Historical information

The Kew Light Opera Company was formed in 1952, and mounted a number of musical and variety productions each year until it was subsumed in the "Q" Theatre Guild in 1957. Most of the Company's performances took place in the Kew Recreation Hall in Wellington Street, Kew. A list of its productions by year includes: 1952 Florodora 1953 The Cingalee 1953 San Toy OR The Emperor’s Own 1953 Celebratory variety performance 195? While the Sun Shines 1954 A Country Girl 1954 Our Miss Gibbs 1955 The Toreador 1955 The Arcadians 1956 The Maid of the Mountains 1956 Whiteoaks 1956 Good night Vienna! 1957 A Country Girl


The Marion Tilley scrapbook is a significant record of performing arts in Melbourne during the 1950s and 1960s. The scrapbook includes programmes, photographs, newspaper reports and personal annotations which are a rich source of detail about repertoire, performers, and artistic sensibility in the period.

Physical description

Souvenir programme isued by the Kew Light Opera Company for a performance of 'The Cingalee'. Performances were held in the Kew Recreation Hall on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 June 1953. The programme forms part of a scrapbook that includes programmes, photographs and theatre reviews for the Kew Light Opera Company and later "Q" Theatre Guild.