Other Plays by Alec Baron
Baron, Alec (English playwright, director of radio, screen, television, writer, November 29, 1913-October 27, 1991), “Company Come,”
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““There ain't no dead things. Everything’s living.'—Alec Baron - playwright, http://www.doollee.com/, accessed March 10, 2006.
Research could include Leeds University Library’s Alec Baron Archive in the Brotherton Collection MS 20c Theatre Introduction. “This collection was most generously given to the Library by Alec Baron’s family via Martin Banham in 1990s, with further donations of 3 notebooks in December 2004, and his personal memoir and additional programmes in July 2005. They reflect his life as a prominent figure in amateur and professional theatre and film in Leeds from the 1930s to 1980s. . . . In an early age of a schoolboy he developed a keen interest in cinema and theatre, and with seven likeminded friends he formed the Dramatic and Arts Club, which was to meet every Friday for several years in alternate houses to discuss the arts. The same group of schoolboys ambitiously started the Leeds Film Group, showing films for people interested in seeing German, Russian, French and other Art Cinema films that were not shown at commercial cinemas. It was the first film society founded in England outside of London, and a successful achievement with a sold out audience at every performance. Baron and the other founders later formed the Leeds Film Institute Society (later Leeds Film Society), and around the same time Baron strongly supported the formation of the British Film Institute. He also made significant contributions to the setting up of the National Film Archive, which from thereafter he was able to use freely. Baron acted as the secretary of the Leeds Film Society during many seasons, and the Society subsequently sponsored the Leeds Film Theatre at the Playhouse, which opened on 27 September 1970. Baron had decided to leave school and move to London in order to break into films. However, following the death of his brother and his other brother getting married and moving away from home, he was obliged to stay at home in Leeds. Baron then started his own theatre company, called the Astra, as he regarded theatre the next best thing to films, and without equipment he was unable pursue films. He also directed the annual University Students Rag Show on many occasions. In the late thirties Baron discovered left movement drama in Leeds, and enthusiastically started to write political revue. There already was a Unity Theatre at Kings Cross in London, having developed from the Workers’ Theatre Movement, and seeing the need for one in Leeds, Baron formed a Unity Theatre in Leeds with a group of people. They started in 1939 with a performance of a play at the Left Book Club in Leeds for an audience of about 30 people on a stage without curtains or lights. . . . The Unity Theatre also developed its own playwrights and many of the plays and revues performed were written by the members of Leeds Unity Theatre. They became successful very quickly, and were soon performing shows every week. In the summer 1942 a Children's Theatre was started at Unity Theatre, which staged such plays as The Wild Geese and The Pied Piper. In 1943 the company moved to a larger theatre in the City, the Civic Theatre, with a capacity of 200. In addition to plays and revues, the Unity Theatre produced also two ballets, The League of Nations and Industrial Ballet, as well as mass declamations, notably, Salute the Soviet Union. When Baron was called up to the army, Kate Plenty took over from him as the director. Baron and Plenty wrote a successful full-length play, Comrade enemy, which ran for thirteen weeks at Unity in 1942, and was much praised by Sybil Thorndike. The aim of the Unity Theatre, which was mainly run by communists, was to produce plays and revues with depth, meaning and a real modern message, mainly concerning social and economical conditions and politics of the time. Instead of merely providing entertainment, they presented a programme of drama dealing with progressive and antifascist ideas. A lively Unity Theatre movement thrived in Leeds in the 1930s and 1940s. Leeds Unity Theatre was closed at the beginning of 1945, but was reborn two years later as Leeds Citizen's Theatre. Baron also directed plays with Jewish themes for the Jewish community in Leeds. He was the first administrator of the Leeds Playhouse, which he left in 1972 to pursue writing.”—Comprises: I, http://22.214.171.124/, accessed March 10, 2006.