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English - Enterprising People

Enterprising People 9 - Dorothy Paul

Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.


 Comedienne, raconteur and entertainer, Dorothy Paul was born in Dennistoun (Glasgow) in 1937 as Dorothy Pollock. She is best known for her stage shows, often at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. Other notable roles include playing Magrit in the television version of The Steamie. She has also had guest appearances in Still Game and Taggart.

She was educated at Whitehill Secondary School. She entered the retail trade as a junior in a clothing shop (1952).

Known for her impersonations of Glasgow characters and humorous observations drawn from her life in the city, Paul got her break in theatre after winning a talent competition. She began a career-long series of pantomime appearances when she took a starring role Aladdin at Edinburgh’s Palladium Theatre (1957).

Paul joined Scottish Television's The One O'Clock Gang in 1959. She also sang at holiday camps and social clubs, but went on to host Housecall and appear in Garnock Way, The Steamie and a celebration of the Glasgow football club, The Celtic Story. She has also had film roles, including Bookie (1987). From 1991 she became noted for her one-woman shows including Now That's Her, Now That's Her Again, The Full Dorothy and A Happy Medium.

Mr S. Sutton

Try Our "Brain Challenge"


Five Questions!

          1. What age is Dorothy today?
          2. Why might Dorothy have a different name now from when she was born?  
             ( Note: there might be at least two answers to this question)
          3. Why are some of the words in the passage written in italics?
          4. What does it mean when the passage says she “got her break”?
          5. Name three famous pantomimes. (One of them is mentioned in the passage)

Five Words !

Write the following words in your jotter. Look at the words in in a dictionary, or ask an adult to help with their meanings. Write the meaning for each word in your jotter, beside the word.

comedienne           raconteur           retail           humorous           impersonation


Research/Personal Investigation

Make a list of at least five theatres, with their addresses, known to you. Ensure that at least two of them are located in different cities or towns.


Mr S. Sutton

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