First Annual Talk Series
14th - 22nd September 2013
For the first time Britannia Panopticion Music Hall will be staging a series of talks about some of the various aspects of the building and popular entertainments. They include:
14th September 2pm
Pantomime in Scotland presented by Doctor Paul Maloney
An illustrated talk exploring the glorious history of pantomime in Scotland – from its origins in the Victorian period to the impact of Scottish variety stars and the performing traditions of Glasgow’s pantomime theatres from the interwar years to the present day.
14th September 7pm
Sounds of Silents presented by Lawrence Dunn of Gladstone's Bag
Lawrence Dunn will give a talk on the use of live music and sound effects during the early days of cinema - from the 1890's to the 1920's. It will be illustrated by examples of films and the music which might have been played to accompany it.
Brilliant Corners will also be finishing off the evenings entertainment with a selection of music written by the great silent comedy clown himself - Charlie Chaplin
15th September 2pm
The History of Costume presented by Graham Hunter costume designer and consultant for film and television.
Graham Hunter will present an edifying talk illustrated by original pieces of period costume.
18th September 7pm
Singing in the Rain - Preserving the Britannia Panopticon presented by John Addison (our very own conservation engineer).
From conserving ancient echoes in a lofty warehouse to keeping the ghosts smiling in a unique music hall. John Addison remembers fifteen years of conservation work - from slates on the roof to the drains under the foundations and his battles with wind, rain, rotten wood and crumbling stones; assisted by Johnny Mandolini.
19th September 7pm
Tits, Tassels and Ten Pound Notes presented by Gypsy Charms aka Doctor Sarah Vernon
Be prepared to take a revealing journey filled with feathers, frillies and fishnets as Gypsy Charms presents a brief overview of the hisory of Striptease based entertainment from its bawdy music hall origins to the strip clubs of today. Strictly over 18's only!
20th September 7pm
No Turn Unstoned presented by Judith Bowers
In this talk Judith Bowers (project founder and director) will edify with a talk about the history of Britannia Panopticon music hall; it's performers, audience and various characters who operated the building throughout it's history.
21st September 6.30pm
Performing Wonders and Entertainment Culture in the Edwardian Period presented by Professor Vanessa Toulmin - Head of Engagement University of Sheffield. Professor Vanessa presents the history of some of the quirky and bizarre entertainments of the era, from dancing pigs to parachuting cats.