Variety Collective presents:
homefires poster

KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING – ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND – WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP – ROSES OF PICARDY
IT’S A LONG WAY TO TIPPARARY – DARKTOWN STRUTTERS' BALL– PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME, HONEY
ROCKABYE YOUR BABY – OH, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL – THERE’S A LONG, LONG TRAIL A-WINDING
THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE ME – I WONDER WHO’S KISSING HER NOW – K K K KATY – PRETTY BABY – IF I HAD MY WAY
PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES – ROW, ROW, ROW – MOONLIGHT BAY– OVER THERE – BROKEN DOLL
I LOVE A PIANO – PRETTY BABY – GOODBYE, GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS YOU – YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU
I’M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES – BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON – SOME OF THESE DAYS – DAISY BELL
AND MANY MORE

Our brand new production for 2014, ‘KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING’, is a Centenary Commemoration in music and song of the outbreak of The Great War.

Our show begins on 1st July 1912, remembering the very first Royal Command Performance (indeed, the only Royal Command Performance – thereafter they were called Royal Variety Shows) at the Palace Theatre, attended by Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary.  Over 100 stars of Music Hall took part and the art of Music Hall was thereafter recognised as a legitimate entertainment that would cross the class divide.

We follow with the build-up to, recruiting for, and the outbreak and duration of World War One using songs of the era and recalling the great entertainers who sang them. Florrie Forde, Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilley are but a few, and each of them did what they could to keep Britain’s fighting spirit alive and the country’s hopes high.

Songs that were sung at home whilst the boys were away and songs that Tommy Atkins sang in the trenches evoke the spirit, the emotions and the down-right bravery of those involved, in whatever way, with the conflict that was thought to be ‘the war to end all wars’.

Annie Riley as florrie forde


Annie Riley as Florrie Forde Graham Hunter
Graham Hunter, Mickie Driver & Mike Marandi

ANNIE RILEY – LE’ARNA CASTLE
VICTORIA YELLOP – JACKIE SIMMONDS
GRAHAM HUNTER – MIKE MARANDI
LLOYD ELLERY – MICKIE DRIVER

with the music of
DAVID CARTER
and the voice of
COLONEL PIERS STORIE-PUGH OBE

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