Reference NumberP/ROR
Creator_NameRogers, Leon Mr
Half Moon Theatre Company Limited
TitlePapers of Mr Leon Rogers [MBE JP]
Date(s)c. 1975-2014
DescriptionRecords primarily relating to Mr. Leon Rogers' involvement with the Half Moon Theatre, Stepney (Alie Street and Mile End Road), during the 1970s-1980s. Mr. Rogers was initially involved as an intern at the Half Moon Theatre and then later became Chair of the Board of Governors. The Half Moon was at the forefront of political theatre in London, and many current day performers started their careers at Alie Street.

The collection also includes some personal accounts written by Mr. Rogers and relating to the Bernhard Baron Settlement and the Brady Clubs.

Please note that Mr. Rogers often abbreviates his first name to 'Lee'. This is evident throughout his papers, in which he is often addressed/referred to as Lee Rogers rather than Leon Rogers.

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Extent2 boxes + 3 large folders
AdminHistoryMr. Leon Rogers (MBE JP MA), known by many as 'Lee Rogers', was born in Mile End in 1940 and lived in Tower Hamlets until 1963. During that time he lived in Beaumont Square, Durward Street and Cheshire Street before being re-housed in Stepney Green. During this period he was involved with the Brady Clubs; as a member from 1954-1958; and as a manager, 1960-1963.

Mr. Rogers left London in 1964 for Leicester where he attended Youth Leadership College and undertook a Club Leadership role, he subequently returned to East London in 1965 to live and work in Hackney. From 1968-1976 Mr Rogers worked as warden of the Bernhard Baron Settlement in Whitechapel and was a member of the Tower Hamlets Youth Committee in the early 1970s. In 1978 he undertook a Diploma in Higher Education which included a placement at the Half Moon Theatre, Alie Street. The Half Moon Theatre Limited had been incorporated on 26 March 1974 (company number 1164422). Mr. Rogers' internship at the Half Moon led to his later Chairship of the Board of the Half Moon Theatre during its transfer to Mile End Road. In May 1984 he retired as Chair of the Half Moon Theatre's Management Council. He retained links with the theatre through the Half Moon Young People's Theatre Advisory Sub-Committee.

In the 1980s Mr. Rogers obtained a range of qualifications including a BA in Theatre Management (University of East London) and an MA Arts in Education (City University) and also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Greenwich (from 1981-1991). In 1991 he was awarded an MBE for services to HM Prison Service as a Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board and National Trainer.

Oral history interview with Mr. Rogers (ref: O/IND/2)

Pamphlets and press cuttings relating to the Half Moon Theatre (ref: 795.1) within Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives' Library collections.

Archive records of the Half Moon Theatre Company are held by Royal Holloway Archives, University of London (collection ref: HMT/), dating from 1972-1990. Royal Holloway Archives' online catalogue description of this collection is as follows:

'The collection consists of member lists and registers; correspondence, notes and publications relating to the building of the new theatre; financial papers relating to loans; financial papers concerning various productions; legal papers relating to the lease of land; applications to the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Greater London Council for funding, including annual reports and accounts; papers and publicity material relating to productions; scripts; programmes and posters for plays; material concerned with the Women's festival of June 1986; publications about fringe theatres and the East End of London; photographs of productions and cast; press cuttings'.
ArchNoteCatalogued by Natasha Luck, 2013-2015.
Access StatusOpen
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