"a place so full, he says, of music-hall people and actors that they call it "Grease-Paint Avenue""
Greasepaint
Public DomainGreasepaint - Credit: Pianist, Wikimedia Commons

 

Dan Leno playing Widow Twankey in 1896
Public DomainDan Leno playing Widow Twankey in 1896 - Credit: unknown
Brixton was, indeed, the home of many theatre and music hall performers at the end of the 19th Century: Dan Leno, the comedian, lived in Akerman Road; Fred Karno, the theatrical impressario, had his 'Fun Factory' off Coldharbour Lane; and the comic actor, Charlie Chaplin, lived in Ferndale Road.

Greasepaint is theatrical make-up, literally grease mixed with various colourings.

  

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