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Full transcript of the interview - British Library - Sounds

Full transcript of the interview - British Library - Sounds

Full transcript of the interview - British Library -

THEATRE ARCHIVE PROJECT http://sounds.bl.uk Charlie Cairoli – interview transcript Interviewer: Sue Barbour 24 November 2008 Charlie Cairoli junior Clown. Agents; Gordon Blackie; Tower Circus, Blackpool; Charlie Cairoli senior, digs; employment; family involvement; pantomime; Cliff Richard; Second World War; touring; This Is Your Life. SB: This is Sue Barbour from the University of Sheffield talking to Charlie Cairoli…. Jnr. and first of all Charlie I’d like to ask you if you agree that this recording can be used for the British Library Theatre Project and to inform future generations about Variety Theatre. CC: Of course, no problem at all. SB: Right. First of all I wanted to ask you whereabouts were you born and about early on in the family and your life CC: Well, I was born in Blackpool because my father was doing seasons here then. He started in 1939. One of those things, we always used to go to The Tower on the opening and the last night and probably partway through the season. It was compulsory, you know [SB: laughs]. We had to go along. I used to go and see other shows and I met other people but because it was part of my normal life, these people were just…. They weren’t… I mean, if you look back, people say, ‘Oh, you knew him”. Or “You knew him!” but, they were just friends, really. You know, you never thought they were…. because they never thought themselves as Stars…. And they were just people in show business. So you got to meet all these people, which I look back and think I just don’t appreciate what people I met…. and who I met. SB: Mmm. CC: But, yes, I had a great life and one of the things I always used to love doing…. If my father was doing Pantomime and it was far away, we always used to go and see him. Well, we went by train. Well, train was a great thrill in our day. SB: Mmm. http://sounds.bl.uk Page 1 of 12

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