Adultery, betrayal, age discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, press intrusion, scandal, robbery…and a rescue at sea. All set against the background of the Victorian Music Hall.
Merry Nelly Power was a real life, trailblazing performer of the 19th century, a male impersonator who struck an early blow for women’s rights by owning her own properties and headlining at all of the major theatres. Until her fame – and her most famous song – were usurped by the young Marie Lloyd. In the centenary year of Marie Lloyd’s death, Blue Fire Theatre Co. tells the story of how the “Queen of the Music Hall” came to fame at the expense of poor Nelly Power. “Marie Lloyd Stole My Life” tells the unglamorous side of show business in Victorian London through the subversive lens of Music Hall.
Written by JJ Leppink and starring BMHS Committee member Lottie Walker as Nelly Power. Catch the play at the following venues over the next few weeks:
September 29th – The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
October 5th & 6th – The Rosemary Branch, Islington
October 15th – The Coach House, Malvern (2 shows – matinee + evening)
October 22nd – Henstridge Village Hall, Somerset
You can book tickets for all of these venues here