Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – British Players and their Art – The Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 4th June 1920

Miss Gabrielle Ray

BRITISH PLAYERS AND THEIR ART.

A letter from Mr. C. B. Cochran, the well-known theatrical manager, to the Press, in which he states that “the British stage is a hot-bed of snobbery,” and that “our leading actors and actresses think more of a nod from a duchess or a tea party with Lady X than of proficiency in their art,” has been indignantly denied by members of the profession. Miss Gabrielle Ray, the famous musical comedy star, who is making her first appearance at Boscombe Hippodrome with her charming entertainment next week, was recently asked for her opinion. “There are a few exceptions, of course,” she said, “but I believe that the great majority of British players are very keen indeed on their art. I know that I am. It would not matter to me whether I were playing at Buckingham Palace or a music hall. I should experience the sensations I always feel, and try to produce the atmosphere I always do try to produce. Given a good part you cannot help but devote yourself to it if you’ve any brains at all. You’ve no time to wonder who is in front – dukes or duchesses or anyone else. And in any case it is not for Mr. Cochran to decry ‘a nod from a duchess or a tea party with Lady X.’ He knows as well as anyone how it helps his business, and like every other manager he is keen on his artistes being a social success. If our actors and actresses are only given the chance they will show Mr. Cochran whether they are proficient or not. At present they only get the flimsiest parts in which there is really nothing to do but look pretty – that is why so many of them are engaged, I think. But we are not snobs,” Miss Ray concluded. “Most people are at some time or other, and you will find less on the stage than in any other walk of life.”

 

The Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 4th June 1920

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Alexandra Rose Day – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

 

Alexandra Rose Day.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, one of our most beautiful queens of musical comedy, and the star attraction at Boscombe Hippodrome this week has generously consented to assist in the special effort being made in Bournemouth tomorrow on behalf of Alexandra Rose Day. Miss Ray will sell roses both at Branksome Towers Hotel and at Westbourne Arcade.

Although we have reached practically the eleventh hour, there is still need for an additional number of ladies to act as collectors, and the Committee will be grateful for any offer made even at the last moment.

 

Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Boscombe Hippodrome – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 4th June 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Boscombe Hippodrome – Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

Boscombe Hippodrome.

 

The last word in dainty artistry is to be seen at Boscombe Hippodrome this week where Miss Gabriel Ray, the famous beautiful London musical comedy star, is the principal figure in a series of most delightful scenes.

In costumes, in settings, in general scenic effects and in song and dance, the lover of the artistic is made spellbound by the exquisite harmony that prevails. Assisted by Mr. Leslie Barker, Miss Ray first submits a delightful offering, “ Pierrot and Pierrette,”  which is succeeded by a charming early Victorian scene, in which she is assisted by eight little maidens, all attired in costumes of that period, the whole making a most beautiful colour scheme. “Jack o’ Jingles” is the final act presented by Miss Ray, in which her powers of fascination are equally irresistible.

A strong variety bill supports the “star” attraction. Takio gives wonderful imitations of sounds of wild animals, birds, etc., in conjunction with his interesting film introducing the various animals dealt with.

The Werds Bros. area pair of comedy acrobats who introduce a number of sensational falls with a running show of pantomime. Dusty Rhodes is a man of comedy with an operatic voice, Ernie Ream in story and song is decidedly popular with his “Baby Grand,” and Adams and Lee open the programme with a skilful display of juggling.

Bournemouth Graphic – Friday 11th June 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Bournemouth Guardian – Saturday 12th June 1920

BOSCOMBE HIPPODROME.

Undoubtedly the chief attraction at the Boscombe Hippodrome this week was the appearance of Miss Gabrielle Ray, the famous London musical comedy star, assisted by Leslie Barker and a dainty chorus of children. Miss Ray has an extensive repertoire and her varied selections, coupled with the dainty singing and dancing of herself and her partner, formed a very pleasing item. A really clever turn was introduced with by Takio with his £1,000 film in sounds, mimicry of wild animals and birds. As the pictures of animals came on the screen Takio imitated their calls and noises, and when his performance came to an end he was rewarded by loud applause. Ernie Ream, with his baby grand, was very good in songs and delivered some very amusing patter. Dusty Rhodes, who is an old favourite with the Boscombe audiences, appeared and sang some funny songs. Werds Bros. were daring comedy acrobats, and they introduced the highest fall ever done on stage. Adams and Lee, the comedy jugglers, were also very clever.

 

Bournemouth Guardian – Saturday 12th June 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Bournemouth Guardian – Saturday 5th June 1920

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