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Ladies in Retirement performed at the Great Hall Grove Park School on 26th March, 1943

The war years were, of course, a period of great difficulty, and considerable effort was needed to keep the society in being. There were periods of hope and despondency in its affairs.

The difficulties were immense: accommodation, rehearsal room, props, timber, staging, paper for programmes - the list is endless; and with so many males being called up, finding plays of one scene, with few male characters, was not easy.

However, all these problems were somehow overcome, and the reputation of the society was not only maintained but enhanced.

From 1939 to 1945 a total of 22 productions were put on, including three full-length plays.

Blithe Spirit performed by the Grove Park Amateur Dramatic Society in October, 1945

The year 1945 saw the ‘Hut’ regained and, from the autumn of 1945 into 1946, a full programme of plays, one-act plays, play readings, lectures, theatre visits and social evenings was enjoyed.

At this point mention should be made of the society’s entries to the Denbighshire and Flintshire Drama Festivals. A total of 38 plays were entered between the years 1934 and 1955, and the Festival of 1938 saw the society win the premier trophy for the first time with their entry Riders to the Sea by JM Synge.

Another interesting titbit from the archives reveals that, during some of the plays and play readings given during the war years at the home of Dr and Mrs Reid, often in aid of the Red Cross, members of the society were able to share the limelight with such notables as Andrew Cruickshank, Andre Morrell and Jack Hawkins, all of whom were stationed with the Army in Wrexham.

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