Alison Neil: Mrs Beeton, My Sister
Award-winning playwright Alison Neil stars in a fascinating one-woman play as Bessie Mayson, the sister of Mrs Beeton.
She provides a lively and moving account of Mrs Beeton's extraordinary life...
Many years after Isabella Beeton's untimely death, Bessie Mayson muses on the fate 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...
"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
"Alison Neil is an actress of such consummate skill that an evening in her company is not to be missed."
– Yarcombe Voices
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