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Dames, Principal Boys... and All That free pdf A History of Pantomime (and its Highlights in Australia) with an introduction by Barry Humphries.Lady Viola Tait's history of pantomime is a fascinating account of the major productions seen in Australia. Not only does she trace the origins of the well-known pantomimes: 'Cinderella', 'Puss-in-Boots', 'Dick Whittington and his Cat', 'Sinbad the Sailor', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Mother Hubbard' and so on, but she uncovers little known productions such as 'Omai' which dramatises Captain Cook's third voyage to the South Seas.The book is replete with photographs of the major stars: from Joey Grimaldi, Madame Celeste, Dan Leno and Dorothy Ward in England to Ada Reeve, Dolly Castles, Roy Rene and Graeme Kennedy in Australia. The passing parade of pantomime superstars-the men cast as grand Dames and the women as Principal Boys-serves to evoke poignant memories of childhood and the excitement and delight of the 'Christmas Panto'.A significant history, an intriguing and beautifully illustrated story, this book provides something of a substitute for an annual entertainment that has almost passed by.

About Barry Humphries

Lady Viola Tait saw her first pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow in 1921. Starring the legendary Dorothy Ward as Principal Boy and Shaun Glenville as the Dame, this show ignited Viola Tait's desire to one day appear in pantomime. Later, her theatrical career was to include roles with the Royal Carl Rosa Opera and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with which she toured England and America. In 1940 she joined the J.C. Williamson-Tait Company and subsequently developed her fervent interest in pantomime as a theatrical form.

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Author : Barry Humphries
Publisher : Titles Distributed by Macmillan Australia
Data Published : 01 June 2001
ISBN : 187683224X
EAN : 9781876832247
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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