It used to pay very well, and it was very refined. I used to do 'In a Balcony, by Mister Browning, and 'Laska, the same evening! and it always made a hit. I'd do 'In a Balcony' first, and I'd put on a Louis-Quinze-the-fifteenth gown and wig-to-match over a female cowboy outfit.
When I'd finished 'In a Balcony, I'd do an exit, and shunt the gown and wig-to-match, and come on as 'Laska, with thunder noises off. It was one of the strongest effects in my repertoire, and it always got me a curtain call." And Captain Jack would wag his head and murmur: "Extraordinary! extraordinary!"