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  • Harvey Teasdale was a Victorian performer best known for his success as the ‘man-monkey’, an act which he toured with for many years. He was born in Sheffield to a family of cutlers, but rather than continuing the family business, Teasdale opted for a life in the performance industry. He performed several times as the clown in pantomimes and harlequinades before cultivating a reputation for playing the ‘man-monkey’, an act he toured the country with, finding much success. His most famous stunt was his attempt to sail down the River Don, Sheffield, in a barrel pulled by ducks. As well as performing, Teasdale managed several theatres during his life time. In 1862 Teasdale’s wife, Sarah, separated from him, taking their two daughters with her. Teasdale discovered Sarah's whereabouts and attacked her with an empty pistol before a neighbour intervened. He was accused of attempted murder and served two years in Wakefield Prison. He came out of prison a ‘converted clown’, swore off future theatrical performances and joined the Hallelujah Band in Sheffield.

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