The Entertainer

By mrswoolybill
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin... These are images from an evening's entertainment that was truly memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
We were in the Church Hall, vaguely expecting songs from the golden age of Hollywood. I'll just say that what we got (once the lady had arrived, 40 minutes late) was rather different.
I originally typed a much longer description, but on second thoughts I'll leave it to your imagination.
There was a promise of 'I'll be back after the interval without the dress'. I'm sorry I cannot report on that. As the saying goes, we made our excuses and left.
Footnote : This was not the worst evening's entertainment of my life. That was 45 years ago when we were invited to the grand opening of a pseudo German Bierkeller. We found ourselves trapped in a basement with a band playing Nazi songs, and an alarming number of people who knew the words...
This came a close second though.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Theatre Black and white Portraits and people Karaoke The first circle of hell

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Comments


kw 3 Germany
5 Mar 2018 8:55AM
I am fascinated by the incredible "stage declamation" .... and can well imagine what the evening was like. The voting for the photo, because you present the star of the evening very puristically. Greetings Klaus
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2018 9:01AM
So scary, even Billy Butlin would have turned down the billing!!!😁😁😁
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
5 Mar 2018 9:02AM
Your write up has made me laugh, Moira. Both situations are quite imaginable. The second instance would be worst for me too.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
5 Mar 2018 9:10AM
love the lead ...great expression
Great description! Gives me inspiration to take my T Rex karaoke act on the road.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 9:18AM
Thanks guys. The statistics for this one are fascinating... Wink
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 9:38AM
I can remember being in a social club in the early seventees and the entertainer was a male vocalist who was supposed to have a voice similar to Tom Jones.

Unfortunately, he didn't sound anything like him and was dreadful.

As the booing got progressively worse, I remember escaping to the bar downstairs.Smile

Ken.
danbrann 16 640 17
5 Mar 2018 9:39AM
If you give me her address Moira I will see about booking her for or church entertainment...
Danny
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 9:46AM
OK, a little more information... This was a karaoke act, based on the real dog-ends of 1950s pop. Plus a vague attempt at burlesque, and some ritual audience-baiting.
Someone had seen her do a set of WW2 songs, suitably attired, and had booked her on that basis. The booking was made by the University of the Third Age, for the Church Hall, so she understandably assumed that we were a working men's club and worked accordingly.
A friend who is a regular at his local club reports that such acts are regularly booked in order to boost alcohol sales - as soon as they come on, everyone heads for the bar. Danny, I'm sure I can obtain contact details for you.
5 Mar 2018 9:47AM
Well I'd rather watch this than go to a 'Tea Dance.'
I'm voting, but in an ironic way.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 9:49AM

Quote:Well I'd rather watch this than go to a 'Tea Dance.'
I'm voting, but in an ironic way.


It would be a a close call... Could I just elect to stay in and clean the oven?
Back a while ago a Town Councillor wanted the U3A to back the idea of tea dances over an alternative suggestion of a rock festival. We put it to the vote - 55 to 2 in favour of the rock festival.
I photographed the first half, but in an ironic way.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 9:55AM
Reminds me of lady booked to sing in our pub in Somerset. She lasted ten minutes.
saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
5 Mar 2018 10:05AM

Quote:Someone had seen her do a set of WW2 songs, suitably attired

Dressed as a blimp, one presumes, as she got shot down in flames at your 'do', it seems!

Booked by the U3A? Aren't you and Bill heavily involved in that? Including bookings?Tongue

Malc
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 10:07AM
We do NOT do the bookings, Malc!
saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
5 Mar 2018 10:26AM

Quote:We do NOT do the bookings, Malc!

😉
5 Mar 2018 10:38AM
for an entertainer, being crazy is not enough..
excellent set and story
Steven_Tyrer 14 69 Wales
5 Mar 2018 10:48AM
Love the expression on her face I think I would have left at the first joke, funny set of images and story Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
5 Mar 2018 11:11AM
Two great shots, Moira, especially the lead image, she looks really taken aback at being photographed! Smile What a pity we don't have her singing to accompany the images... WinkWink
Trev Smile
Joline Plus
15 35 59 United States
5 Mar 2018 12:27PM
I have to give her credit for her bravery. I think her best years have long gone.
5 Mar 2018 12:56PM
I thought from the thumbnail she was a drag astiste Smile
5 Mar 2018 1:32PM
Your opening image is a classic Moira. However, I do think you did yourself and us, out of some pretty interesting images Smile

JohnSmile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
5 Mar 2018 2:00PM
Was it supposed to be a comedy act but everyone left before it got funny? You captured her big eyes well Moira.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 2:16PM
Both variants are so appealing Moira... Excellent imagery
Isabel GrinGrin
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 2:26PM
I so want to know what you missed.BlushTongue
ivor
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
5 Mar 2018 2:35PM
Nicely framed by the kitchen curtains!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 3:10PM

Quote:I thought from the thumbnail she was a drag astiste

A number of people who have seen the pictures have asked... I remember thinking when she walked on, 'If I hadn't seen you arrive in civvies I would be wondering... '. A drag act could have been a whole lot classier, and funnier.

Quote:I think I would have left at the first joke

There weren't any. That was part of the problem.

Quote:I so want to know what you missed.

We received oblique, shell-shocked messages the next day. One lady is promising me a full description but says she daren't put it in writing.
Thanks folks. I would not wish to seem narrow-minded over this, it genuinely was dire.
SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 4:58PM
So glad she didn't take her clothes off at any point. Ahem.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
5 Mar 2018 5:34PM
What a shock the U3A must have got! Made me laugh just thinking about it. Grin
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
5 Mar 2018 6:36PM
I like a touch of realism in an act: even if it's the comedian who recognises that he's filling in between the strippers...

U3A audiences clearly are not true to the traditions of the Glasgow Empire!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2018 7:01PM
Comedy would have been good, John... Thanks again everyone.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 778 England
5 Mar 2018 8:05PM
A nightmare event!
A striking/horrifying image as a result, and from your description it doesn't sound worth it but seeing the resonse here maybe it was Grin
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
6 Mar 2018 2:08AM
Moira,
These two shots tell a story. Between your images and your commentary, this is definitely award worthy.
That story you tell of your "worst entertainment experience" is rather frightening.

-=\Walter
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2018 8:04AM
Thanks Walter, a nice surprise for a cold morning.
6 Mar 2018 8:40AM
nice photo Smile

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