This page features some of Yana's many stage appearances and shows in which she starred throughout her long career.
To begin, Mike Barton recalls two shows from the 1950s:
Here are Mike Barton's memories of Yana's shows in the 1950s:-
I saw Yana in concert twice.
She came to Germany to entertain the troops sometime between 1954 - 1957.
My Father was in the Army so as a family we were sent to Germany with him and his Regiment. I would be around ten years of age and was a collector of autographs at the time. Dad was a Colour Sergeant and must have pulled rank to get us backstage and just outside her dressing room door. It was just before the show so she was getting dressed, which meant we could not go in to see her but her dresser took my Autograph Book in and Yana signed it and sent out a glossy signed photograph of herself. We then went and watched the show which comprised mostly of young sqaddies who probably had not been around a Woman for months. Yana worked the audience well, getting the soldiers whooping and shouting in appreciation particularly during Climb Up The Wall.
I recall being backstage in Germany with my Dad again, this time to meet Tony Hancock. Whether this was a diffent show or the same one I cannot recall. Did Yana ever share the bill in a troop show with Hancock do you know?
YANA'S FIRST VARIETY PERFORMANCE AT THE EMPIRE, LIVERPOOL:
The second show would have been a few years later in a seaside show in the UK. Now again my memory in a little vague on the exact details but it was either Margate or Southsea and Bob Monkhouse may have been in the same show topping the bill.
We were in the first two or three rows of the stalls and as part of her act then, Yana used to pick on a man from the audience and pull him up on stage as part of her routine. This night she picked on my Father after asking my Mother whether 'she could borrow your Husband', Mum replied with something funny like 'you are welcome to him'. Dad who loved to be in the spotlight really went along with it to the encouragement of the audience dancing and playing up to Yana as she sang to him. At the end of the number and to the obvious delight of the audience and the acute embarrassment of myself, they had a full on kiss which seemed to me to last for ages.
Yana knew what she was doing as when they finally came up from air, my Father was covered in lipstick and looked a litle like a Circus clown. The Greaspaint type lipstick she wore on stage had certainly left its mark.
She then escorted Dad back to his seat and presented my Mother with a rose for being such a good sport.
I am sorry my memories of place and times are a little misty with the passing of time. Again do you know if she ever starred in a seaside show with Bob Monkhouse? (Please see below - Editor).
I hope these recollections have been of some interest to you. The Internet is a wonderful thing for helping people to recall their past.