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!
This is a tale of a life more dramatic offstage than on; a story of tempestuous relationships, a scandalous divorce, an infamous jewel heist and a rescue at sea – all set against the backdrop of the Victorian Music Hall. And all absolutely true!
Meet Nelly Power: male impersonator, soubrette and headliner at all the major theatres, not to mention a wealthy property owner in her own right. Nelly was a force to be reckoned with in an era before female emancipation. But life was not a bed of roses for our heroine; the melodrama that was her life was played out under the watchful eye of the popular press and, finally usurped by the next teenage sensation, her end was both sad and premature. That teenage sensation was Marie Lloyd, the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’.
As we remember Marie Lloyd in the centenary of her death, Nelly tells the story of her own career – and Miss Lloyd’s rise to fame – with amusing anecdotes and a wry sense of humour. It’s a funny and poignant real-life tale of female empowerment in a patriarchal society. Whilst the suffragists are politely protesting outside her place of work, Nelly is on stage using Music Hall’s own brand of subversion to mock the male establishment.
Marie Lloyd Stole My Life tells of life in Victorian London as viewed through the subversive lens of Music Hall, and the story of one amazing woman. It’s a bit Ripper Street and a bit EastEnders. With songs. All together now…