While I love the sentiment of the piece and applaud the writer for shining much-deserved light on Nashville theatre, I was disappointed to see that theatre companies like mine (the Destiny Theatre Experience), Mary McCallum's SistaStyle Productions and Michael L. Walker's Dream 7 Theatre Productions were excluded. DTE was founded in 2007, producing 3-4 shows a year at the Darkhorse Theater alone (and even more if I include other local venues). The same can be said for SistaStyle and Dream 7, both of which have been around since the early 2000's. All three of our companies have banded together to produce the Shades of Black Theatre Festival every year since 2006. The amount of original work that has come from Michael, Mary and I in the past few years is something that should also be noted. Off the top of my head, I'm estimating about a combined total of 30 original plays from the three of us (I'm lowballing to be on the safe side). I have personally contributed 11 original full-length plays that have been produced on a Nashville stage. In 2014, my theatre company produced seven of those plays for an event called "7 Plays In 7 Days," in which we perfomed a different play each night for seven days straight to celebrate the company's 7th anniversary. What we bring to the Nashville theatre landscape are voices from African American artists that don't get as many opportunities as their white counterparts. We have provided spaces for new and experienced black actors and artists (as well as many actors who are not black) to explore, learn, grow and share their gifts on a consistent basis. We've provided ongoing opportunities for Nashville's African American residents to see themselves and their experiences reflected onstage. Many black actors that work with some of the theatre companies mentioned in the article got their start (and continue to work with) one or more of our companies. It's also important to point out the work of veteran theatre artists like Barry Scott and his American Negro Playwright Theatre, Kenny Dozier's Kennie's Playhouse Theatre and Jeff Carr's Amun Ra Theatre before it closed it's doors a few years ago. And there are others! I don't think you can talk about Nashville theatre as a whole, as a community, as a family, without a mentioning us as well. Once again, this isn't anything against this well-intentioned writer. It's a great piece. I don't want to ruin all the warm and fuzzies you felt when reading it but this type of thing has happened in other ways (beyond articles) and I would be doing a disservice to the entire Nashville arts community if I were to remain silent. I am very proud to be a part of this loving, uber-talented community and appreciate those individuals who acknowledge my place at the table. Your support has not gone unnoticed.
Shetland Times 26 March 1965
Last week we briefly recorded the death of Capt. George Arthur, a retired Shetland master mariner in South Shields. Since then we have received further information about this grand old man of 83 who had a long and seafaring honourable career, like so many of his generation.
He was born at Hay Green, Laxfirth, Nesting, on 20th June, 1881, the son of Mr and Mrs Edward Arthur. The family had moved to Laxfirth that day from Whalsay and he missed being born in a boat by one hour!
He spent a happy childhood and youth in Laxfirth and received an excellent education at the village school. He commenced work at the age of 12 years as cook on the family fishing boat for no pay, but he was allowed to sell the fish he caught with his scoop net. He saved with great earnest and when he had sufficient money, he travelled to South Shields and joined a sailing ship loaded with horses for the “Cape” to be used in the Boer War.
He served with a number of ships before the mast, and in 1904, he left the steamer Glenby, on which he was bosun and went ashore to qualify as a second mate.
He then joined the s.s. Opal of Dundee gem Line until he passed his first mate’s certificate, after which he joined the s.s. Port Hunter and remained with her until he left in order to take and pass his master’s certificate in 1908.
He then joined the firm of Messrs Steel Young & Co., and as first officer aboard the s.s. Oakdale, in 1910, rescued in a full gale in mid-Atlantic, the entire crew of a Danish sailing ship which was on fire. For his gallantry and brilliant work in an open boat in the rescue, he was presented with a silver cup by the King of Denmark.
He was then given command of the s.s. Glanton in 1911 and was captain of her when war was declared. The Glanton was sunk by the German cruiser Gneisenau in 1914 and he was taken prisoner on board. He escaped in Para in North Brazil and made his way back to England . Here, he rejoined his firm and commanded several of their ships, including the Q ship War Castle. He fought a successful submarined action with the s.s. War Grange and received an award for gallantry and meritorious conduct from the controller of shipping, Sir Joseph MacLay. In 1918, when in commaned of the Q ship War Castle, he called at Lerwick and was able to see his parents, before proceeding to take part in the fighting which had broken out in Russia. *Read: best drill press
The end of hostilities saw the end of the firm Messrs Steel Young & Co., and he took command of the s.s. Buckleigh. In 1927 he was in command of the s.s. Ullesmre and remained with that ship until 1913. The he rejoined the firm of C.A. Lensen & Co., of London, for whom he commanded the s.s. Terneuzen, the s.s. Elizabeth Lensen and latterly, the m.v. Ary Lensen. On the declaration of war in 19139, he was still in command of the m.v. Ary Lensen and served in command of her throughout the entire war, often being commodore of ocean convoys.
In 1941, his eldest son, George Leslie Blair Arthur, was killed whilst serving as Sergeant-Observer in the R.A.F. Despite this tremendous blow, he remained at sea throughout the war and participated in the landings at Normandy on D-Day.
In November, 1946, he went ashore to his home at 19 Blagdon Avenue, South Shields, to a well-earned retirement.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Martha, by seven years, and leaves two sons, E.M. Arthur, an insurance official, and A.B. Arthur, master mariner, retired; two daughters, Mrs M.E. young, wife of J.F. Young, M.P.S., and Mrs Piper, wife of B.H. Piper, joint general manager, Lloyd’s Bank; Mrs Dorothy Arthur, widow of G.L.B. Arthur; thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.