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Society Spotlight: Freda Archer

Society Spotlight: Freda Archer

In 1953 Freda Archer made her society debut as Gwendolen in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, over the next forty years she would go on to occupy almost every office

in the Society, actress, Producer, Treasurer, Publicity, Bookings Officer and Chair.

In the 1970s, Freda was the theatres Treasurer, responsible for expenses, contracts and taxes. During this time there was much fundraising taking place for renovation work and the theatre was registered as a charity, taking on the strict finance rules related to the status.

In the 1990s, Freda took over the role as Chair, her time in post was during a momentous period of transformation for the Society. They had received a large amount of funding which allowed them to take ownership of the shop next door and the neighbouring disused public toilets. The extension doubled the size of the theatre and provided many opportunities for local people to get involved in the society.

Freda was a prolific and noted actress and producer during her day. She was known for immersing herself in character for plays, sometimes having her hair cut into period styles.

Freda retired as President in 2007. She was once quoted saying: “What I remember most is the friendships made and the community spirit. I would love to see this continue.” Freda Archer died peacefully at her home in Staffordshire in 2017 and the age of 92.

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