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This production of Aladdin, in December 1941, was an all female affair. There was a war on, so any men who might have also taken part were not available. The cast included women from Matlock who were members of Matlock Bath's W.I.

People in the top image

Back Row:
Mrs. Morton | Mrs. Bernice Stoddart (Genie) | Mrs. Wolfenden

Middle row:
Miss Cawood | Miss Jean Hoyland | Unknown | Mrs. Vera Smith (the Wicked Uncle) | Miss Eleanor Gertrude Smith (shop) | Unknown | Mrs. Nellie Wilkinson | Olive Wright (formerly Buckley) | May Kirkland | Unknown | Unknown | Unknown

Front row (sitting on the stage floor):
Unknown | Miss Marion Boden | Unknown | Unknown | Unknown

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A few of the cast members.

In November 1940 several local Women's Institutes met at the Parochial Hall to listen to a talk given by the Duchess of Devonshire about life under the Nazis in which she described the restrictions faced by those living in countries under Nazi domination and the limitations imposed, especially on women; she pointed out that an organisation like the WI would not be allowed the liberty of freedom of speech that was enjoyed in the United Kingdom. The Matlock Bath WI afterwards provided a lighter note as they later entertained members with pieces from the pantomimes they had produced for the Christmas season[1].


1. Photographer unknown. Image supplied by and Copyright © Ken Smith collection. Re scanned 2020.
2. Photographer unknown. Image © Bernice Stoddart collection.
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[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 6 Nov 1940.