Peggy Ryan’s travelling trunk & Olga Varona's sequinned leotard
Peggy Ryan's travelling trunk - Before the days of airline weight limits an essential item for any touring artist was a sturdy travelling trunk. This one belonged to dancer, soubrette, magician's assistant, and dance mistress Peggy Ryan. Coming from a theatrical family, Ipswich-born Peggy toured with her family before she herself started to perform. In the 1940's she joined the Cremorne Theatre ballet, progressed to soubrette and Ballet Mistress there and at the Theatre Royal. She worked with all the famous comedians of the day, toured Australia & New Zealand, and played in vaudeville and pantomime. Peggy also performed with WW2 Forces Entertainment Unit. Olga Varona's sequinned leotard - Queensland-born Olga Varona was an
acclaimed aerialist who started her career in circus before becoming a
vaudeville headliner. With her husband and manager Archie Collins, Olga headed
to the UK after WWII and toured for a decade, performing with some of the
biggest names in variety, and was chosen be part of the 1947 Command
Performance at the Palladium in London. Olga’s long red hair and elaborate
costumes, all made by herself, were a feature of the act.