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Born in 1895, Joan was the sister of fellow Communist, Angela Tuckett (see separate entry).
Their aunt, Enid Stacy (1868-1903), had been active in progressive politics at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A trades unionist, politician and educationalist, she was was the eldest of four children of Henry Stacy, painter, and his wife Rose Deeley. Enid married Percy Widdrington, clergyman, and they had one son but, more notably, she was awarded a BA degree by
Joan was a solicitor who managed to fit into her life political activism, Marxist study, internationalism, feminism, as well as being a qualified pilot and international hockey player.
But, perhaps more importantly, she was also an enthusiastic playwright and amateur theatrical producer. Together with Angela, she wrote the following plays: `The Bulls see Red’, `Passing unnoticed’, `Smash and Grab’, `Aiden & Abetten’, `Charity begins’.
Joan was the producer of the Bristol Unity Players' Club, which was developed from workers' amateur dramatics clubs which were active in the Bristol area in the early 1930s and brought together by Joan Tuckett around 1936.
There was a Management Committee to deal with the club's finances, publicity and general administration and a Production Committee, responsible for considering new plays, casting and performances. The club co-operated throughout its existence with various other left wing organisations, including the Left Book Club's Theatre Guild and the London Unity Theatre.
During the Second World War the club managed to continue putting on performances despite disruption due to air raids and casualties among the players. It was only after the war that the failing health of Joan Tuckett combined with a sharp decrease in membership led to the demise of the club in November 1946.
The papers of
It is probable that she is the Joan Tuckett who is the subject of a piece in
Joan Tuckett died on 31st August 1957
Sources include A. Tuckett, `The people's theatre in