Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Hip, Hip and a Ho, Ho and gather your Top Hat at The Leeds City Varieties Theatre!

Hinge & Bracket On The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days, could also be a subtitle for this yearning-for-nostalgia blog. Makes us feel old, but we are rewarded as you see some programmes you haven't seen in a long time, and it triggers off a strong positive memory, you may have from back then and when!

"The Good Old Days" was a traditional variety show, with a cutesy Victorian theme. It ran for a very long time. The show, produced by the BBC, ran from 1953-1983. The audience would be dressed in Victorian clothing, and the sketches and songs would be based on the same time period. The show ended about the time traditional Variety began to die out, as alternative comedy came into the mainstream, and talent shows like "New Faces" and "Opportunity Knocks" finished some years ago.

"Hinge & Brackett" were 2 classical female impressionists that usually jousted with musical comedy as seen in this clip, played by Englishman Patrick Fyffe and Glaswegian George Logan, with the stage names Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. They did make convincing women actually, as well as their voices. In this age of innocence, some thought they were real women. Genteel humourous songs were their forte. Each episode of the show composed of a varied cast, along with host Leonard Sachs, who you see at the beginning of this clip.

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