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Lola Nixon interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]
Bib ID 3425500
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Nixon, Lola, 1935-2014, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, written permission is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2005 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 130 min.) 
Summary

Lola Nixon, born 1935 in Sydney, talks about her family background; her childhood in Coogee; as a child, competing in talent quests at the Coogee Aquarium; her parents; her schooling and appearances in school productions; learning piano; touring, at age 14, with Sorlies Travelling Tent Show as a dancer; the circumstances leading to this; describes touring on the Circus train; a typical day during a Sorlies tour and the training she received on tour; her recollections of Grace Sorlie, George Sorlie; Bobbie and Gracie Le Brun; learning comedy; auditioning for Harry Wren as a dancer for "Thanks for the Memory"; how she got her first opportunity to appear in a comedy sketch; touring New Zealand; touring at that time and explains how these tours eventually became impractical; working as a soubrette in Sydney nightclubs in 1954; the night club facilities for performers at the time and the nightly routine; some interesting people she worked with.

Nixon speculates on the demise of nightclubs in Sydney. She then discusses the growth of "Morning Melodies" and the inroads made by television; being invited to audition for the role of Nancy in "Oliver" and the implications of that series of auditions; the experience of playing the lead role of Nancy in "Oliver"; receiving an invitation to audition for "Man of La Mancha"; at the same time being invited to appear at the Doncaster Theatre Restaurant with Reg Livermore; her experiences working on the cruise liner, Fairstar; how she resumed her club career after touring with "Oliver"; her work as a Talent Quest adjudicator; the experience performing in a production of "Chicago" in the Canberra Theatre; her involvement in the Australian tour production of "Hello Dolly"; working with Jill Perryman; the role of 'Dolly Levi'; Christopher Renshaw; her involvement in "Jerry's Girls"; her life outside the theatre; her involvement with Australian Ladies Variety Association (A.L.V.A); her plans for the future; her proudest achievements.

Notes

Recorded on 29 April 2005 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) 
Subjects Nixon, Lola, 1935-2014 -- Interviews.  |  Actors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Singers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Musicals -- Australia -- History.
Occupation Actors.  |  Singers.
Other authors/contributors Stephens, Bill, 1936-, Interviewer

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