A History of the Music Hall in Leicester

Ref: C2342958

'Your Very Own!' - Little Tich, Vesta Tilley, Marie Lloyd, Dan Leno - entertained the music hall masses with their skills, repertoires, and songs. Leicester as a city was a highlight of the theatrical calendar for many acts, boasting the biggest theatre outside London. Come to a day workshop on the people's entertainment, and share the joys, tragedies and triumphs of many acts, theatres, and theatrical workers. Taught by author and music hall historian Deborah Tyler-Bennett, and using objects and pictures from the period.

Course aim

This workshop introduces participants to the vibrant world of the music hall - looking at Leicester's role as the city with the biggest theatre outside London! Taught by author and music hall historian Deborah Tyler-Bennett and using artefacts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • For anyone with a love of theatre, creative students may want to make notes to use in writing or art, or just come along to discover some of Leicester's secret history.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Learn some stories from Leicester's theatrical past.
  • Recognise major icons of the music hall stage, such as Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno.
  • Get to handle objects and pictures from the golden age of 'the halls.'
  • Recognise how music hall history ties-in with Leicester's history.
  • Consider new perspectives on Leicester during WW1.

How will I be taught?

  • Day school so just come and enjoy it. It may be that you can follow it up with reading and research of your own if inspired.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Day school so no external writing or work.

What else do I need to know?

  • Pen, paper, notebook if you keep one. If you have any theatre memorabilia you'd like to share, please bring it along.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Tutor's books set in Music Hall and Variety: Turned Out Nice Again, Mice That Roared, and Brand New Beat: All King's England Press 2013-17. Also writes for There'll Never be Another: The Journal of the Max Miller Society.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

A History of the Music Hall in Leicester

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