4 June 2011

"Foolish Questions"

Ada Reeve made her first theatrical appearance at four years old in the pantomime "Red Riding Hood" at the Pavilion Theatre in Whitechapel, London on Boxing Day 1878. Two years later, her 'straight' dramatic debut came at Dewsbury in West Yorkshire when she played 'Willie Carlyle' in "East Lynne" with Fred Wright's company of which her parents were members.

She first appeared in London at the Pavilion Theatre, Mile End, over Christmas 1883 when she played 'The Old Man of the Sea' in the pantomime "Sinbad the Sailor". Over the next few years she appeared in a number of productions at the same theatre, including the role as the boy 'Jacques Martel' in "The Crimes of Paris" in the summer of 1884 which she made a considerable success.

Eventually, Ada starred in many early Edwardian Musical Comedies, but also had a talent for Music Hall, of which this song is an example.

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