Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Music and Drama

Old School

School Dramatic Production, April 1904
White Magic (Netta Syrett) & The Critic (R.B. Sheridan)

from School Archives

In the early days of the school, the first Head Master W. Jenkyn Thomas, instituted a series of ambitious dramatic productions. Currently, we know the details of just the 1904, 1905 and 1906 plays. Casting was easier in the years prior to 1914, when the school had both boys and girls to take the parts. By clicking on the small page images below, you will be able to read details of the 1904 event, including the cast members.

White Magic is described as a A Fairy Play, which might have been the choice of the Headmaster, as at this time he was himself preparing his book The Welsh Fairy Book, first published in 1907; he clearly had an interest in this field.

Click the small images below to see larger versions.

Front Cover

Front Cover of Programme

White Magic p2

"White Magic"

The Critic p3

"The Critic"

Rear Cover

Rear Cover of Programme

White Magic Cast Photo

“White Magic” Cast Photograph

Cast Photo

“The Critic” Cast Photograph

Some close-ups from White Magic
Magic 2 Boys

Two Goblins

Magic Moustash

A Nobleman

Magic 2 girls

Two of the leading female actors

Magic Witch

Mabel Cocking
as The Witch


Minnie Hughes - a fairy in White Magic

Some close-ups from The Critic
Critic Shadrach

Shadrach Lewis
as Lord Burleigh

Critic Gladys Jones

Gwladys Jones
as the First Niece

Critic D.O. Roberts

D.O. Roberts
as The Prompter

Critic Mary Jones

Mary Jones
as the Second Niece

The Aberdare Leader report on the evening
Leader Report

Leader Report of Drama Event