Going Beyond the Barriers

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Mom’s Guiding ambitions grew by leaps and bounds after that first foray at the Davies plot. Now she turned her attentions to training Katie Bosman to run a Coloured Troop, and Florence Chileshe a young school teacher from Amaveni Township to run Wayfarers (a modified version of Girl Guides for Africans).

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A Uniform of a Different Sort

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A Uniform of a Different Sort

As you recall in last weeks blog I hoped that I would fit in at school wearing a school uniform like everyone else. My mother too believed in uniforms as a great equalizer.

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Anticipation Is Best

Anticipation Is Best

Last week I wrote about the Swiss embroidered muslin dresses that my mother made for me. They marked me outwardly as different at church on Sundays. I had other reasons too for being different. School and a uniform held great promise for me.

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Transparency

Transparency

Transparency

In the past weeks, I have been writing about Que Que’s pantomimes, highlighting a few of the townsfolk that made them the success that they were. We could go on for quite some time with these tales, and perhaps I’ll return to it later. However, I thought I’d switch for now and give you a bit of a child’s perspective on the freedom of choice my parents afforded us.

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The Roast

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The Roast

Mary Morrison was Mom’s right hand, reliable, amiable and ‘absolutely vital’ in the smooth organization of the front of house and finances for all the pantos: all the things that were not Mom’s strengths. Mary would trundle the pram with first one baby and then the next to all rehearsals, meetings and prop workshops. There was always a bevy of little girls in the cast eager to baby sit.

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Donkey’s Years

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Jiminy Cricket Lynn Jelks Pinocchio Wendy Allen Pearls Leslie Opperman June Mackey Me Lesley Candy Lobster Susan Harman Donkey’s Years Mom remembered the magical Pantomimes she had seen every Christmastime at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg as a child.  It began with the tram ride from her home in Observatory to down town.  Next, came…

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