Introducing...

The Almost Famous

Barry Balmayne

Public Speaker in

West Midlands and The Black Country

Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Not quite a Celebrity but probably one of the most experienced Speakers you have never heard of.

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Presenting a choice of four scintillating, interesting and not to miss talks.
Talk 1 is a quality blend of Facts, Stories, Anecdotes and the occasional joke or two.
Talks 2, 3 and 4 are of the more serious and informative nature’
All talks last approximately 1 hour and are all ideal for Probus Clubs, W.I. Clubs, Local History
Societies, Rotary Clubs, Active Retirement Groups, Seniors Clubs and the like...

About Barry Balmayne

18 Years Variety & Cabaret Entertainer as one half of a highly popular and much sought after Double Comedy/Song & Dance Act with his Brother Trevor.

20 Years Top Theatrical Journalist—Midlands critic for ‘The Stage & Television Today’ Newspaper.


10 Years Variety & Light Entertainment Theatre Diary Page, ‘Select Magazine’.

10 Years Editor of ‘The Call Boy’ the quarterly magazine of The British Music Hall Society for which he received the Society’s ‘Meritorious Award’ for services to the preservation of Music Hall.

20 years a member of the most prestigious Show Business fraternity in the world, ‘The Grand Order of Water Rats’.

15 years one of the country’s most popular Professional Toastmasters and Master of Ceremonies.

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'The Life Of A Variety 

Entertainer’

(THE LIFE OF A THEATRE PERFORMER

IN THE HEY-DAYS OF VARIETY)

Variety was when we had a theatre in every City and every Town throughout the Country. Variety was when that
Theatre had shows 52 weeks of the year. Variety was when those shows were 8 to 10 different acts and the shows were twice nightly at 6.20pm and 8.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. The Variety Performer lived out of a suitcase and this is his story - taking on an Agent, finding and living in Theatrical Digs, travelling from town to Town on Sunday afternoons, working the Theatres, Summer Seasons and Pantomime.

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‘The Story Of The Grand Order

Of Water Rats’

(THE PRESTIGIOUS SHOW BUSINESS

FRATERNITY IN THE WORLD)

The story of the origin and achievements of The Grand Order of Water Rats is one of absolute interest. The Order is the most prestigious Show Business fraternity in the world and since it was founded in 1889 most of the greatest and famous stars of Music Hall and Variety have stood in its ranks. Raising monies for many well deserving charities by doing what Water Rats do best – entertaining people – has been, and is to the present day, the measure of their infamous success.

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‘Ladies & Gentlemen Your Own,

Your Very Own’

(THE STORY OF BIRMINGHAM’S MUSIC

HALLS AND MUSIC HALL STARS)
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In and around 1850, Music Halls emerged all over the country from Taverns and Song & Supper Rooms and Birmingham and The Black Country had its fair share. Our Music Halls attracted the biggest names of the day—the likes of Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley, Vesta Victoria, Florrie Ford, Harry Champion, Dan Leno, and Little Tich. But we can also boast four of our very own home grown crowd pullers who became International Music Hall Stars—Harry Freeman, Fred Barnes, George Lashwood and Dorothy Ward. This is their story.

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‘Pray Silence For…The Man In

The Red Coat’

(THE HISTORY AND WORK OF THE

PROFESSIONAL TOASTMASTER)

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The origin of ‘The Toast’, Why the name ‘Toastmaster’? Why the ‘Red Coat’?, What is the secret of the ‘Toastmaster’s Glass’?
Taking a step back into the 200+ years history of the purely 
British institution - The Professional Toastmaster.

Professionally trained in Tact, Dignity, Diplomacy and Empathy, this man officiates at any function from a State Banquet to the laying of the first brick at a monument or new building. Fully trained in the etiquette and relevant protocol for every occasion, including Royals, Civics, Masonics, Corporates and Charity Functions in addition to English, Jewish and Asian Weddings.

Travel and availability:
I can present these talks in and around the Black Country and The West Midlands
also Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire
daytime or evenings.
My contact details:
Telephone: 0121 357 5875
Mobile: 07778281190
Email: barry@barrybalmayne.co.uk