Theatrical performer and producer who also writes reviews. Owner of Blue Fire Theatre Co., producing plays and podcasts about the heritage of the Arts. Researcher, interviewer and sometimes performer for podcast.
Nelly Power was a huge star of music hall who is now pretty much forgotten.In 2017/18  Blue Fire's Lottie Walker was researching the life of Marie Lloyd when she discovered Nelly, who was in fact the first person to sing the famous song "The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery".   And made it her mission to get Ms Power the  By 2019  J.J. Leppink had written the one woman play, "Marie Lloyd Stole My Life" for Lottie to take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  since the show has been back to Nelly's hometown of Islington, playing at the Islington Museum and also at The Old Red Lion theatre, a space very similar to what Nelly herself would have recognised.In this episode we learn a little about the real Nelly and meet the team behind the creation of the show, which has been mothballed in lockdown but will return to the stage in 2021.To find out more about  Music Hall:The British Music Hall Society  : http://britishmusichallsociety.com/Into the Limelight: https://intothelimelight.org/ Contributors:Edz BarrettJames HallLinda HansellZoe Harvey-LeeJ.J. LeppinkLottie WalkerEditor:  Jacob TaylorMusic:  James HallWe'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.
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.
Alice Thornton was an ordinary, if somewhat well to do woman of the 17th century.She lived through the time of Plague, the Great Fire of London, the English Civil War and the Restoration.  But as the old saying says "there are no troubles as big as your own" and Alice's troubles (indeed tragedies), which were many are what she recorded in her diary.Dr Debbie Cannon, who is a writer and actor created her one person play,  "The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton for the Being Human Festival in 2019.  She was inspired by the research of Dr Cordelia Beattie of Edinburgh University and both talk to us about discovering Alice and her reintroduction to society some 400 years since her death.Guest:  Debbie CannonGuest Contributor:  Cordelia BeattieEditor:  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.
Just before Christmas 2020 we had a  jolly conversation with Kate Griffin,  author of the "Kitty Peck" novels about her interest in music hall.Kate tells us about her love of theatre, how she fell in love with music hall and Jenny Hall,  the real artiste that Kitty Peck is based on.  We also talk about principal boys, theatre ghosts and what pantomime was like in days gone by.The "Kitty Peck" books are published by Faber and Faber:Kitty Peck and the Music Hall MurdersKitty Peck and the Child of Ill FortuneKitty Peck and the Daughter of SorrowKitty Peck and the Parliament of Shadows
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Location
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England, United Kingdom
Episode Count
43
Podcast Count
5
Total Airtime
17 hours, 28 minutes
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