Stan Laurel who was 'he'?
'he' by John Connolly
An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .
And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.
he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.
With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel &Hardy.
John will be speaking at the Brittania Panopticon Music Hall, where Stan Laurel started out his career, about his amazing new novel 'he' and will be taking questions afterwards.
Tickets are £4 (or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card) and can be purchased through the online link.
The Panopticon will be showing a selection of Stan Laurel's films projected onto the very stage where Stan Laurel first performed and then John will give a presentation folled by a Q&A.
The Panoticon have kindly arranged a bespoke selection of Scottish Gins for the evening provided by Boe Gin.
Brittania Panopticon Music Hall
Deep in the heart of old Glasgow lies a hidden secret; the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall - the oldest surviving music hall in the world.
It opened as the Britannia in the late 1850’s to entertain the working folk of the factories, mills and shipyards and it saw many greats of the music hall and early cinema grace the stage, most famously Stan Laurel who made his debut in 1906.
Although the music hall closed in 1938, it was reopened in 2003 by the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust and is an ongoing conservation project and a rare example of an intact surviving Victorian music hall.
Further details: 0141 332 9105