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and memories of him, Joan and the Fun Palace


Joan Littlewood had three great loves in her life: the Theatre Workshop, Gerry Raffles and Cedric Price, whom she referred to as 'the Arc'.

Perhaps my favourite memory of Cedric is of a sunny Saturday in the 1960s and an early morning meeting in his office of our small group, which he called the AA Guerrillas. We argued, and successfully in the end, against the ill-conceived AA/Imperial College merger.

After the meeting finished, we all went with Cedric down to Trafalgar Square to stand with thousands of people looking skywards as the Anglo-French Concorde made its maiden flight over London. As it passed over the National Gallery, leaving plumes of trailing smoke, we made our way to The Ship & Shovel. 'Let's have a breakfast of the best bacon rolls in London, ' Cedric said. And then we went on to another pub, and then another, and another.

Joan and Cedric were two brilliant minds, now lost to us, and we should all wonder what might have happened if their wonderful 'Fun Palace' had been built.

Sam Webb, Canterbury

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