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An article with three photographs describing the Splott Operatic Society's 1967 production.

According to their website: "On 9th February 1954, a group of Splott businessmen called a public meeting and put forward the idea of forming an Operatic Society to further the "Arts" in the area. The Society was formed and temporarily named 'The Splott & District Amateur Operatic Society'. It was received enthusiastically by the Splott community, but a few obstacles had to be overcome before a 'Show' could be presented. These were lack of finance, lack of suitable rehearsal rooms etc.… in May 1955 the Society staged its first production 'THE GEISHA' at the old St. Iltyd School Hall in Courtenay Road." (, accessed 8/5/17)



THE SHOW goes on-and members of Splott Operatic Society hold a dress rehearsal of Maritza which started a week's run at the Welsh College of Advanced Technology, Cardiff, last night.

Earlier it was feared the show might have to be cancelled because the costumes had disappeared en route from Leeds. But they were eventually discovered in a Gloucester railway siding and rushed to Cardiff.

Wearing some of the colourful outfits are (above and alongside) members of the chorus, while in the lower picture Ken Jones (Cheko) offers a drink to (left to right) Ann Morton (Maritza), Margaret Lavington (Manja), Margot Butler (Ilka), Oliver Scott (Karl) and Edna McGarth (Lisa).

From Microform, Local Studies, Cardiff Library.
Image created by The British Library Board.
Copyright: Media Wales.

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