My sister, Sandy, informs me that I made my debut as a fairy with hob-nailed boots on the stage at May Scott's. I was 5 years old at the time (born 1953. She was, of course, directing the play, just as she used to lead the school recorder orchestra at Shoreditch Town Hall.
My abiding memory is performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company! I can't remember the play but the experience must have stayed with me because I've spend the rest of my life being involved in drama, although on an amateur basis.
May Scott's was the only place for teenagers to go at that time (around 1966-1968). There was a sort of youth club on a Friday night. I remember dancing to "I heard it on the grapevine", many times.
Also there were pottery and print-screening clubs after school.
May Scott was an incredibly patient and kind person although her patience was sorely tempted at times by the geezers of the area! She allowed a boy to practise drums in one of the rooms - a modern concept for those days, although you really knew that she didn't like the din.
Also in the summer young people from all over Europe used to stay there for the holidays. As I had never met anyone from outside the area, I was intrigued by their accents and this encouraged me to learn to speak different languages.
I would like to say a hearty thanks to May Scott although she must be long gone. May Scott's as the locals used to call Hoxton Hall, was a formative part of my history. I feel proud of my heritage and blessed to have had such a good and guiding start in life.
Ros Bacon (nee Rosalind Ford)
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