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:

The old Palace Theatre in Southampton […] - the music hall from the chairman days – became the Variety Theatre.  And the turns used to come on.  They were numbered and the number of the turn was shown on a board at the side of the …   more >>

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Interview with Alfred Deahl. In Private family collection. accessed: 20 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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unspecified music hall songs performed by George Formby snr, Sam Mayo, Mark Sheridan, Vesta Tilley
'She sits among the cabbages and peas' performed by Marie Lloyd

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 was the Royal York Palace of Varieties (

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:52:57 +0100
Approved on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:03:47 +0100