ALISONNEIL.CO.UK One-Woman Shows
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…
• High quality theatre, lavish costumes, lasting ONE HOUR.
• Performance space: 3m x 3m (or more)
• Set-up 2 hours Get-out 1 hour
• SUITABLE for libraries, museums, art gallery spaces, W.I.s, clubs and societies.
"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 ".
"...a wonderfully entertaining and informative evening which everyone enjoyed enormously.
"Apart from the actual performance, I was impressed by your organisation and meticulous attention to detail... the advertising material, a lovely programme, and the set was most effective. "
Elaine Gale, St Pauls Church House, Sketty
"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
"I would just like to say a big thank you for a very entertaining performance. It was a lovely evening - and a sell-out audience!"
TENBY ARTS FESTIVAL - organiser
"You have a captive audience here wanting more! We all enjoyed your show very much. I sat there watching very jealously wishing that I had some of your expertise! Of course, without the years of training, the dedication and experience that you have, such thoughts should not enter my mind!
BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE - organiser
"My wife and I came to your show at Greatham and loved it. The way you brought her and her family to life was brilliant."
AUDIENCE EMAIL: GREATHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE
"Just to say how I enjoyed the evening at Backwell. I learnt so much about the Beetons and life then. " BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE - audience member
"Just a quick note to say again how much we enjoyed Mrs Beeton's sister last week. Many congratulations to Alison for bringing her to life!"
BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE - audience member
"Thank you so much for your splendid performance in Mrs Beeton, My Sister. It was a great play from which I learned so much. The hour went quickly and in that time I was totally engrossed. Well done."
EPSOM PLAYHOUSE - audience member
"Your performance here was very well received – we have had such lovely feedback….. Thank you so much!"
ALLENDALE HOUSE, DORSET - organiser
"Thank you for making our day very special"
HERTFORDSHIRE FEDERATION OF WI's