LIVE THEATRE: Mrs Beeton , My Sister
December 9 @ 14:30pm - 16:00pm£2 - £10
Award-winning playwright Alison Neil’s play “BELLA – THE STORY OF MRS BEETON” was hugely popular, and ran from 1988-2002. It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 as a Saturday Afternoon Play.
MRS BEETON, MY SISTER is an all-new retelling of this entertaining and moving story, using the latest research…..
Many years after Isabella Beeton’s untimely death, Bessie Mayson muses on the extraordinary life of her famous big sister. They were the eldest of 21 children, brought up in the Grand Stand at Epsom Race Course. Quiet, obedient Isabella fell for a charming publisher called Sam Beeton, and joined his rackety life in journalism, culminating in her world-famous “Beeton’s Book of Household Management”. Her family disapproved. But were they right? Thirty years on, Bessie is not so sure…
“Alison Neil is an actress of such consummate skill that an evening in her company is not to be missed. So engaged was I in Alison’s performance that it was something of a shock when the lights went up and one found oneself returned to the twenty-first century. After the interval, we settled down for a question-and-answer session with Alison Neil. This proved rivetting.” YARCOMBE VOICES
“Thank you for making our day very special” HERTFORDSHIRE FEDERATION OF WI’s
“Excellent – both the performance and the audience reaction!! Alison Neil is a top performer whose presentation informed, entertained and often moved a very appreciative audience “.Carmathen Arts
“The compliments have been flowing thick and fast – we are basking in your reflected glory. The question, without exception, asked is, “when is she coming back?” “USK CASTLE FRIENDS
“Very many thanks for a superb evening with Mrs Beeton’s sister. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We would love to see you again in the future.” ORGANISER, AMPTHILL PRESERVATION SOCIETY
“It was brilliant.”Chairman, Avon Federation of WIs.
“A perfect Sunday afternoon! Alison Neil’s performance was lively, humorous and engaging. She conveyed not only the trials and tribulations of 19th Century England but also a good sense of Isabella Beeton’s character and her large colourful family . . . not to be missed !”PEWSEY HERITAGE CENTRE – review