Arthur Lloyd's 'The Old Woman & Her Pig'
Above - Arthur Lloyd's 'The Old Woman & Her Pig'
Arthur Lloyd's Grandson, Harry Powell Lloyd, writes:- The cover of The Old Woman and her Pig shows Arthur Lloyd skipping along and pulled by a pig which he has on a rope and which is tied to its back leg. He is in drag, traditional witches outfit, the Welsh type, Cartref hat, a wide-panniered skirt and apron. It amused me that when half-a-century later, I sung The Witch in Humperdincts opera Hansel and Gretel, I wore the same kind of outfit myself at the Old Vic and Sadlers Wells.
A report on Arthur Lloyd's on stage style whilst on a tour of the provinces in 1866, comes from the Manchester Examiner who published a review of his appearance at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester in February, saying: 'The entertainment provided by Mr. Arthur Lloyd, on Saturday evening last, was, with a very slight exception, a comic one. Himself a singer and composer of popular songs, Mr. Lloyd contributed largely to the amusement of the immense audience which crammed the Free Trade Hall in every part. "The Ballet Girl," "The Policeman," "The Old Woman and her Pig" (a re-setting of an old North country nursery rhyme), and the last composition of its class, the inexplicable "Kafoozleum," were vociferously encored... Mr. Lloyd's bill of fare, doubled as it was by repetitions, lasted till a late hour, and proved how exacting is the public when its taste is met and its wants generously supplied by performers of great ability and a superabundance of animal spirits.' The Manchester Examiner, February 12th 1866.
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