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A Vision of Empire
‘A Vision of Empire’ was commissioned by the Daily Express in 1932 as part of the annual Empire Day celebrations. It was written to be a short pageant of only 30 minutes, conducted at ‘lightning sp...
Music and the People
As Mick Wallis has suggested, pageants were an important political tool for left-wing movements during the 1930s. Although the Pageant of Labour, held in London in 1934, had been a significant fail...
The Pageant of Parliament
The Pageant of Parliament, also advertised as ‘Parliament and the People’, was a major pageant-play that took place in the Royal Albert Hall in 1934. It had an extensive run of 24 performances, a c...
Communist Manifesto Centenary Meeting and Pageant
The Communist Manifesto was the first full statement of the aims of the working-class movement and of its mission—to be ‘the grave-digger of capitalism’…History has already confirmed the conclusion...
Waifs and Strays Pageant
The pageant was one of several arranged by the Waifs and Strays Society held around the country, though it seems that different scripts were used for each pageant. The society had previously held p...