• Short Summary

    Dyke Richens and his partner design and make lifelike masks and animal costumes for the theatre.

  • Description

    London

    At the Theatre Zoo, St Martin's Lane, Dyke Richens and Eric Gledhill demonstrate their mask making skills.

    M/S Harold Smith puts on a crocodile mask. C/U crocodile mask and then a devil mask making faces. An 'Oliver Hardy' mask blows his nose, using a large white handkerchief. M/S Dyke, in his workshop, pouring white latex solution into bowl .

    C/U Three large colourful grotesque style masks of a clown, a devil and 'Donald Duck'. M/S Dyke lifts an ape man mask from the mould and looks at it, C/U painting the mask, hand dipping brush into paint . C/U two grinning masks of a clown and a dwarf. M/S Dyke fixes long hair to ape man mask,then puts mask on and leans menacingly toward camera. M/S Eric Gledhill, Dyke's partner, fits cat's mask onto model, Sally Matthews, she shakes her head. Douglas Gledhill, in clown's mask, makes faces .Gledhill fixes comical monkey mask onto model. C/U 'nanny' mask, which the model removes and puts on a big baby mask and pretends to suck her thumb.

    C/U shot of monkey mask worn by model who is given a cigarette, then offered a light and the 'monkey' is seen 'smoking'. C/U shot of two comical masks, pushed aside to reveal another mask of 'Philip Harben' . Man wearing a dog outfit .C/U monkey smoking. M/S young man, Gordon Rowlands, is helped to put on bull dog mask.

    These theatrical costumes are used in theatre productions, and carnivals.

    Note: The file contains a small folder from the Theatre Zoo - with a price list .

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    53.01
    Media URN:
    1220
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:10:00 / 01:02:17:00
    Canister:
    CP 085

Comments (1)

  1. WalterFriendly says

    Since seeing this newsreel and another featuring Mr. Richens, I've been in a mild state of shock. I'm convinced I must be related to this man. As an adopted person, the search for relations is always a curiosity passively at work in the back of my mind, but never has it stricken me so fully or insistently as in response to seeing Mr. Richens today. I've done a quick Google and found that Theatre Zoo seems to have been responsible for masks worn by The Beatles in Magical Mystery Tour, commissioned in 1967, the year before the 2nd newsreel (Film ID:457.03). This is less relevant to my search but may be of value to viewers. It also seems that Mr. Richens left Theatre Zoo some time before that commission, leaving it to be run by the family of his partner, Mr. Eric Gledhill. This according to an anonymous commenter on a Beatles archival blog who claimed to be Mr. Gledhill's grandson. The trail of Mr. Richens goes cold after that. Any more info on Mr. Richens would be greatly appreciated.

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