The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Sally & Judy's Party - 27th May 1988
Sally Morris' & Judy Bates, (now Gough) Party
12 noon The Guo Brothers - on the steps of the dome.
Above the Guo Brothers playing on the dome steps and people watching them
3pm The dansant - an afternoon of ballroom dancing hosted by Roland Miller and Shirley Cameron with top ballroom dancers The Taylors.
This was in the tradition of afternoon tea dances. It was hosted by the performance artists Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller.
The dancing took place in the basement - the room was decorated with palms and the tables went round the room leaving the centre for dancing
Above the room being prepared for the Tea Dance and left the room at the start of the event. Below Roland in his costume decorated with tea cups and Shirley in her afternoon get up.
Above Roland and Shirley with guests and taking to the dance floor and below the professionals show how it is done
Above the Taylors dancing below the rest of us take to the floor
In the middle of the dance there was the second Birthday cake
Above the 4 tier Cake, Judy and Sally leading the toast and cutting the cake. Below the cake being served and the dancing continues for the rest of the afternoon.
5pm Northumbrian Music with Chris and Cathy Ormston
The Ormstons specialise in Northumbrian music. Chris Ormston plays the Northumbrian Pipes and today is recognised as a master of his craft. During the 20th Birthday they seem to have performed both in the coffee area and in the Lecture Theatre. Sadly we have only a few photographs of them.
Above and left Chris and Cathy Ormston in concert and performing on the coffee bar stage.
8pm Concert with the Guo Brothers and the Drones
The Guo Brothers were very busy during the 20th Birthday Celebrations, they performed on the stage in the coffee bar area, on the dome steps (see above) and had two concerts, one during Sally and Judy's Party and one on Saturday 28th.
This was not their first visit to the Blackie. The Blackie 'discovered' them busking in Covent Garden in the early 80s and invited them to take part in a number of events of which this was one.
Above the Guo Brothers in Concert. As can be seen they play a wide range of Chinese instruments.
The photos below are of the contemporary folk group The Drones in concert.
The Drones play original acoustic music and songs with cello, mandolin, clarinet, percussion, car parts, toys, birdcalls, musical saw, items from the garden shed...and so on. They are still working and playing gigs to-day
Above The Drones in concert with their multiplicity of instruments.
12 Midnight A feast of Indian music and dance with Surya Kumari and musicians.
Surya Kumari had been a star in Bollywood - she was a very beautiful and talented lady - being an actress, singer, musician and dancer. By the time of the 20th Birthday she had been visiting the Blackie for a number of years - taking part in playschemes and events such as Garden Dances. For the 20th Birthday she arrived with a number of musicians - sadly we do not have their names - and sang and danced into the early morning. Left Surya relaxing in rehearsal
Above Surya dancing and below Surya playing and singing with her musicians followed by photos of the individual musicians.