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Record 29254

Reading Experience:


'A meeting held at School House 4/12/28 T. C. Elliott in the chair

1 Minutes of the last read and approved


4 The Most Part of the Tempest was then read the Play being cast as follows.
Alonso King of Naples Mrs Stansfield.
Sebastian, his brother Miss Brain.
Prsopero [sic], the right Duke of Milan Mr Stansfield.
Antonio, his brother, usurping Duke of Milan Mr Elliott.
Ferdinand, son to King of Naples Mr Reynolds.
Gonzalo, honest old Counsellor Mr Rawlings.
Adrian, a Lord Mrs Pollard
Caliban, a savage and deformed slave Mr Pollard.
Trinculo, a Jester Mr Smith.
Stephano, a Drunken Butler Mr Robson
Miranda, daughter to Prospero Miss Bowman Smith
Ariel, an airy Spirit Miss Wallis
Mrs Rawlings read the stage directions
Mrs [or Mr.?] Robson sang some of Ariel’s songs.'

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 4 Dec 1928
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Leighton Park School
location in dwelling: School House
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Helen Rawlings
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Wife of businessman turned painter and illustrator
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of XII Book Club
Additional comments: born 1858 ?


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: The Tempest
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 29254  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Howard Smith
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 185–185

Citation: Howard Smith, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31) private collection, p. 185–185,, accessed: 17 April 2024

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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