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9. Mr Lacey (2:50)

Coming In
CD 1 - Ashley's Almanac: A Hutchings History (FRCD 51)
1. Working Underground (3:56)
2. Coming in to Land (0:47)
3. This Blessed Plot (4:16)
4. New St George / La Rotta (4:23)
5. Albion Heart (4:51)
6. Telstar (4:34)
7. Eternal Circle (3:35)
8. It Takes a Lot to Laugh (excerpt) (1:50)
9. Mr Lacey (2:50)
10. Come All Ye (5:00)
11. One Night As I Lay on My Bed (3:30)
12. Albion Sunrise (2:55)
13. Poor Old Horse (6:34)
14. Time to Ring Some Changes (3:10)
15. Along the Pilgrim's Way (4:50)
16. The Party's Over (6:13)
17. Angelina
18. Abandoned Love
19. Wings
20. About Dawn

Fairport Convention

For instance an exploding device ended Goodbye Dolly Grey with a scream of
"Ladysmith has been relieved"
 - a description of what The Alberts did

'Professor' Bruce Lacey who is here

'Professor' Bruce Lacey was born in London and left school at 13. He began painting while hospitalised for tuberculosis in his teens and went on to study at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. After college he gave up painting for sculpture, making props for Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine(there was one where invisible fleas appeared to climb a ladder, walk along a tightrope twirling a cocktail umbrella, and dive into a water tank), and creating a series of robots. Lacey appeared in a music group called the Alberts in the 1950s and 60s and in later years has turned almost exclusively to performance art.
Lacey was glad when the term 'performance art' was coined, 'because it finally explained what I'd been doing all my life'. The son of a house painter and a milliner, Lacey had grown up in Lewisham, influenced by variety theatre.
He  had a one-man show and featured in a group called the Alberts, in their show 'An Evening of British Rubbish'. He was in a movie with Peter Sellers and was filmed playing the electrified spokes of a penny farthing by Ken Russell.
His robots were exhibited at Gallery One and then the Marlborough. They included The Womaniser , now owned by the Tate Gallery, which was inspired by 'wondering what it would be like to be a hermaphrodite and make love to myself. It had six breasts and rubber gloves that inflated every 30 seconds'. Critics described his work as neo-Dada, 'which surprised me because I didn't know what Dada was. At the Royal College, art history had stopped with the Impressionists.' 

Some of the work was politically inspired: he did a piece resembling a refugee camp, with hands straining to get through bamboo; some was comical, like Rosa Bosom, who played the female lead to his d'Artagnan in the Alberts' version of The Three Musketeers at the Royal Court.

In 1968 Lacey showed both Rosa Bosom and her mate (Mate) in his ICA exhibition, 'Cybernetic Serendipity'. This show also included his sex simulator, a kind of capsule that tilted its occupant to the accompaniment of 'non-specific erotic images. Meanwhile, through a sheet of red rubber, rollers ran over your breasts and a soft thing would fall into your crotch and vibrate'. Lord Snowdon tried it. Generally speaking, Lacey says, women liked it more than men.

In the late Sixties Lacey moved to Wymondham in Norfolk, where he has lived ever since in a farmhouse full of stuffed dummies and robots, including Rosa Bosom - 'who still performs'. He became interested in earth rituals in the Seventies, enacting them at medieval-style fairs; he thinks of these as being related to the magic that happens when artists get ideas and inspiration, 'almost like a form of telepathy'.

Early in 2004 the sculpture collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries acquired one of Lacey's assemblages, Old Money Bags (1964). The machine is triggered by shouting into it. Lacey likes to say: 'Get to work, you bastard.' The cogs start turning and two-shilling pieces move through the heart like white corpuscles.

  One of his funniest works is called Market Cross in a Snowstorm and involved painting-by-numbers a picture of Market Cross, wearing a snowsuit. 'But every number was 17, which is white, so I ended up with a white sheet of paper.'

An Evening of British Rubbish...and why not?

Produced by William Donaldson and
Michael Codron

Professor Bruce Lacey, The Alberts,
Ivor Cutler, Joyce Grant.

Directed by Gordon Flemyng.

Comedy Theatre, London - 24 January, 1963


  1. Morse Code Melody and Scena
  2. Penny Farthing
  3. Woman Singer
  4. Cooking Act
  5. Kraut
  6. Wooden Ball
  7. Magic Lantern
  8. Dustbin Dance and Song
  9. Ivor Cutler of Y'hup, O.M.P.
  10. Yellow Bird and Custard Pie Machine
  11. Electric Actors
  12. Joke
  13. Anatomy of Humour
  14. Only Girl in the World
  15. Fire Eater
  16. Blaze Away Production Number
  17. Tiger Rag
  18. Irish Opera
  19. Dance with a Dummy
  20. Peter and Cello
  21. Knife Throwing
  22. Scoon Control
  23. Sheik of Araby
  24. Indian Fakir and Oriental Orange Joke
  25. Ivor Cutler of Y'hup, O.M.P.
  26. Victorian Strip Tease
  27. Talking Picture
  28. Flight of Bumble Bee Mime
  29. Wagnerian Woman Singer
  30. Inventor's Act
  31. Man in Cannon and Cabinet Joke
  32. Merry Quiz
  33. Try your Strength Machine and Mess
  34. Dolly Gray
  35. Grand Finale

Bruce Lacey with Camera filming Bruce Lacey
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Daily activities such as washing
and dressing are often shown in
paintings, but only rarely provide
the central focus of a this
12:41 1971 short Lacey and
Jill Bruce show us how it's done
from the Tate Gallery collection

for this we'll let Chris Stephens,
with Jann Howarth, Don McCullin,
Colin Self, John Dunbar, Gerald Laing,
Bruce Lacey, Barry Flanagan, Liliane Lijn,
Frank Bowling and Peter Blake, explain
this one.courtesy of The Tate Gallery,
in their Summer 2004 newsletter

 were Bruce Lacey, Tony Gray and
 his brother Dougie Gray. In the late
50s/early 60s they put together an act
involving dressing in Victorian clothes
and playing a variety of strange
instruments and props. The Alberts
were the first of the anarchists
music groups and had to be
seen/heard to be believed!

our take on this rubbish and
remember no herds of wild ostriches
here whatsoever and definitely
 no rabbits.mothers of small
children please note, this page
is inedible.and yes this is linked
to this page of British rubbish

Bruce Lacey Cropredy 2004

Bruce Lacey 2

Bruce Lacey 3

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for these
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