David Prince Miller's own account of his extraordinary life as a showman a hundred years ago
Devised by Jack House
Production by Robin Russell with and Harold Wightman, Eileen Herlihy, Ben Levy, Ian Sadler, Janette Selkirk, Jack Sinclair, Halbert Tatlock.
David Prince Miller made his fist appearance in Glasgow at the great fair held a hundred years ago. In ten years he was known to everyone as conjuror, freak-show door-man, 'penny geggies' (music-hall) proprietor, prison inmate, bookseller, publican, and owner-manager of one of the finest theatres of the city. He presented every kind of entertainment, indoors and out-of-doors, from Punch and Judy to tragedy played by Macready, Phelps, and Kean. He began in a sideshow, where he was alternately 'barker' to bring in the crowds, or 'The African Giantess' inside the booth.
Success after success brought him into touch with the great names of the day-even Jenny Lind. But he ended as he began-at Glasgow Fair.
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