Beryl Reid Says... Good Evening: Performing Queer Identity on British Television

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Abstract

Beryl Reid Says… Good Evening was a comedy revue series broadcast on BBC television in the late 1960s which showcased the talents of a renowned British character comedy performer. Beryl Reid’s career spanned music hall, variety theatre, dramatic acting, radio comedy, film and television. She was a celebrity figure from the 1950s to her death in the 1990s but never became a ‘star’ as such. Reid’s work is addressed as a form of queer performance, both in roles which reference lesbian sexuality and roles which depict eccentric femininities. This television series was one of the few attempts to showcase her talents, and it is discussed here as an example of how character comedy queers heteronormativity through its camp attention to the everyday.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-179
JournalJournal of European Popular Culture
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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