Milton Keynes Theatre and the openning of the Margaret Powell Square
The film consists of seven sections, some without sound, relating to Milton Keynes Theatre. It includes behind the scenes shots in wardrobe and several performances. There is also the official opening of the Margaret Powell Square by a Trustee of the Margaret Powell Foundation.
The film opens with a wardrobe scene with people cutting out cloth, sewing clothes, sorting the costumes on racks and ironing. One of the girls sewing answers questions about the evenings performance.
00:01:50 The film cuts to a woman sat alone at a table with a cup of tea. She is then behind the counter doing something. The camera moves erratically during this piece.
00:02:45 The film cuts to an event in the theatre foyer. Groups of people are talking and being served by people with trays.
00:04:01 The film cuts to a performance piece outside, with people in a tableau dressed in black or brown robes with black, brown or silver masks. They all rearrange themselves on five occasions and the film pans to include the spectators and zooms in and out regularly.
00:08:42 The film cuts to the Bradwell silver band performing outdoors under a marquee. At the end of the piece the film changes to show the front of the theatre and people arriving
00:10:54 The film cuts to daylight and shows the preparation and arrival of people for a ribbon cutting ceremony. A trustee of the Margaret Powell foundation (possibly Roger Norman) gives a speech for the opening of the Margaret Powell Square and cuts the ribbon. Champagne is served and people talk in small groups before heading into the theatre. Photographs are taken of Roger Norman (?) and the artist, Mee Kyoung Shin, with her marble artwork of Margaret Powell as they discuss the work.
00:21:45 The film cuts to inside the theatre auditorium as the audience arrive and the orchestra tune up. It cuts to the conductor arriving as the audience applaud. They play an unidentified piece of music as the camera focuses on different members of the orchestra. As the audience applaud the film cuts.
A transcript of the audio sections is avilable on request