By Eva Ibbotson

ISBN-10: 0230737889

ISBN-13: 9780230737884

Weekly ballet periods are Harriet Morton's basically break out from her intolerably boring lifestyles. So whilst she is selected to hitch a corps de ballet that is environment off on a journey of the Amazon, she leaps on the likelihood to run away for strong. acting within the grand opera homes is every little thing Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new lifestyles whole. Swept away via all of it, she is unaware that her father and meant fiance have all started to trace her down. . .

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The accident occurred in the view of the audience and the greatest alarm was manifested. The curtain was dropped, and although the movements of the child after all showed that it had not sustained severe injury, the excitement of the audience was evidently intense. After the lapse of about a minute, Mr. Jackson came in front ofthe cur- 40 Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain: 'All Work, No Play' tain, and announced that the child had not experienced any serious effects from the accident, a statement that was warmly welcomed by the house, and soon after the curtain rose again, and Mr.

Training did not include drills on what to do in emergencies, the most frequently encountered of which was fire, a special hazard during the nineteenth century because of the inflammable fabrics of the environment and its technologies. Legislation was introduced several times to minimise the dangers to actors and audience alike, culminating in the Metropolis Management and Building Acts Amendment of 1878. 126 An account of the burning of the Surrey Theatre during a pantomime run, in January 1865, illustrates the dangers: For the second time the old Surrey Theatre has been totally destroyed by fire ...

It introduces, too, Mr. Oscar Byrn, the dancing-master and director of crowds at the Princess's. One of his lessons was in the art of walking with a flannel blanket pinned on in front and trailing six inches on the floor. My success in carrying out this manoeuvre with dignity won high praise from Mr. Bym. The other children used to kick at the blanket and progress in jumps like young kangaroos, but somehow I never had any difficulty in moving gracefully. No wonder then that I impressed Mr. ' Whenever he was not actually putting me through my paces, I was busy watching him teach the others.

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