Marie Lloyd Reviews

‘The weekend after my successful appearance at Shaftesbury Fringe Festival 2017, I performed in a play I’d written about the Tolpuddle women on the main stage at the Tolpuddle Festival. It was greatly enjoyed by one an all. Many thanks to all who took part.’
Rita Barrington

‘July 2017: Rita Barrington was a huge success with her ‘Literally Allsorts’ show at the latest Shaftesbury Fringe Festival. The ‘Branch’ has been asked by several Legion members to lay on a ‘special’ of her Marie Lloyd act, which she has accepted to do later in 2018. She is not only talented, but an absolute charmer.’
Robin Miller, President of Shaftesbury Royal British Legion.

‘Rita had previously appeared as Marie LLoyd, but this time she gave us a collection of monologues and readings. . .Rita was able to transport us to other times and places. . .we look forward to her third visit’
Sutton Poyntz WI Dorset

‘Many thanks for your lovely talk / performance.  The feedback has been great.  Everyone really enjoyed the evening. Very different from the normal speaker. ‘

Weybay WI Dorset February 17

‘Once again your entertainment was a huge success, and it was agreed by all, as one of the best! Thank you.’

Maureen Haskell, Shillingstone WI, Blandford. December 2016

The Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce awarded Rita Barrington and  Accompanist James Crawshaw with the ‘Best Variety Show’  for their presentation of ‘The Life and Times of Marie Lloyd’


‘A very big thank you from Portisham WI for such a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Everyone said how professional you are, what a lovely voice, and how fascinating the story you told of Marie Lloyd’s history – no-one knew any of the details and you brought her to life for us.’

Jan Gray, Speaker Secretary Portisham WI. December 2015

‘On a dismal wet evening at Swanage Bowls Club, we enjoyed some sunshine in the form of Rita Barrington, entertainer extraordinaire, in the character of Marie Lloyd.

Everyone in the room was enthralled by the history and anecdotes of this lady’s life and times, as well as Rita’s renditions of the songs Marie Lloyd made famous.

We can thoroughly recommend Rita for your parties and gatherings.’

Swanage Bowls Club ~ November 2015

‘Our members were delighted with your wonderful talk on ‘The Life and Times of Marie LLoyd’, and were enthralled with your words and songs.’
Trevor Collins ~ Portland Probus, Dorset ~ 7th May 2015

‘Thank you for a wonderful evening that was not only interesting, light hearted fun but very informative and educational as well. The feedback from all our members was that they had had a lovely evening and that you were an excellent choice. We would recommend you to any other club as a superb speaker.’
Sue Gilks, Chairwoman, Wyke Ladies Club ~ January 2015

‘Rita gave a wonderful characterization of Marie LLoyd. So much brilliant research has been done to give a very sympathetic understanding of the real person behind the stage persona. Marie LLoyd was brought to life throughout Rita’s performance.’
Yvonne Skinner, Chairwoman ~ Chickerell & Charlestown Townswomen’s Guild ~ December 2014

‘The feedback from our members was all positive and greatly enjoyed, so thank you again for a most entertaining afternoon’ Sarah Benton, Booking Secretary, Stoborough WI, December 2014

‘Rita gave an outstanding performance on the life of Marie Lloyd starting with her entrance in character and a song to set the scene. The history was fascinating and Rita’s knowledge was amazing, beautifully delivered in character and interspersed with song and wit. An entrancing 45 minutes of entertainment. We couldn’t have had a better celebration for our 80th birthday.’
Gill Williams, Wool W I Nr Wareham, Dorset, November 2014’

‘Thank you so much for coming to our Guild. We all enjoyed the Life & Times of Marie Lloyd – you were so realistic. I think we began to believe you really were her! From the comments I had afterwards I think you may get some more bookings from the various clubs and groups our members belong to. Thanks again.’
Janet Fidler Secretary Trefoil Guild, Weymouth. November 2014

‘Rita gave a wonderful performance as Marie Lloyd. Her costume was beautiful, and she fully looked and played the part. The life story of the music hall star was engaging and Rita’s voice (with our members’ occasional accompaniment!) completed the package. Everyone enjoyed a very entertaining evening.’
Judy Bird, Programme Secretary, Charminster WI – October 2014

‘Rita Barrington, dressed as Marie LLoyd, entertained our members with Marie’s life story and sang some of her songs. We enjoyed joining in and thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance.’
Westbourne WI Dorset, August 2014

‘When we saw Rita Barrington perform as Marie Lloyd, we were so impressed that we booked her straightaway. . .her performance was so convincing and moving that she seemed to actually become the great Music Hall legend.’
Sutton Poyntz WI Dorset February 2014

‘Thank you very much for your show. . .the Marie Lloyd section was fascinating and really brought her to life.’
Friends of Dorridge Community Hall, West Midlands

‘I know I speak for everyone present when I tell you how much we all enjoyed your show; it was most entertaining and most enjoyable.’
St Swithin’s Men’s Group, West Midlands

‘Without exception, everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performance . . . you made it so interesting and entertaining.’
Solihull WI West Midlands


Marie Lloyd Reviews — 4 Comments

  1. Rita brought Marie Lloyd to life with a very entertaining performance. Her costume was beautiful and what a lovely voice! Our members enjoyed singing along too! This was a perfect choice for our celebration party of 100 years of WI. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Andrea for your kind feed-back. It was wonderful to hear you members joining-in and laughing in all the right places! I made the costume myself – even the hat! So pleased you liked it. Best regards, Rita

  2. Fabulous evening Rita you had us all laughing and singing. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performance as Marie Lloyd and we will pass on your details to all our friends. Many thanks for coming along and entertaining us. We loved you!
    Shillingstone WI

    • Thank you, Pat for your very generous comments. I’m delighted that everyone enjoyed my performance. It was a real pleasure to entertain such an appreciative audience. Please pass-on my thanks and best regards to all your lovely members. X

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