He was orphaned by the age of eight and brought up by aunts and uncles. His first job was as delivery boy for a relative's greengrocer 's shop in Seaford.
At age 14 he became a telegram messenger and, at 15, an office boy at a cement works. In he moved to the United States of Americaworking in various menial jobs, while acting in and directing off-Broadway shows. Returning to Birds Of A Feather - Ralph Reader - Hits From The Gang Shows!he produced and choreographed West End productions, notably variety performances at Drury Lane and at the Hippodrome.
Instill in Scouting, he anonymously staged his first all-Scout variety show at the Scala TheatreLondon. The three performances were well received by public and critics. In that became its title and Reader acknowledged he was their producer. In November "a bunch of Boy Scouts", as one writer described them, became the first amateurs to appear at a Royal Variety Performance.
Boyle persuaded Reader to become an Intelligence Officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Ark - Fridge - Eph the rank of Flight Lieutenantalthough the diplomatic situation had deteriorated before he could take up von Ribbentrop's invitation.
On the outbreak of warBoyle sent Reader to France for undercover work, in the guise of running a concert party, for which some former Gang Show members were recruited into the RAF. ByBirds Of A Feather - Ralph Reader - Hits From The Gang Shows! Show units were estimated to have travelledmiles and entertained 3, servicemen. After the war Reader set up his own production company, Ralph Reader Limited, which revived many shows he had produced before the war.
The first postwar Gang Show ran for three weeks at the Blackpool Opera House and broke the theatre's records. He also began producing the London Gang Show inusually at the Golders Green Hippodrome in north London, and wrote more songs and musical plays for the Scout Association. He produced the Gang Show annually untiland his association with it continued until his death.
He died inone Rumbo A Manhattan - Various - El Pecado Original short of his 79th birthday.
Following his death, the Ralph Reader Memorial Fund was established with contributions from friends, colleagues and members of various Gang Shows. It continues to "assist deserving individual members of the Scout and Guide Movements Recall - Velure - Care For Fading Embers the age of 20 years. Grants may be given towards the costs of camp fees, Scout and Guide uniform, travel to Scout or Guide events, career training, convalescence after an illness, or any other purpose.
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