SINCE childhood, I have been fascinated by Music Hall and Variety. My grandfather, Fred Elcock, who was a minor performer on the halls before the First World War, told me stories of working on bills topped by the likes of Little Tich, Wilkie Bard and Vesta Tilley. And though I was trained as a ceramic sculptor, I spent much of my working life as a journalist on British and Irish national newspapers, and it was during this period I interviewed and in some cases befriended the veterans you will meet on these pages. Putting this site together has made me feel that I am meeting them all over again, and I hope that you, too, will get to know them here . . . as performers, and as people. And now I work full-time as a porcelain artist, I still return time after time to Variety, as you can see from the piece above.
NOTE: While I still have most of the interviews I did on cassette or reel-to-reel tape, they are in pretty poor shape, certainly not broadcast quality. I will try and clean them up and incorporate soundclips onto the relevant pages soon.