Person - Silvia Meech

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Silvia joined NT in 1951 as a pig-tailed schoolgirl. She acted in An Inspector General 1952, and the next year was in the chorus of the first Reedy River, before taking on the lead role of Mary opposite Milton Moore as Joe Collins. She went on to sing at NT functions and folk concerts, performed with Contact street theatre and at Lawson festivals, and at peace and Save Our Sons rallies. Her later passion was the Trade Union Choir, its choirmaster Tom Bridges, son of Doreen Jacobs.

Silvia's first visit to NT was in 1947 to see Woman Bites Dog. She was taken by an uncle who had been in the audience of a 1932 Workers Art Club performance. Silvia's interest in NT was encouraged by Graeme Stewart. Her favourite shows were The Star Turns Red, Pot of Message and Press the Point. She took her autograph book with her to a function where Stinko was performed and had it signed by Peter Francis, Eileen Ryan, Mark Roberts and NT’s regular crew member and truck driver Tom Salisbury. Silvia married Tom Salisbury in 1955. Her sister Barbara Robin Meech married Douglas Trengrove in 1959.

See also Tom Salisbury.

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