All these tremendous resources are not only packed with information, interviews and images but also contain many further resources within them. They all, in one way or another, feature or reference Marie, June, Doreen and Betty, those they trained with, worked alongside and in the case of June and Betty other family members. Such a vital and vibrant part of our theatre and performance history is stored within these resources, that if you’ve been inspired to carry on your own investigation into these women and Variety theatre – this is where to start!
Kings, Queens and People’s Palaces : An Oral History of The Scottish Variety Theatre, 1920 -1970 – Vivien Devlin, Polygon 1991
Scottish Showbusiness : Music Hall, Variety and Pantomime –Devised and written by Frank Bruce, NMS Publishing 2000
Those Variety Days : Memories of Scottish Variety Theatre – Editors: Frank Bruce, Archie Foley, George Gillespie, The Scottish Music Hall Society 1997
“The Performer” : Who’s Who in Variety : A Biographical Record of Variety Theatre – Compiled and Edited by Guy R. Bullar & Len Evans of “The Performer”, 1950
An Audience With… – Janice Parker Projects and Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Editors: Martin O’Conner and Janice Parker, White Water Publishing 2018
Remembering Edinburgh’s Palace of Variety – 35 mins, Producer : Ian Rintoul, Santina Film 201O
Scottish Music Hall and Variety Theatre Society: A membership organisation who aim to promote and keep alive the art form of the Scottish Variety Theatre. They meet regularly bringing people from the business together, have a website, published the book mentioned above and produce the newsletter Stage Door