Geoff and Eileen Beck.
Picture,courtesy of Paul Beck
Thanks to Ken Bean & Joan Lowe for this contribution
The Halifax YMCA Pantomime Society formed in 1950 with their first pantomime performance in 1951 performing 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. The YMCA originally supported two sections, The Amateur operatic Society and the Pantomime Society although over the years the line between the two has become less visible. The two groups joining in 1974 to perform "Jack and the Beanstalk". The Key figure in the pantomime society was Geoff Beck who wrote and produced many of the shows until his death in 1979. A memorial show was held in 1980 and pantomimes resumed with "Dick Whittington" in 1981, and have continued every since. Over the last 30 years several groups have formed within the pantomime society, The Statesiders, Reflections and Optical illusion all who have done much charity work in the district.