Thursday, June 25, 2009

'orses 'ead 'andle......

For the last few months I have been helping out with a children's theatre production. One of the items is an enactment of "The Lion and Albert" the monologue by Mariott Edgar made famous by Stanley Holloway. I have loved this fun piece since I was small, the children (all from the London area) are making a great job of their "northern" accents but the piece needed a vital prop, as in this verse,
A grand little lad was their Albert
All dressed in his best; quite a swell
'E'd a stick with an 'orse's 'ead 'andle
The finest that Woolworth's could sell.


I formed this out of Crayola Model Magic and then covered it with a layer of scrim and PVA, a layer of gesso and then a layer of Paverpol Next came the paint with beads for eyes, I added the "silver" band(tape covered in silver Rub and Buff and a final layer of Paverpol.(I am hoping it will last more than one performance!!)

I have never attempted anything like this before so am quite pleased with my efforts, obiviously my time watching Royal Ascot wasn't entirely wasted! (I thought there were some really stunning hats this year which made up a bit for me missing the exhibition at the V&A)
If you want an old fashioned chuckle listen here.


Gina said...

Great job on the 'orses 'ead 'andle! I always loved that poem too!

Anonymous said...

you did a great job with that handle - it looks like the real thing!

Clare W said...

Well thanks for reminding me of the poem. It made me chuckle!

Julie said...

Thank you for the memory Pat. My stepfather used to recite this poem and its brought back some happy memories.