13th February 2016 – Saturday evening at The Hive, 7.30pm
Programmed by SpringOut, this cracking evening of entertainment was a fringe event of the National Festival of LGBT History in Shrewsbury. With SpringOut’s own fabulously popular compere Helen Sandler, we presented All the Nice Girls‘ theatrical tribute to real-life stars of music hall Gwen Farrah & Norah Blaney. Starting out in Lena Ashwell’s concert parties for the troops in WW1 the young Farrar and Blaney quickly adapted their classical ‘cello/piano act into a ‘turn’ full of repartee and physical humour. Household names in the early 1920s, Farrar and Blaney had an on and offstage partnership, singing popular love songs of the day to each other in West End Revues and living together openly.
Peter Scott-Presland joined us with some of his own musical jollity and tales from his personal experience, growing up as a gay man.
Local musicians Beth Prior and Hannah Fermor added to the delight of the evening with a dip into archival stories of LGBT lives – this was the first outing for some tailor made music.
The Hive has a bar
Tickets £8 (£5 if you cannot afford the full price) are available here:
Venue: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE