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TIVOLI MEMORIES

By

Bill Reid
(Please respect the copyright of these photographs)

 
             Myself at the Grand Master Stage Lighting Panal (1962)                                                                      Fifty Years later (1st. October 2013


                                                                1962

It was late Summer in 1961 that quite by accident I got myself employed at the Tivoli Theatre as Stage Lighting Operator. The Alex Findley Show was in it's last two weeks and the outgoing
Lighting Operator (A New Zealand chap) showed me the ropes during that period. My first solo show starred Aly Wilson. It ran for three weeks and I was just starting to enjoy the work when
the show was terminated and the theater closed for some weeks. It was quite alet-down, but I was seeing the start of the end of the Tivoli as a regular Variety Theatre. It would soldier on with
some high moments but eventually closed in 1966, almost three years after I had moved on.

Other shows that I worked with were, Alex Findley, Jack Milroy, Lex McLean, Johnny Victory, Clark & Murry, Calum Kennedy, Scout Show and Christmas Pantomime (Dick Whittington 1962).

I had been a regular theatergoer since first being taken to the Tivoli by my Auntie Maggie around 1946/7. I knew of most of the regular and top artists who appeared there and it was really nice
to actually be working on their shows. However, while the Alex Findley Show had been packing them in over the Summer of 1961 I was soon made aware that the Ally Wilson Show that
followed had entered the autumn season and audiences, especially during the week were very thin. We were handing out more free tickets than paying audiences. Likewise, the 1962/3 winter
was on it's way and turned out to be the coldest and one of the longest winters since 1947. I recall walking over pavements of deep frozen snow for weeks and often had to walk into work as
it was impossible to cycle or take the bus into town. When this miserable winter ended, one of the cartoons in the local newspaper I always remember is of a woman pushing her child in it's
pram, with the child screaming in terror, and the mother explaining ''It's all right dear, it's only the Sun'. Which really says everything about that winter.

Update: November 2016. The Grand Master lighting panal has been removed from the back of the stage and is now on a static display in the exhibit room by the stalls. It's a shame that it will
never be used again but it is equally satisifying to know that it is being preserved. It has been overtaken by the present day computerised stage lighting set-ups.

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SMH&VTS Exhibition & Show 2007  
Tivoli & Area Improvements (Oct. 2013) 
(NEW) All SMH&VTS Glasgow Gatherings and photos.

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