[ Gale Pedrick; ENSA ] Four substantial Typed Letters Signed Gale [Pedrick] to theatre historian, W. Macqueen Pope known as Popie, in charge of publicity for ENSA [Entertainments National Service Association]. WITH: multiple ideas (typescripts).

Author: 
Gale Pedrick [ Frank Gale Pedrick-Harvey (1906–1970), author, journalist, scriptwriter, and broadcaster.]
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All 1941 (May, June and September). Letters headed 11th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, Seaton Barracks, Crownhill, Plymouth~From the papers of W. J. MacQueen-Pope, Theatre Historian, MacQueen-Pope, who was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. Four Typed Letters Signed Gale, 5pp. 4to, with sprinkling of additions in MS, fold marks, very good condition. WITH; typescript torrents of ideas, 10pp., 4to, most in very good condition (one torn and crumpled), sent as attachments to the letters. LETTER ONE: He says his list of ideas is self-explanatory but he then lists points around the titles Ideas, Sketches, Lyrics Films, Job, anticipating his going to go away 'in the field'. ATTACHED: Typescript, 5pp., 4to, in which he gives explications of his ideas for shows, titles: 1. 48 Hours Leave; 2. E.N.S.A. was at Waterloo; 3. Jack of All Trades; 4. Compere - the Duke [Wellington etc]; 5. Hearts of Oak [patriotic songs]; 6. 10 minute features 7. Sweethearts and Wives - May they Never Meet; 8. I Could a Tail Unfold; Individual items (weekly letters, Counterparts in the past, Entertainers at the Piano. LETTER TWO: Basically concerning how slowly things are going because of bureaucracy and issues affecting the organisation. ATTACHED: a song by him, apparently unpublished, When I get Back to Civvy-Street Again AND ideas for a feature/story. LETTER THREE: His movements, involvement with the Tavistock War Weapons Week (included looking after an aged Cyril Maude), and other bits and pieces. LETTER FOUR: He is pleased at news about his idea ENSA was at Waterloo and will get on with it, asking for Popie's ideas. He has attached a four-page list of a few of the 'possibles' - you know, the songs and personalities of Trades, to be compered by a leading person, asking for suggestions of names for comperes. His list includes Cooks and Waiters (Waitresses added in his hand), Shopgirl, Seafarer, Farmers, Sport, Nurses, etc. etc. He adds anothe suggestion for four programmes about (1) Blondes; (2) Red-Heads; (3) Brunettes; (4) Bald. MacQueen-Pope was in charge of publicity at Drury Lane for 21 years, including four years running publicity for the whole of ENSA, which had its headquarters in the building. This small archive also includes; Suggestions for Settings for ENSA Half Hour, 3pp., 4to, carbon. 9.9.41, devised by W. MacQueen-Pope; Suggestions for ENSA through the Ages, typescript, carbon, one page 4to; Norman Lee, 'Suggestions for| E.N.S.A. Half Hour (Title to be Arranged)', outline for a broadcast, typescript, two pages, with covering typed note. Two related scarps.~600~TYPESCRIPT THEATRE ENTERTAINMENT DRURY LANE ENSA~ ~0~SF41~ ~ ~ ~ ~
£600.00
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