Penny Gaffs

Often set up in empty shops or warehouses for a knock down rent, these acted as very cheap music halls, and would allow the youth to have a nights entertainment for a penny. They would have lurid scenes painted on the outsides to lure their audience in, who would be occasionally treated to a freak show as a warm up, before the main act would occur. This main act would be a mix of bloodcurdling mini dramas, including robbery, throat slitting, and even wife beating, and much more nastiness in between. Musical interludes would be conducted by women in scanty attire (by Victorian standards), and their performances were more titillating then gifted.

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