Forgotten music hall star Nelly Power makes her Camden Fringe debut care of Blue Fire Theatre Company in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, running for three festival dates only – at The Water Rats on 8 August and The Museum of Comedy on 13 and 21 August 2021. Time to get booking!
Meet Nelly Power. A child prodigy and a star of the stage at the age of 15, Nelly was a male impersonator and headliner at all the major theatres. She also had a terrible taste in men and was a tabloid sensation, living a life that was a cross between Ripper Street and Eastenders.
Betrayed by unscrupulous men and usurped by the next teenage sensation, Nelly tells the tale of the Victorian melodrama that was her life with warmth, humour, and just a tiny amount of bitterness.
Using songs of the era, 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.
Marie Lloyd Stole My Life is performed by Lottie Walker, with piano and musical direction by James Hall. The play written by JJ Leppink with original direction by Edz Barrett.
What the critics say
“The audience…. witness the powerful presence of a star performer” – Mark Aspen Reviews
“Intricate, delicate dialogue, delivered to perfection with heart-breaking warmth” – Mumble Theatre Press
“It is a delight to watch Lottie Walker at work” – Theatrical Me
“Lottie Walker makes a very believable character of someone I’d never heard of and would like to know more about” – Edinburgh Evening News
Lottie Walker as Nelly Power in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life.