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— Tommy



Characters are an important part of the rapper tradition and the Tommy and Betty are integral to any Thrales performance. They interact and engage with an audience, and turn a dance into a piece of street theatre. 


The Tommy acts as an MC and carries a spare sword, just in case, while Betty is an agent of chaos and a lord of misrule.​

Thrales have developed several characters over the years. Perhaps the most infamous (and best loved) of these is Grandma Thrale, a cockney fishwife who leads the performance of our Beadnell fishermen’s dance. 

Our main Tommy character is fluent in classical verse and political philosophy, and is London’s most famous kilt-wearing vegan. Nurse Betty is our anarchic healthcare operative; the fitting of wipe-clean surfaces throughout has undoubtedly enhanced her performance in all theatres.

Visit Rapper Online for more information on the use and history of characters in rapper.

Grandma Thrale and Red Betty