by Lou Morrish
Last night, I was introduced to London's best kept secret – Wilton's Music Hall. A stone's throw from the Tower of London, this stunningly atmospheric building is steeped in a rich, colourful history. Many of our greatest past performers, such as Champagne Charlie, have trodden the boards at Wilton's, and on its small stage Britain's first Can Can high-kicked its way into the Nation's hearts. Two friends and I had been lucky enough to acquire tickets to see the Times columnist Caitlin Moran, talking about her hilarious new book “How to be a Woman”.
Keeping her company on stage was her fellow Times writer David Abramowitz. As my friends and I took our seats in the rather small and intimate Hall, we marvelled at the period detail surrounding us – the ornate columns, the peeling frescoes, the authentic, simple stage. We couldn't help but sip our cocktails and be transported back to the 1800's. I for one could almost see and hear the performers of the past entertaining the London crowd.
Our reveries were cut short, though, as Caitlin herself took to the stage, looking every bit as 'normal' as she comes across in her columns. Dressed in t-shirt, leggings and Dr Marten boots, and with her signature 'wild' hair, she launched into discussing her book and the impact it has had, with David ably fielding questions. From big pants and 'embarrassing wees', to nightmare weddings and the taboo of abortion, Caitlin had us in stitches. Before we knew it, her time was up, and we dutifully joined the long queue to get our cherished copies of her book signed. I've never been to a 'celebrity' signing before, certainly not someone I admire and respect as much as Caitlin. So it was with slight trepidation and sweaty palms that I and my friends waited our turn to meet her. And when we did, she was so down to earth, so lovely, I was lost for words.
It was a truly memorable evening, and I would urge everyone to visit the little hidden treasure that is Wilton's Music Hall.