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DumbstruckA Cultural History of Ventriloquism$
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Steven Connor

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.001.0001

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At Home and Abroad: Monsieur Alexandre and Mr Mathews

At Home and Abroad: Monsieur Alexandre and Mr Mathews

(p.265) 12 At Home and Abroad: Monsieur Alexandre and Mr Mathews

Steven Connor

Oxford University Press

Charles Mathews, a long-established comic actor, had first presented his one man show in London in 1818. The show was strung loosely together around a series of recitations, dialogues, sketches, and songs, all of them performed by Mathews himself. The governing structure of the evening’s entertainment was usually that of a journey, or in later years of a journey through Mathews’s own reminiscences. When Alexandre Vattemare began performing his Adventures of a Ventriloquist, Mathews had just opened with The Youthful Days of Mr Mathews, an entertainment organized around Mathews’s personal reminiscences of various comic types and incidents. Mathews supplemented his highly-developed powers of mimicry with ventriloquism, a skill which he had first acquired while working with a theatrical company in Swansea between 1795 and 1797. Ventriloquism featured most often in the ‘monopolylogue’ with which Mathews’s entertainments usually concluded after 1819.

Keywords:   Charles Mathews, journey, Alexandre Vattemare, entertainment, mimicry, ventriloquism, monopolylogue

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