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OUR HISTORY

Curtain up in 1923...

FFBOS have been around since the 20s.  Scroll down to read about our history or click to see memories of our previous productions.

 

1920's & 1930's

George V was on the throne and A. Bonar Law was Prime Minister, the BBC was just beginning to broadcast and Mars Bars were first appearing on the market when, in the summer of 1922, the birth of the Society took place. On a Friday night in August of that year, a meeting was held at the home of the late Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Manly when it was agreed that St. George’s Church, Hornsey, should have an Operatic and Choral Society...

1940's & 1950's

It is doubtful whether the Finchley Operatic Society (another new name) would have been re-formed in 1947 without the super-human efforts of Harold Hinton, who contacted old members and called a General Meeting where it was decided to revive the Society.
The first post-war production, "The Gondoliers", was presented in the spring of 1948, the musical director John Bennett continued as M.D. for 10 years, whilst the production was in the capable hands of Bob Baker.

1960's & 1970's

During the early 60's a series of "Pot-Pourri" evenings were held as well as normal productions. "Autumn Harmony" in 1962 and "Music Night" in 1963 gave an opportunity for the operatic and dramatic sections of the Society to come together and provide a greater miscellany of items, which were well received by audiences. In 1962 the Society won the Festival of Drama...

1980's & 1990's

What happened in the 80s?

2000 & Onwards

The new millennium saw the society enter the internet age with its own website and 3 premieres for the society, "Half a Sixpence", "Oh! What a Lovely War" in 2000 and "Chess", in 2001.
After a thorough search of the area to find the Society’s on ‘Tommy Steele’ to play the lead in "Half a Sixpence", director Allan Stronnach, choreographer Anna Twilley and M.D Steven Povey cast Peter Shreeves, who learn the mammoth role in a very short time (6-8 weeks). Peter, like other past members of the Society such as Kev Orkian, Peter Eldridge and Erik Williams, who all appeared in "Brigadoon" in 1996, decided to turn professional soon after, appearing in the Millfield Theatre’s 2001 panto.

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