Writings

Politics in the Music Hall

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017

I possibly had a romantic version in my head of Music Halls being quite base. Sounds like it was much more orchestrated and nefarious than that, by Fern Riddell.

From the 1870s onwards the music halls were manipulated by an increasing level of middle-class control, which sort to neutralize any form of working class political discontent. They were used as a conduit for propaganda, and instead of speaking for the people the halls moulded their political temperament through increased patriotic fervour and a focus on domestic life.