Bexley Digibeta No. 1: Clock Tower, Bexleyheath (LSA/0049); The Visit of the Metropolitan Police Minstrels to the Princesses' (LSA/0021); Theatre (annexe), Crayford, Kent (The Munitioners' Theatre)(LSA/0036); Chapel of Ease, Bexleyheath (LSA/0047)
Digital Betacam video cassette (DigiBeta) Black & White Silent 1912-1930s 35:00
Summary: Transfer of digitised films
Title number: 3154
Description: Film 2: A local new item on the visit of Metropolitan Police Minstrels to Crayford. This film begins with the arrival of the Metropolitan Police Minstrels waving from the top of an open top double decker omnibus as they arrive into Crayford. They stop outside the Princesses' theatre and descend via the buses rear stairs and enter the theatre building through the tearoom doors. Members of the audience are recorded queuing and entering via an entrance to the side of the building giving access to a large marquee tent, an annexe known as the Munitioners' Theatre. Outside the front of the theatre the performers are filmed in a line, with their faces blacked up for minstrelsy and wearing dinner suits with tails. A staged incident shows latecomers without tickets attempting to get access to the marquee and being fought back by attendants until the attempt is revealed as a practical joke and the latecomers to be minstrels. One of the minstrels provides a special turn for the camera dressed in western garb, with a cowboy hat and fleece chaps. The principals of one of the minstrels' acts called 'A Little Sea Affair' perform a vignette with two men, one dressed as a sea captain the other as an elegant woman, engaging in conversation before others dressed as sailors approach and make greeting. The film concludes with minstrels in various costumes walking from the marquee to the front of the theatre past onlookers.