Award winning playwright, and author featured on BBC Radio and TV. Novello consultant on Oscar & BAFTA winning film Gosford Park.
Author and playwright  David Slattery Christy, talks to us about his grandfather, Reg Pratley.Reg's story shines a light on the social history of the early 20th Century.  From growing up in a sleepy Oxfordshire village via a short spell in the Royal Navy, Reg Pratley ended up managing one of the largest and  most prestigious travelling fairgrounds in England.  His story is part Mills and Boon romance, part Boy's Own Adventure and part historical drama.  We also learn about David's new play about Ivor Novello and his leading ladies discussing the closure of the theatres - in 1939!   Who better to document this episode than David, the man who was the Novello advisor to the Gosford Park movie?   And all sorts of other topics are also covered, from the design of a department store to the Music Hall life of Dan Leno and the late Roy Hudd.Mainly, though, this episode is about Reg Pratley, a remarkable character who literally ran away to join the fair and never looked back.    We hope you enjoy Reg's story and that you'll share, rate and review us so that more people can "meet" him.For additional information :'d love you to keep in touch with us, too: if you'd like to support us in our work and receive our undying gratitude, just please click here: Music and SFX from https://www.zapsplat.comMusic composed by Adam A. JohnsonEpisode Produced By:  Jacob Taylor
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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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