laura Judge from Bingley who plays Mrs Salt, the voice of temperance and reason. Laura has appeared on TV in Emmerdale and The Chase.

Support the cast and enjoy the play! Tickets are available from The Tourist Information Centre on Victoria Road in Saltaire, telephone 01274 774993. It's this Saturday and Sunday.

Read more about the history behind the play >
The Kaleidoscope cast >
Acknowledgements >
See the images >

The Kaleidoscope group of Bingley Little Theatre

Joseph Banks, played by
  Bradley Davis
Alfred Eastwood, played by
  Michael May
Herbert Spink, played by
  Bradley Judge
William Trev, played by
  Tom Barker
Arnold Trevis, played by
  Nathan Barker
Enid Baggins, played by
  Naomii Lees
Sarah-Jane Booth, played by
  Chloe Judge
Susannah Booth, played by
  Chloe Marks
Deborah Collins, played by
  Emma Ricketts
Charlotte Green, played by
  Grace Partington
Norah Holroyd, played by
  Catherine Harris
Maria Rodriguez, played by
  Daena Gloster

With grateful thanks to:

Len Morris and all at the United Reformed Church, Saltaire
Rosemary Grainger and the Kaleidoscope group of Bingley Little Theatre
Bingley Little Theatre for use of their rehearsal space

Angela & Wardrobe at the Priestley Theatre Bradford

Rosie and Jim Brooks
Mandy Barker and the family

The Industrial Museum, Eccleshill Bradford, for their invaluable help with research
Bronwyn Clarke for costume alterations and much more
Katie Clarke for the original graphics
Pamela Reynolds for photography and website
Tim Rowbottom for making the authentic 'backboard'

With special thanks to Anne & Roger Heald at The Saltaire Tourist Information & Gift Centre
Susan Jones & Clive Woods


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