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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 adversity


10 thoughts on “The Swish of the Curtain

  1. says:

    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


  2. says:

    This was my favourite book from age 10 so is beyond criticism So obsessed with it was I that a we tried to put on our own version of their panto Cinderella never happened and b as my copy had no illustrations I spent one summer holiday illustrating it on a small square notepad and tucking the pictures in between the pages Oh and c it was my specialist subject when I got to the final of my school's Mastermind competition I won I also desperately wanted to be an actress right up until the time at nearly 16 I appeared in our school play and had such bad stage fright I nearly threw upI cannot possibly put down on here how many times I've read it because I don't know I long ago lost count I used to go into fits of giggles over Maddie's outrageous lies As a plump child I think I identified with her when I first read it probably later identifying with the conventional Sandra although I can't dress make and I only sing as well as her in my mindOK I have one teeny criticism of it My favourite book before this was The Box of Delights so unlike Nigel and Mr Fayne I knew a bishop should be addressed as Your GraceIt's also interesting that when the children go to see Twelfth Night they and the rest of the audience laugh until they cry at the scene of Malvolio being taunted in his cell I think modern audiences find the scene uncomfortable and cruel Harsher times much like Shakespeare's it was first published during the war after all


  3. says:

    A group of talented children comes together to form the Blue Door Theatre Company I figured I would like this because I do like backstage type books like Noel Streatfeild and I did though oddly it took me a while to get into perhaps because it took a while to get to know each of the characters I did like how the group's experience with creating and acting their own plays turns into possibly actual careers rather than just being a one time or holiday thing and it makes me particularly eager to track down and read the sequels Though since they're all out of print I think that's going to take me forever


  4. says:

    This book is an absolute fairy tale and one I am surprised I haven’t already read as a child Neither the story nor the character development is particularly complex but those things are unimportant here as it is such a beautifully told tale“The Swish of the Curtain” is 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 heart warming and magical tale of triumph over adversity Originally published in 1941 reading “The Swish of the Curtain” felt like reading something from a bygone world The book is special as it is simply about growing up with no sense of time or awareness and it is about things being what you want them to beNow that I have discovered this book I think it will be one that I will be reading again{Thank you to Edelweiss and Pushkin Press for the free copy of this book and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review}


  5. says:

    I was so excited to write a review for this one The Swish of the Curtain is strangely both as relevant as ever and slightly dated at the same time But it's a wonderful read First released in 1941 it talks about timeless things such as ambition talent and your parents not letting you do what you want with your life Then again something that has been written back when my grandmother was born has to be dated in some ways too and they're not surprising But let's talk about good things first If I had to place this book I would say it's somehow both middle grade and YA I think that's got a lot to do with the fact that children's age was understood very differently back then and they had freedom where we don't right now like walking around alone and doing whatever you want with your time but also didn't where we assume we will have freedom now pursuing a career we want for example All of these things that have changed or on the contrary stayed the same are interesting to compare with today's times And the main messages stay the same What's still relevant and inspiring in this book is that it's about kids with ambition and direction – and it's about kids who are willing to fight for their chosen career instead of what their parents think would be a safe career for them I don't know if this is a problem many teens still face today but even if they don't the topic of going forward to reach your dreams and figuring out your direction is a great oneCome and read the full review here I thank the publisher for giving me a free e copy of the book through Edelweiss in exchange to my honest opinion Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinionRead Post On My Blog | Themed Bookstagram | Quick Update Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    I first read this book when I was about ten and 'starring' in my own Brit neighborhood theater production I fell completely in love with the book and actually carried it around with me in consequent and frequent moves till I was about 18 and in NYC Today I can't believe Pamela Brown started the book at age 14 finished it at 16


  8. says:

    Loved this one Charmingly old fashioned but without being stale I can understand why this book inspired so many thespians


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    This is a book that I first read when I was about 14 years old and didn't know my place in the world I was at school this book was out of print and I loved it so much I spent 2 weeks every night copying it out word for word into a notebook I still have that first copy of the book at home This is a story about seven children 4 girls 3 boys who end up starting an amateur theater adventure after the youngest Maddy breaks a window of a church that was no longer being used The children put on a variety of plays and grow in so many ways throughout allowing them to become truer to themselves throughout A wonderful story of growth accepting and using your differences as well as your strengths and to fight for what you want in life Just DO NOT forget to have fun while doing it As it was set in the late 40's some of the references may be lost on some people and many of the phrases used have changed in meaning but it is still a wonderful story that predates the world of Enid Blyton but keeps a similar strength to the robustness of characters