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Vesta Tilley was possibly the most famous male impersonator of all time and a huge star of the Victorian Music Hall. The girl from Worcester, who was treading the boards from the age of 3 was also the wife of an MP and "Britain's best recruiting sergeant" during WW1.
In this episode Ann-Lindsey Wickens tells us what it's like to portray this iconic figure, and Vesta's history is told - in brief by Chris Jaeger, author of "Vesta" the one woman play about Lady De Fries as she became.
And we also hear from Jessica Dannheiser, composer of "Orchestral Portraits: Seven Pioneering Women" about the inspiration Vesta provided. Huge thanks to Jessica and to Audio Network for permission to use this music.
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Host: Lottie Walker
Editor: Jacob Taylor
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