Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield

Here are some memories and images which I hope will be of interest to former pupils, family historians and kindred spirits!

1951-52 The Operatic Society presented five public performances in the school refectory of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas ‘The Mikado‘ and ‘The Pirates of Penzance‘ in 1951 & 1952, probably in that order, but, my first term being the September 1950 intake, I hadn’t yet foreseen the desirability of squirreling away keepsakes.

1953 However, fame and fortune beckoned a few lesser mortals when the production of the rather short ‘HMS Pinafore‘ allowed time for a curtain raiser in the form of a one-act play by Eden Philpotts entitled ‘Something to Talk About‘, performed by junior form members. The ‘Foreword’ in the Autumn 1953 edition of the School Magazine mentions the Highlights of the Year as including ‘HMS Pinafore’ but adds only that ‘a junior play was also performed’. So if you’ve ever puzzled over exactly what that was – now you know!


1953 Junior Play
1953 Junior Play - take 2
July 1954
July 1955
December 1956 (G B Shaw)
December 1957 (G B Shaw)

Comments about this page

  • Happy times and songs

    By David Edge (28/07/2023)
  • Clearing out my parents’ house I found a school badge. A check on the internet revealed it was from Brunts. Found my father’s name, Robert Wharmby, on these theatre programmes!

    By Rachel wharmby (24/10/2020)
  • Wonderful to see in print the school song (which 55 years after leaving I still know by heart).

    By Harry Whitehouse (17/09/2020)
  • I remember Marion Stow as a teacher at the Manor School
    She was a great teacher but unfortunately her skills were lost on me

    By Steve Price (26/02/2019)
  • That Eden Philpotts play was terrible!  I remember my embarrassment at being required to kiss Doreen Lee on stage.  My first line was “What-ho!  You’re a burglar”.

    By Alan Mellors (04/05/2018)
  • Lots of happy memories of Brunts. Thank you to Donald Godfrey. Many of the 1950 entry still in touch.

    By Marion Rutherford (17/12/2017)

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