The Family Adams Project

1880-1930: Fifty Years of Unique History of a Fenland Community

The Gypsy Play at Café Marguerite by Jean Rees-Lyons

It all started with my playwright’s intuition about a Methodist Sunday School teacher

who used to sit on a stool in the office of J H Adams Ironmongers, 17 Main Street, Littleport.  People remember her still: Doris Elizabeth Adams, 1903-1987. 

Judging from her Leeds University note books on Botany, and I have read most of them, she was gifted.  But hers was village life; for her bible class children she wrote a play, teaching gypsy dance with tambourine and whistle.   

In Creative Adaptation workshops at Littleport Community Primary School and Kings School, Ely, we will improvise archive and recollection sources to produce a new Gypsy Play ready for public performance in April 2012.  Set in 1930, Littleport Village Hall will be transformed into Café Marguerite, once on Granby Street and known locally as ‘Lincoln’s’, the then hub of social celebrations. 

In dramatic re-interpretation The Family Adams remains in our collective memory forever.


  Playwright Jean Rees-Lyons 

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