Fred Barnes was a famous music hall singer. He fell spectacularly from grace, brought down by a shockingly modern range of addictions: sex, shopping, alcohol, and a need for celebrity. At the pinnacle of his fame in the 1920s, he was fabulously wealthy and sported the height of extravagant fashion with a marmoset on his shoulder. By the mid 1930s, he was singing for pennies in Southend pubs with a chicken on his shoulder. His life was one of gothic horror, total extremes, and rather lovely songs. Olivier Award-winning theatre-maker and Wilton’s Music Hall associate, Christopher Green takes to the stage as Fred Barnes, fresh from taking his immersive entertainment about pornography, Prurience, to the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
In today’s language, we might call this ‘wavy haired, blue-eyed Adonis’ queer, gender fluid, an addict, a predator or perhaps we might just fall at his feet and call him ‘a star’. In February, Christopher Green and entertainment legend Roy Hudd, presented a different take on Fred Barnes? life, How Success Ruined Me, a critically acclaimed drama commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
MUSIC HALL MONSTER: THE INSATIABLE MR FRED BARNES
Booking Period: 2 – 12 May 2018