Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

Marie Lloyd – The Sketch – Wednesday 26th December 1894



Miss Marie Lloyd, whose chief artistic successes have hitherto been achieved in impersonations of roguishly demure girls, breaks new ground this Christmas, appearing, for the first time in her career, as principal boy in Mr. Brammall’s pantomime at the Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool. Her initial effort in this direction will doubtless be watched with a great deal of interest by her numerous admirers. Born at Hackney, Miss Lloyd narrowly escaped becoming a school-teacher, and her remarkably faithful imitatory reproduction, in her successful song “Whacky-Whack,” of the methods of corporal punishment dealt out to refractory pupils would certainly indicate that she must have bestowed some attention at least on the application of this branch of teaching the young idea how to shout – shoot, we should say. Miss Lloyd always had a fancy for the stage, having taken prizes for elocution in her childhood. She made her actual debut at the old Grecian Theatre, but prefers to date the commencement of her career from the Falstaff Music Hall, in Old Street. She speedily forged her way to the front, and was soon singing at four halls a night. One of her earliest successes was “Oh, Jeremiah, don’t you go to sea.” It was written by an old gentleman who was blind and who composed comic songs, which he dictated to his daughter. But Miss Lloyd’s first big vocal success was undoubtedly “Then you wink the other eye,” the history of which, by the way, illustrates her contention and the experience of most artistes that “very often,” as she says, “you hit on a good song by the merest accident. There was,” she adds, “a little convivial gathering in progress, and George Le Brunn, the composer, sat at the piano playing anything and everything. I said to him, in the way of a joke, about something that was going on, ‘Oh, wink the other eye, George,’ and he repeated the words, playing a sort of accompaniment. Well, it just occurred to us what a good song that would make. And so it did.” Miss Lloyd has fulfilled three engagements in pantomime at Drury Lane under Sir Augustus Harris, and she has recently returned from a professional visit to America.


The Sketch, 26th December 1894

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