Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 30 May 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Marie Lloyd at the
Alhambra, Brighton, Sussex,
week beginning Monday, 13 April 1908

Marie Lloyd

Marie Lloyd (1870-1922), 'The Queen of Comediennes'

(photo: Ellis & Walery, London, circa 1908)

'Miss Marie Lloyd, rightly styled ''The Queen of Comediennes,'' is filling this cosy little place of amusement each evening. She has just returned from a successful American tour, and if her reception there was as cordial as that given her when we looked in at the Alhambra the other evening, well, she has no cause to complain. The audience would not let her go until she had given six sons, and they were all rendered in her own inimitable way. The one that perhaps caused most interest was ''Do they do those things in London?'' and others included in her performance were ''Hello! Hello!'' ''Tiddley um Pom Pom,'' ''Don't Grumble at a Woman'' and ''There was Something in His Mind.'' As usual the gowns worn by this charming comedienne were a delight to gaze upon, the most striking being the one worn in the Spanish dance-song.'
(Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Saturday, 18 April 1908, p. 441a)

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Wee Mona Vivian at the
Alhambra, Brighton, Sussex,
week beginning Monday, 8 June 1908

Mona Vivian

Mona Vivian (1894-1971),
English actress and singer and star of pantomime

when this photograph was taken she was billed as Wee Mona,
'The Toy Comedienne and Dancer'

(photo: Romney, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, circa 1904)

'A programme of rattling good order is provided at this popular hall this week. Perhaps the palm for popularity with the public is to be awarded to Wee Mona Vivian, with Alexandre and Hughes and Harry Blake a good bracketed second. The diminutive little lady who calls herself Wee Mona Vivian is a really clever artiste. She can sing and she can dance; and both are accomplished without any straining for effect, and in an easy and felicitous way. Her Dutch song recalls May Maud Duprez [i.e. May Moore Duprez] very vividly, but there is an undoubted originality about its treatment which gives it a savour all its own. Her mimicry is good, too; especially in the case of her imitations of Camille Clifford singing ''The Gibson Girl'' [probably ''Why Do They Call Me a Gibson Girl?'']. (Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Saturday, 13 June 1908, p. 665a)

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Margaret Cooper accompanies
herself at the piano,
Hippodrome, Brighton, Sussex,
week beginning Monday, 13 June 1910

Margaret Cooper at Eastbourne, 1908

Margaret Cooper, centre (1877-1922),
English entertainer at the piano

(photo: snapshot taken at Eastbourne, Sussex, 1908)

'There has been no entertainer of our time to whom fame has come to easily as to Miss Margaret Cooper, who is a musician first and an entertainer afterwards. It is because of this latter that her talents have outlived the novelty of her pleasing little songs and mannerisms, for the way she accompanies herself at the piano is a piece of sheer art, while a striking personality and a marvellous memory are auxiliaries that have helped to build up an unprecedented success. Margaret Cooper is a great favourite at Brighton, and even the first house at the Hippodrome on Monday evening was large in proportion. Dresses very simply in a mourning garb of satin-de-sole, with a salome tunic and cut jet, heavily fringed at the base, and wearing jet ornaments with her golden hair dressed in the latest turban fashion, Miss Margaret Cooper was just as charming as ever on this occasion, and just as generous for she sang five songs in her inimitable fashion, and was even then implored to give more. ''Mr. Nightingale'' and ''Mr. Bunny'' furnished her with subject matter for her first two ditties, and after these came a new coon song, ''Hide and seek,'' and a third in which some clever imitations were introduced. It is doubtful, however, whether anything that Miss Cooper does nowadays equals, for sheer charm, her earlier songs such as ''Sweep,'' ''Visitors,'' ''Come along with me,'' and other dainty delights, in which she was positively unique, but possibly some of these will be forthcoming during the week; in fact it would be a delicious idea if the magnetic Margaret could be induced to appear at the second house on Saturday in some of her first successes - of course not forgetting ''Waltz me round once again Willie.'''
(Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Thursday, 16 June 1910, p. 3226a)

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