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Pick Me Up’s 60th Anniversary production of Oh What a Lovely War is on at Theatre@41, Monkgate

Runs until Saturday, 8 April 2023 (See all dates)

Time
19:30 - 22:00
Venue
Theatre@41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB

Art is imitating life for singer Marlena Kellie who has joined Pick Me Up Theatre’s production of Oh What a Lovely War – recreating the shows her grandfather would have performed in WWI.

Pick Me Up Theatre present a 60th anniversary production of this classic of modern theatre. 'Oh, What A Lovely War!' is a satirical chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period. It was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1963 before being turned into a film by Richard Attenborough in 1969

Art is imitating life for singer Marlena Kellie who has joined Pick Me Up Theatre’s production of Oh What a Lovely War – recreating the shows her grandfather would have performed in WWI.

 While rehearsing, Jazz-singer and actor Marlena realised the costumes and songs from the production were all reminiscent of her own family’s acting career.
 
 “My grandfather, his first wife and my grandmother were all in entertainment troupes during the First World War,” she said.  “I found some wonderful old photos of them all – and they are the real-life versions of what we are doing on stage.”
 
Marlena’s grandfather Richard Palmer was Romany, with an act he would perform at travelling fairs and later in the Music Hall.  He was also part of Fred Karno’s circus and her parents Eddie Palmer and Shirley Kellie travelled the country with their own club act, settling down when Marlena was three-years-old.
 
Carrying on the Romany tradition, Marlena can sometimes be found telling fortunes, but concentrates on club singing and acting.  She was one of the trifle-bearing women seen charging joyfully along in last year’s Argos Christmas advert!
 “I used to be embarrassed by my “otherness” in school, but now I embrace it,” Marlena said.  “I live with two fabulous Drag Queens and a lovely little dog called Whoopie.
 
“I can’t quite believe how life has led me to Oh What a Lovely War but it feels like it was meant to be.  My parents are sadly no longer with me but I very much feel I am carrying on the family tradition.”
 
 Pick Me Up’s  60th Anniversary production of Oh What a Lovely War is on at Theatre@41, Monkgate, York, from March 31-April 8 2023.  Tickets from: https://tickets.41monkgate.co.uk/seasons/334e9046-78fa-462e-8d71-4fbf2435450b

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Theatre@41 Monkgate
41 Monkgate
York
YO31 7PB

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