About Music Hall Alice

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

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 musichallalice@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “About Music Hall Alice

  1. Hi Music Hall Alice, Myself and my husband (Stephonie and Jeremy Clarke) run the Felbridge History Group and for years I have been trying to get information out of Paul Young about his mother Norah to include in one of of talks. I knew that Norah had theatrical links (having seen the wonderful photos along his hall passage) and that she had helped with the local Lake View Drama Club in Felbridge of which my parents (and later I) were associated with. I have trawled the internet before and only came up with a couple of potential entries for her but this year we decided to try and include her biog in our second Theatricals of Felbridge talk in November and I found your wonderful site. Any help you may be able to give us in the creation of an accurate biography for her would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Setphonie

  2. hi alison, thanks for follwing me on twitter, if there is anything you want to know about in the programmes and playbills from Central Library archives + , just let me know.. Glad you enjoy my bolgs

  3. Hello Alison
    My name is Ron Howard Great Grandson of Carlos Trower the African Blondin, a name that I have seen on this informative website. You may have visited my website http://www.theafricanblondin.com where his performances and private life timeline has given me an enjoyable fifty years of research.
    If you would like to exchange facts and tales of this incredible and controversial performer please contact me via email at african.blondin@btopenworld.com
    Best wishes

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