Grace, Beauty and Banjos: Peculiar Lives and Strange Times of Music Hall and Variety Artistes (Oberon Book)

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Peculiar Lives and Strange Times of Music Hall and Variety Artistes. What was the vulgar dressing-room practice of Jack Haig, Nutty but Nice, that so dismayed his fellow artists? How did the mysterious Werth, Banana Skin and Stone Manipulator, display his art? What anatomical peculiarity was enjoyed, although never displayed, by Stanelli and his Hornchestra? Find out the answers to these and other fascinating conundrums in this saucy backstage look at music hall, variety and vaudeville, illustrated with the posters and photographs of the time.

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Grace, Beauty and Banjos takes us down a bizarre byway of Music Hall retrospection. The biographical sketches describe the likes of The Only Clock-Eyed Lady in the World, or Mr & Mrs Nemo''s Impalement Act.'

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Born in 1937 Brighton, Sussex; educated Xaverian College, Preston Park, Brighton. 1953-6 worked as junior clerk for Barclays Bank. Escaped to Argyle Theatre Birkenhead for first job as an actor. Then followed years of repertory (York, Windsor, Bristol, Old Vic etc etc) and television. In 1964 began appearing in Music Hall, also joined the BBC Drama Repertory Company, performing in many radio broadcasts. 1968 married the radio producer Sarah Greatorex; they have one child, the actress, Rebecca Kilgarriff. Recent television appearances: John Brown to Miriam Margolyes' Queen Victoria in Channel 4's Without Walls, and the social reformer Charles Booth in Tales from the Map-Room (BBC 2).

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