Thursday, 16 August 2012

Little Tich

Harry Relph (1867 – 1928), known on the stage as "Little Tich", was an English music hall comedian. He was noted for the characters of The Spanish Señora, The Gendarme and The Tax Collector, but his most popular routine was his Big Boot dance, which involved a pair of 28-inch boots, commonly called "slapshoes" in the days of vaudeville. He was also popular as a pantomime dame; in one season he appeared with Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno also in the cast. Read more on Wikipedia

Lowry refers to Little Tich in his short story 'Enter One In Sumptuous Armour';  "An advertisement for the Hippodrome said Little Tich, 6:30, 8:30." (Psalms Pg. 233)

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