Last September, this blog explored the fun, yet often melancholy world of the Victorian music hall and the lives of those who illuminated the stage. (read those articles here:)
But for a more in-depth exploration of this fascinating world of gas-light, music, laughs and celebrity, I direct you toward the fabulous Hoxton Hall – an original 1860’s music hall – for a day of music hall history and gaiety!
From Charlie Chaplin to Vesta Tilley, the working-class theatre and its performers captured the imagination of the Victorian and Edwardian period. This exciting and unique conference explores how such a controversial art form influenced popular perceptions, and still resonates in the world we live in today.
Held at Hoxton Hall, on May 11th 2013, and organized by King’s College,
and the , this
one-day conference will explore the history of one of the most exciting,
subversive and controversial forms of theatre from the 19th Century. University
The first example of mass entertainment in
the music hall’s influence over fashion, language, society, and culture
continues to resonate today, while remaining one of the most enduring art forms
of the Victorian period. On the other side of the Britain Atlantic,
vaudeville had a similar impact, helping produce a mass audience of consumers,
in advance of the development of film and television. In addition, American
performers found opportunities in the , and vice versa, becoming
carrier of cultural exchange in the process. UK
This conference seeks to bring together all those working on any aspect of the Music Halls, both nationally and internationally, for a day of discussion and discovery.
We are looking for papers from all disciplines: Drama, Performance Studies, History, English, Geography, Music, Social Sciences, and Digital Humanities, etc.
We welcome submissions from established scholars, early career researchers, Phd students, as well as performers, and members of relevant societies.
Papers could explore:
This conference takes place on 11th May 2013 at 9am.
£25.00 Full Admission
£20 Concession for Students
For more information or to book tickets, please find your way to the event website, or simply allow me to do all the hard work for you, and click here: