Singing Les Roastbeef: Comic English characters at the French music hall
Tue 20 Nov 2018, 19:30 - 20:45
- The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
In the glory years of the Parisian ‘café-concert’ music hall, one comedy character above all others was loved by French audiences: the Englishman. Join Hannah Scott for an introduction to these roast beef-scoffing, beer-quaffing figures of fun from the nineteenth century. After a short talk, enjoy a performance of comic songs (with translations) complete with exaggerated English accents, stick-on sideburns, and the frumpiest outfits in Europe.
Dr Hannah Scott, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, French and Francophone Studies, University of Nottingham
Part of the Being Human Festival, 15-24 November.
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