February 1937: Tenth Birthday Programme of Children’s Theatre

Please note before reading the article below, that it contains words and terms, in common use in the twentieth century, which may offend

the reader.


An article on page eight of The Glasgow Herald, on Monday the 1st of March, 1937, reads:




Ten years ago the Children’s Theatre, under the direction of Miss

Bertha Waddell, gave its first performance, and on Saturday in the

Royal Institute, Glasgow, the company presented a programme of

favourite items taken from its repertoire built up during the past



The programme had an international flavour, with nursery rhymes

and fairy tales of French, German, Chinese, and Russian origin, and

there was even an original Red Indian operetta.


The items were staged with that charm and simplicity of appeal which

have always distinguished the performances of the theatre. Each piece

was presented by the cast with a studied emphasis of movement and a

clarity of enunciation which was satisfying to children and adults by its




George Fairfull-Smith, February 2022.