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 Arcadians: a Musical Fantasy in 3 Acts' by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot. Performances were held in the Kew Recreation Hall on 26, 27, 28, 29 October 1955. 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.