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Nor Kiddie

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Nor Kiddie was the stage name of the comedian, actor and juggler of the 1920s and 1930s, Norman Chilton Kiddie. Life and career Nor was born to Elizabeth and Joseph Garibaldi Kiddie in Widnes, Lancashire 1897. Joseph (or 'J. Gar', b. 1864) was a locally successful music hall artiste, writer, comedian, pantomime producer and promoter in the early years of the century. He had his own comic sketch company by 1907 when J. Gar Kiddie & Co. appeared at the Grand Theatre, Hanley with their "funny absurdity" 'The House of Tinn' which starred Kiddie himself. Another early triumph was his version of the "Little Bo-Peep" pantomime - featuring Walter Wade as the Baron - that he created and promoted. In 1904 he had taken his "merry burlesque", 'A Little Coquette' to the New Gaiety Theatre at Leith. This play would later be filmed under the same title in 1909. By the start of World War I, Gar was the impresario of the local Alexandra Theatre at Widnes and had become associated with Bert
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