Alexander and Annie Fay (not Anna Eva Fay), who were performing in the late 1800s, might be all but forgotten today had it not been for their involvement in the Sunderland Victoria Hall Disaster of 1883. Dean explains the events leading up to this tragedy. However, the talk is about much more than this. Through original research, Dean traces the lives of the Fays and on the way we learn much about the performances of the day and the characters whose paths they cross.
John Salisse’s archive was the result of over 40 years of collecting and research. His interests were the Maskelyne family and their theatres. In this talk Anne dips into the archive, which is now part of The Davenport Collection. Anne focuses on the early days of the Egyptian Hall, where JN Maskelyne’s entertainments first made him a household name in Victorian Britain.
Anne Goulden has used private letters from Charles Glenrose to Claude Chandler to paint a picture of the 1922 season in Aberystwyth. The letters provide an insight that would never be obtained from contemporary printed material. Despite Glenrose’s hope and optimism, it was a tough season.
3 to 5 June 2010 at the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, London. As it says on the poster: ‘See the only magician to appear in the “Harry Potter” movies’.
Copyright 2010 Kohfuh Satoh. Two of these cards can be folded to make a Fold-up Lotus. John Davenport was given this card by Kohfuh Satoh at the International Puzzle Party 31 in Berlin in 2011. John kept the card intact and copied off it two cards, which he folded into the lotus pictured here.
This is a novelty clock that looks as though it is melting off a shelf. Manufactured by Can You Imagine, Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA. Complete with box and instructions, copyright 2010 Can You Imagine. U.S. Patent Number D621,725.
This well produced book tells the stories of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Aladdin’ illustrated with many moveable pictures. Each picture is visible through an aperture in the adjacent page and, when this page is opened, the pictures transform. Copyright 2010 Quarto Children’s Books. www.barronseduc.com.
Purchased by John Davenport in London in 2010, it is an original photographic image by Hugh Sun.
This amazing battery operated automaton is one of four butterfly species which were available in the Butterfly Collection (TM). When the top of the jar is tapped the butterfly flutters around the jar in a very lifelike manner. Made in China for ROOT7, www.root7.com. Copyright 2010 ROOT7. The automaton was on sale in the UK through Grand Illusions.
First published in the United Kingdom in 2010 by order of the Tate Trustees by Tate Publishing, London. Copyright 2010 Albin Michel Jeunesse.