A tiny bit of footage from entertainment of the late 50s and 60s- a more innocent age? My mother and I were trying to re- create some of our cabaret act all of 20 years ago!
A violinist played and an ostrich laid an egg, we had Can Can Girls, a Snake Charmer etc. Other parts of the performances may yet turn up. ‘Oh No!’ ‘Oh Yes!’
My mother and I seldom appeared together, she had one set of marionettes and I had another. At other times we would be what was called a three handed act
with my father. We were on ‘New
Faces’, performed at places such as the Cafe Royal and once with Cliff Richard on TV. We adapted to the needs of TV, working on to the ‘Telegoon’s and finally performed for ‘Oh What a Lovely War’.
My solo act toured in Variety and did a few summer seasons. I was green when I started at in show business at 16 and little did I know the world of Variety was already coming to an end! Cabaret and clubs were the only option left to a great many entertainers including singers, dancers, jugglers, fire eaters, magicians etc.
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