The Unicorn is the UK’s theatre for young audiences.
Their present show is advertised as suitable for 8+; but the children round me seemed confused as to what was going on.
Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was one of the most famous male impersonators of the music hall stage.
During World War 1 she “did her bit” by playing a key role in the government’s recruiting drive. Dressed in a soldier’s uniform and carrying a rifle she toured the regions, singing recruiting songs.
Vesta Tilley was so successful she was nicknamed “Britain’s best recruiting sergeant.”
It’s a pity the old music hall songs aren’t better sung and it’s a pity, too, that the production hasn’t come up with anything comparable to that memorable scene in the film version of Oh What A Lovely War when the young Maggie Smith sings the recruiting number, “I’ll Make A Man Out of You”, and is transformed from sexy music hall artiste to hag-like siren luring young men to their deaths.