40 or so alumni, who were members and supporters of the Guild Theatre Group fifty years ago, had a reunion in the Beorma Bar on June 19th, opposite the Debating Hall where their shared memories began.
There were broad smiles and chuckles of disbelief as they recognized each other and perused their own memorabilia and the extensive display of reviews and profiles in copies of Redbrick, which Phil Bassett, Senior Archivist in the University Library had expertly prepared. There were sighs and laughs and applause at the medley performed in the Deb Hall by members of the current GMTG. And there were nods and murmurs of appreciation at the short address by Professor John Russell Brown, 15 years older than the 70 year-olds listening.
If anybody says student life is just about getting a degree and that Student Unions are a distraction, let them note this group. Life-long friendships were made, their student lives and their preparation for the world beyond university were enhanced by the opportunity to take part in GTG in the Guild building under the auspices of the Students’ Union all those years ago.
(Report by Michael Freeman, 1962 BA English)