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Miriam Margolyes writing in The TES

Miriam Margolyes writing in The TES

Miss Gummer taught me English at Oxford High School for Girls in the 1950s when it was a grammar. She was a fascinating person: she had studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and had also been a nun.  I don’t know why and when she left the convent - or why and when she left the stage - but the theatre was a passionate part of her existence and something we shared.  She would arrange class trips for us to see plays in London.  Miss Gummer looked fabulous. She had a leonine head of grey hair swept back from her face, blazing grey eyes and a rather waxen complexion that made her look like a saint.  I was extremely naughty at school but never in her class - I didn’t want to miss anything. Miss Gummer had a gift of making literature as thrilling to her students as it was to her.  As head of English, it was her job to direct the school play.

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