Marie Lloyd, Queen of the Music Hall was a force of nature with a larger than life personality.At one time the highest paid act in the country, she sang a string of hit songs including "Oh, Mr Porter" and "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way".Finding fame at the age of 15 she spent the next 40 years entertaining on the music halls and vaudeville theatres around the globe. Her life was every bit as lively offstage as it was on. She experienced extreme wealth and extreme poverty, 3 marriages and 2 divorces (and the marriage in between didn't end happily either!).In this episode we tell you about Maries life and discuss what might have made her tick with two women who know her better than most: Marie Kelly, who has performed as Marie Lloyd many times and Midge Gillies, author of what we think is the definitive biography of this unique character.Guest: Midge Gillies Follow Midge on Twitter: @midgegillies"Marie Lloyd the One and Only", by Midge Gillies, "Amy Johnson, Queen of the Air", by Midge GilliesThe Royal Literary Fund https://www.rlf.org.uk/The Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University: https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/Guest: Marie KellyFollow Marie on Twitter:@mariekellyTKatapult Theatre: https://katapultproductions.co.uk/Dover Youth Theatre: http://www.doveryouththeatre.co.uk/Music: Marie KellyEditor: Jacob TaylorWe'd love you to keep in touch with us. You can find us at:https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc/https://twitter.com/bluefire_tchttps://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatrehttps://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/And if you'd like to find out a little more about us and support us in our work, please click here:https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatreWe'll be forever grateful.