This wonderful photo dates from 1948 - a Unity Theatre outing to Box Hill outside London. The Unity Theatre was a left-wing theatre group based in St Pancras which numbered among its members several future stars of stage and screen: Warren Mitchell, Alfie Bass, Michael Gambon, Lionel Bart, and others. Such literary giants as Peter Ustinov, Ted Willis and (my particular interest) the novelist Alexander Baron were also key figures in Unity - a creative power house in the years after the Second World War. The Unity Theatre Trust seeks to continue its work.
This photo was provided to me by Muriel Walker, herself a Unity veteran. She worked with Alexander Baron, and very kindly shared her memories of Unity and of him. But who are all those featured in this very warm and evocative group photo? With Muriel's help, and numbering those featured as below, I've started to put names to faces - if you can help, please do get in touch by adding a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
LATER: We're not doing very well in identifying those in the photo - do please spread the word if you know people who may be able to help.
For more about Unity's Red Beryl - do visit these pages: http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/the-purging-of-red-beryl/
And there's another Unity photo on this site here: http://www.andrewwhitehead.net/1/post/2012/11/unity-revisited.html
1: Beryl Bass, wife of Alfie Bass
3: Muriel Dobkin
5: Betty Oxenbould
6: Alec Bernstein (Alexander Baron)
10: Ray Bernard
12: Joyce Kirby
24: Fred Bishop
28: Tom Kernot
29: Gerry Sharpe, general manager of Unity
31: Anita Davis
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