The acting craft is a different kind of exhibition of talent. The best study of the merry band of Newlyn actors, musicians and self-promoted playwrights is by Pamela Lomax, and appears as Chapter 14 in the Treasures of the Morrab Library, brought together by the researchers of the Penwith Local History Group (Penzance: Morrab Library; copies are available direct from the Library).
Cross shows a photograph under the title: ‘Theatricals. The Newlyn Players’, and also recounts some unfriendly local news coverage in the Cornishman (1887). Many of the artists took part as actors and orchestral players.
The WCAA has the benefit of two scrapbooks and a photographic record of the players and many of their costumes.
Percy Craft Scrapbooks (NSA, WCAA)
Cross (2003) The Shining Sands (illus)
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
(2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p130)
Langley (1997) Walter Langley
Lomax Treasures (Chapter 14, illus)