List of forthcoming events for Blue Fire Theatre Co.:
Marie Lloyd Stole My Life
Old Red Lion Theatre
29 September 2019 -
Marie Lloyd does not appear in this play! She has been cast in a supporting role to the now less well-known Nelly Power. The play is a newly written one woman show and in the true spirit of all comedy, which is based on tragedy, Nelly tells the story of her career with amusing anecdotes and a wry sense of humour. It is a funny and also 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 subversity to mock the male establishment. And offstage she is building a property portfolio and a small fortune - until tragedy strikes. After a hugely successful career Nelly lost her most famous song to the younger Marie Lloyd. Her career never fully recovered but Marie went on to become the “Queen of the Music Hall” and did everything bigger and better than Nelly (even more marriages and divorces and approximately 10 times as many people at her funeral than Nelly’s 4,000). The story is punctuated with well-known music hall songs so audiences can expect a bit of a sing-along if they are so inclined.
03 October 2019 - 04 October 2019
Will Kemp - celebrity comedian, superstar of the Elizabethan stage. Kemp was a shareholder in The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, alongside William Shakespeare. But something is wrong in the relationship between actor and playwright, and when they part ways Kemp’s publicity stunt of Morris dancing from London to Norwich begins. A hilarious Elizabethan roadshow.
Blue Fire are delighted to bring Will Kemp and his entourage - all as portrayed by Steve Taylor - to the Burton Taylor Studio of the Oxford Playhouse.