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READ The Swish of the Curtain º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ The story of seven children who form The Blue Door Theatre Company renovating a disused chapel and putting on plays Despite opposition from parents and friends they finally overcome all obstacles and win a drama competition It is a tale of triumph over adversityThe story of seven children who form The Blue Door Theatre Company renovating a disused. My thanks to Steerforth PressPushkin Press and Netgalley for a review copy of this bookThe Swish of the Curtain is the first of the Blue Door series of books by Pamela Brown first published in the 1940s This is a series a goodreads friend of mine had been telling me about for years but I hadn’t so far been able to get my hands on a copy When I noticed that this series was being brought out again and this was being offered on NetGalley I jumped at the chanceThis is essentially the story of seven children between the ages of 9 and 17 three sets of siblings a pair among them twins who are all interested in the stage and are coincidentally talented in different ways in that direction By accident they discover a derelict place in their town of Fenchester where they can try out their talents and form the Blue Door Theatre Company which stages amateur performances of various plays—from scenes from Shakespeare to pantomimes to plays that they write themselves complete with songs and music Lyn is a talented actress Jeremy a violinist Sandra designs and sews costumes while Nigel does the sets besides all of them acting of course—the others Maddy the youngest Bulldog and Vicky too have different talents acting and dancing Their parents are sceptical of their talents but the children soon prove that they have it in them While this leads to praise and encouragement from their vicar and even the Bishop their parents still want them to take up conventional lines of work The children however dream of going on the stage professionally Will their dreams be realised or will they have to give in to their parents’ diktats To know you will have to read the story of courseThis book did take me a little while to get into possibly my fault rather than the book but after I got a little way in I really began to enjoy it and wanted to keep reading on to see how the children got on with things The story of course is of their various adventures in getting their theatre together as well as putting up the various theatricals which they come up with or are asked to put on but it is also about their ambitions to really do something on stage professionally and how this leads to much unpleasantness with their parents who don’t see things in the same way as they do These parts of the story I thought were really well done Obviously one finds oneself supporting the children but one can see the point the parents have since their decisions come from their worries about their children’s future Also enjoyable were the performances the children put up since one goes through the whole process with them from planning and writing the plays to set design rehearsals make up and costumes to the actual show it is great fun seeing all of it play out But aside from all of this what had me in awe of this book was that it was written by Pamela Brown who herself did go on stage as well when she was 14 or 15 and it is remarkable how she has brought out not only the aspects of the performance the writing of the plays and songs but also their parents worries about their future and their ‘clashes’ with the children and even their dismal or close to performance at school—I mean even though the reader’s and her support is for the children Brown does manage to still give a picture of all the characters’ viewpoints and objectively assess the children themselves their anger jealousy strengths and weaknesses and also in some ways the grown ups Very enjoyable read Four and a half starsThis review also appears on my blog

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Vercome all obstacles and win a drama competition It is a tale of triumph over adversit. Yum yum yumIf you like Noel Streatfield's books you'll love this Very much in the line of Theater Shoes it's the story of a group of friends from 9 15 who dream of going on the stage It's still wish fulfillment fiction with its wonderful coincidences; the difference is that Brown herself was fourteen years old when she wrote it This makes her kids utterly believable she knew how kids thought felt behaved and expressed themselves There's no condescension no cuteness no adult winking over the kids' heads at adult readers or making sly jokes at her characters' expense If I have one complaint it's that seven friends is possibly too many I know Brown chose that number so that she would have a whole company to do all the different jobs but it got a bit confusing for me remembering who was who and related to which other one There was the faintest odour of Enid Blyton about the story but nothing overwhelming and no sleuthingThe manuscript of this book survived the London blitz and I'm glad it did I usually reserve children's classics for nighttime reading but I simply couldn't put this one down until I'd eaten it all I hope I can find of Brown's output

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The Swish of the CurtainChapel and putting on plays Despite opposition from parents and friends they finally o. This was my favourite book as a child and it's the comfort reading I return to at least once a year This is my kind of fantasy really a group of kids all have talents in a theatrical direction stumble across an abandoned church hall are given it by kindly vicar and rise to local fame putting on productions Far than magical lands and talking animals this was the kind of highly improbable adventure I used to imagine would happen to me I sometimes wonder if I'd love this book so much if I'd come across it for the first time as an adult but actually I think I would it's well written witty and full of perfect characters from the benevolent Bishop to the awful Mrs Potter Smith I can recite parts of this book off by heart but I know I'll keep reading it on at least an annual basis for years to come