MARIE LLOYD
STOLE MY LIFE

"THE BOY I LOVE IS UP IN THE GALLERY

AND I CAN'T EVEN GET A SEAT IN THE CROWD"

Meet Nelly Power, child prodigy and a star at the age of 15. Male impersonator, soubrette and headliner at all the major theatres, Nelly was a force to be reckoned with in an era where theatre was one of the very few areas where women could be properly independent. Whilst the suffragists were protesting on the streets outside, Nelly made her own protest against the status quo inside the theatres and music halls by making fun of the men who were all-powerful in wider society. But life was not a bed of roses for our heroine; betrayed by unscrupulous men and usurped by the next teenage sensation her end was both sad and premature. That “teenage sensation” was, of course, Marie Lloyd, whose is now remembered as the Queen of the Music Hall. 

In this new one-woman show, penned by emerging writer J.J. Leppink, Nelly is portrayed by Lottie Walker, who cut her professional teeth in Music Hall and has a life-long love of the genre. Using songs of the period, Blue Fire Theatre Company take their audience back to the mid-19th Century to view the social history of the period through the eyes of one woman who just happened to be a star of popular entertainment. Expect tales of female emancipation, divorce laws and the great inequalities and double standards of life in Victorian England, all viewed through the subversive lens of Music Hall.

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WHEN & WHERE CAN YOU SEE
MARIE LLOYD STEALING
NELLY POWER'S ACT?

 
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OSO Ars Centre,
Barnes London

Postponed

How did a music hall sweetheart end up nothing more than a small blue plaque in Islington? Nelly Power takes you through the highs and lows of her own Victorian melodrama

Performed as a double-bill with 'Kemp's Jig'

Online@theSpaceUK

8th August 2020

Nelly has been haunting the theatre for over 100 years, so how has she never met Shakespeare's Clown Will Kemp before?  Kemp been hanging around for 400 years.  Tonight they meet "At the Ghostlight", a new piece by J.J. Leppink

The Playhouse,
Pateley Bridge

Postponed

How did a music hall sweetheart end up nothing more than a small blue plaque in Islington? Nelly Power takes you through the highs and lows of her own Victorian melodrama

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