Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a scene illustration proceedings ‘down in a coal mine’ and introducing various concrete numbers as sung by a number of Welsh miners. After a good deal of realistic business in a ‘heading’ with horses, tools, lamps etc. work has to be temporarily stopped through a fall which blocks the tramway. So the miners fill up time by practising some familiar part-songs, which they are rehearsing for an entertainment which they propose giving as a farewell to a couple of comrades who are leaving them, one to join the army and the other the navy. A wholesome sketch, full of technical detail likely to interest its special audience. Recommended for license Ernest A. Bendall.

Researcher's Summary:

The title of the play was mis-spelt as Rhonda Miners on the script submitted for licence.

Licensed On: 27 Nov 1917

License Number: 1253




British Library Reference: LCP1917/23

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66178 M


17 Dec 1917 Workmen’s Hall, Ferndale, GlamorganUnknown Licensed Performance
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No evidence has been found for this performance taking place.
27 Jan 1919 Hippodrome, LlanellyProfessional
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Performed for the week for 27 January 1919 alongside performances by Florence Cooper, Jean Le Roy and TomMacer, James Welsh, The Two Dandies, and Damsel and a Boy.
31 Mar 1919 Hippodrome, DerbyProfessional
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Performance billed as 'The Eight Rhondda Miners'. Performance at 6.30 and 8.30pm. Other acts on the same bill were: Mafuziang Manhue Troupe (Chinese), Sammy Shields (speakable Scot), Herbert Winter and Bunny (Burlesque), Carr Lynn (animal imitator), De Alma (Banjo)
5 Jan 1920 Hippodrome, NottinghamProfessional
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Performed for the week including the song 'Down in a Coal Mine'. Other acts on the bill were Alec Daimler and Dora Eadie, R. W. Willey, Miss Billie Val and partner, Ted Waite, Howard Flynn, Elste Haynson Charles Hanbury and Jonny Schofield, and Answerouls, the great Belgian acrobats.
20 Apr 1925 Empire Theatre, BurnleyProfessional
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Other acts on the same bill were: Tina Paynola (lady mimic),The Zanfrellas (balancing act) Ted Marcel (skater), Beryl Harmer (singer), Bobbie and Beattie (Comedy duo), Norman Osborne (ventriloquist)
28 Apr 1925 Hippodrome, ExeterProfessional
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Performed from 28 April to 4 May. Also on the bill was Jock McKay (Scot comedian).