Alfred Deahl in Palace Theatre, Southampton - between at the end of the 1900's, 12:00 AM and in the beginning of the 1910's, 12:00 AM

from Interview with Alfred Deahl:

[O]h, Sam Mayo was funny.  He used to come on dressed in a dressing gown and all hunched up centre of footlights and he used to sing these songs.  And I remember one about – he’s a fireman and he’s rescuing this lady on the ladder outside her bedroom window, telling her to come out, right.  She said ‘I can’t come out because I’m only half dressed’ and he said [sings], ‘Come out and I’ll shut one eye’.  And I always remember that …   more >>

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Interview with Alfred Deahl. In Private family collection. accessed: 19 July, 2024 (Original audio cassette in private family collection, used by permission of Alfred Deahl's daughter, Dr Paula James.)

location of experience: Palace Theatre, Southampton


Alfred Deahl
engineering draughtsman, shipbuilding draughtsman, Violinist

Listening to

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comic songs performed by Sam Mayo

Experience Information

Date/Time between at the end of the 1900's, 12:00 AM and in the beginning of the 1910's, 12:00 AM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Paula James interviewed her father, Alfred Deahl, on 3 July 1994. She encouraged him to reminisce about his childhood visits to Southampton music halls and theatres, and his work as a young man playing the violin for Southampton theatres and silent cinema, and on board cruise ships. The above listening experience has been transcribed from the audio recording, in which Deahl recalls attending second house of the music hall, alone, from the age of seven. The 'old Palace Theatre' to which he refers earlier in the interview was the Royal York Palace of Varieties (

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:01:20 +0100
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:06:12 +0100