THE JUST-WILLIAM LADY

ALISONNEIL.CO.UK One-Woman Shows

The Just William Lady

Written and performed by Alison Neil

Directed by David Collison

 

This lively and affectionate play celebrates Richmal Crompton, who wrote the much-loved William books (there are thirty-nine of them), as well as many other short stories and articles, and forty published novels!

 

Born in Queen Victoria's reign, she witnessed two World Wars and was still writing as space rockets circled the earth. She was a Suffragist, a Classics mistress, and later a prominent London literary figure. Crippled with polio as a young woman, she turned personal tragedy into lasting success.

 

Richmal Crompton was a much-loved Aunt at the centre of a large and eccentric family; there was the brother who ran away to Africa, the grandfather who drank acid, the nephew and niece who were kidnapped, and the mother who saved Richmal's life. There was also Tommy…Richmal's nephew and the real-life inspiration for William Brown.

 

"The play is really excellent. Even though of course I knew the story, I found it rivetting"

MARGARET DISHER, RICHMAL CROMPTON'S ELDEST NIECE.

 

FULL VERSION

ACT ONE Running time: 52 minutes

Interval

ACT TWO Running time: 52 minutes

 

ONE HOUR VERSION

Edited play with short break, but NO interval. Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

 

"SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE OF THEATRE" BORDON HERALD

 

“A compelling, witty – and often moving – portrayal of his brave and likeable figure” OXFORD TIMES

 

“An outstanding play…the quality of the writing and acting are second to none” BORDON HERALD

 

“Heartwarming…a charming tale” THE STAGE

 

“She’s so good it seems impossible she isn’t the real thing” SOUTHEND EVENING ECHO

 

"Beautifully presented and very professionally acted...splendidly entertaining...it delighted all" TENBY OBSERVER

 

“Her superb one-woman show….you don't even need to have read a William book to enjoy two hours in the company of this mesmerically gifted actress" SOUTHEND EVENING ECHO

 

"Moving the audience to laughter and tears in equal measure" SEVENOAKS CHRONICLE

 

“Superbly crafted play… A captivating performance.” TENBY OBSERVER

 

“Fascinating and highly enjoyable. You leave the theatre feeling you have seen a cast of many" SEVENOAKS CHRONICLE

 

"Slickly directed...this amusing and engaging story was substantial in content, gripping onlookers throughout"

THE STAGE

 

 

"JUST BRILLIANT" LEICESTER MERCURY

 

"JUST WONDERFUL" WARMINSTER JOURNAL

 

"JUST PERFECT" BORDON HERALD

 

 

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