Here I am with day 18 of the blog challenge. Today I have to tell you all about my favourite book from my childhood. It’s a very easy choice for me. The book is called “The Swish of the Curtain” and it is written by a lady called Pamela Brown.
The Swish of the Curtain is a children’s novel by Pamela Brown (1924–1989). It was begun in 1938 when the author was 14 but was not published until 1941. The novel has been reprinted many times and has been adapted for television and radio. It was followed by four sequels.
It tells the story of seven young people in three different families who form an amateur theatrical group, the Blue Door Theatre Company. The children write, produce, direct and act in their own plays, each of them harnessing a particular talent. Nigel designs scenery, for example; Jeremy composes music; while Sandra makes costumes. During the course of the book, each of the young people realises a particular ambition. It is “Bulldog”, who shines in comic roles, who realises his ambition to create the elusive “swish of the curtain”. At the book’s climax, the “Blue Doors” enter a drama contest which they have to win in order to be allowed to attend dramatic school to realise their dream of a career in the professional theatre.
It’s a truly wonderful story about never giving up on your dreams and following your heart. I read it countless times as a teenager and still read it today.