war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper




Sydney Sharp was a keen singer. He kept clippings for some of the performances in which he had appeared.

"The Vagabond King"

Sydney Smith as François Villon
with Freda Pask as Katherine de Vauelles



above reads: "Founded on Justin Buntly McCarthy's romance "If I Were a King", its four acts take the audience through the legendary exploits of François Villon - poet, brawler, and patriot, a part played with consummate skill and sincerity by Sydney Sharp, whose solo singing and duets with Miss Freda Pask (Katherine de Vaucelles) were rendered with astonishing ease and sure effect. Miss Pask has a wonderfully well-trained voice which she uses with conviction and her scene with Vallon at the gibbet was one of the greatest in the play."



left Sydney as François Villon and William Greenland as Thibault



left reads: "Sydney Sharp as François Villon repeats the magnificent performance he gave of Pierre Birabeau in "The Desert Song". He combines poet, brawler, and patriot with astonishing ease and his songs are rendered with sure dramatic effect."


The Finale of Act 2 of "The Vagabond King", performed by the Dover Operatic Society at the Hippodrome


above reads: "The Desert Song" has definitely established the reputation of Mr Sydney Sharp, Miss Freda Pask, and Miss Peggy Saunders."


right reads: "As Pierre Birabeau (the Red Shadow) Mr Sydney Sharp proved his excellent and the applause which greeted him was well deserved, for his was the outstanding performance of the evening."




"The Final Curtain"

 "A Desert Requiem":
 Private Sydney Sharp is buried in El Alia Cemetery, Algeria


with thanks to Mike Sharp

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