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This matinee at the Bierkeller Theatre on Sunday 27th September celebrates lesbian performers in British Music Hall and Revue, looking at the careers of forgotten stars, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney through the eyes of male impersonator Ella Shields.
‘cheeky, touching and truly enlightening…with gay marriage finally here, this is a wonderfully vital insight into a different time.’ The Stage
Gwen and Norah met each other behind the lines in WW1 and quickly formed a double act to entertain the troops. By 1918 they were ‘such good pals that the thought of parting from each other was almost unbearable’ so they brought their turn to the London Palladium and became household names. All The Nice Girls charts their career together and celebrates their enduring friendship.
Performing partners Alison Child and Rosie Wakley from Hove discovered Gwen Farar and Norah Blaney through some grainy footage on YouTube and the story is all the more real as Ali and Rosie are a real life couple.
Rosie says, ‘We were fascinated by how these women became stars, singing love songs to each other. We wanted to perform their songs and celebrate their lives from a 21st century perspective.’
Alison only came out 18 months ago and now she’s fulfilling her dream with her new partner, Rosie. ‘We’re a real couple telling the story of another real couple whose love for each other endured against the odds through WW1 and beyond.’ Ali says, ‘Too often depictions of lesbian romance on TV end in tragedy. Our show contradicts that media cliché and celebrates lesbian love, then and now in a witty, joyous, nostalgic, musical way. Audience members can expect to sing along, to laugh and be moved.’
‘…a sweet, loving reminder of the golden age of music-hall…perfectly delightful way to spend an hour’ FringeGuru *****