I am from a music hall family – my grandmother, great grandparents and their brothers and sisters were all music hall artistes and I have had a life long fascination with the lives of these performers.
I chose a more sedate career – the legal profession – which has its own elements of theatre but none of the vibrant colour, joy and entertainment that music hall brought to millions of people in the days before the advent of cinema, radio, TV and the internet.
I hope to enthuse you about the forgotten world of music hall and at the same time explore my family connections to that world. Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats…
Alison Young worked as a solicitor in the City of London for 20 years and during that time undertook various creative writing courses before finally deciding to run off and join the music hall.
Alison is the Secretary of the British Music Hall Society and a regular contributor to their journal, “The Call Boy”. Alison also tweets on behalf of the Society @musichallsoc where performers of the music hall and variety stages are remembered and celebrated – as well as promoting modern performers and theatres embracing (and subverting) the music hall tradition.
Alison has contributed to The Guardian and is the recipient of a 2017 Society for Theatre Research Award for this blog. Alison gives regular talks on various aspects of music hall history, most recently at the V&A as part of their regular lunchtime talks series.
Alison can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org