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Mrs Beeton Says...

Full-Length Musical  /  5f, 3m

Book by Helen Watts/Music and lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer

A new musical based on the life and times of Isabella BeetonA new musical based on the life and times of Isabella Beeton.

Mrs Beeton Says...is a charming and vibrant musical examining the life and legacy of this extraordinary woman: a spirited journalist, a tireless entrepreneur, and if not a perfect homemaker, then certainly a queen of organization.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography
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Mrs Beeton Says...

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Summary

'As with the commander of an army, so is it with the mistress of a house.' Isabella Beeton was only 23 years old when she penned these words in "Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management", first published in 1861. She could not have predicted how they would resonate with the women of England, nor could she have imagined how her name would become synonymous with culinary expertise and domestic bliss for generations to come.

Mrs Beeton Says...is a charming and vibrant musical examining the life and legacy of this extraordinary woman: a spirited journalist, a tireless entrepreneur, and if not a perfect homemaker, then certainly a queen of organization. In a world where a woman could not vote, own a house, nor even ride a bicycle, Mrs Beeton’s book gave the women of England something they desperately wanted: a bit of control.

History
First performed at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 6 December 2018, by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
ISABELLA (BELLA) BEETON – (f, 20s) A bright and ambitious young woman
SAM BEETON – (m, 20–30s) Her husband, an entrepreneurial publisher
BESSIE – Isabella’s sister (20)
ESTHER – Isabella’s sister (18)
COMMENTATOR – (m, any age)
MYRA BROWNE – (f, 20s) A middle-class Clapham housewife
ALICE – (f, 18) A West Country maid
SARAH – (f, 20–40s) A Northern mother of eight
AMABEL – (f, 20–40s) A wealthy London society lady
FRED GREENWOOD – (m, 20–30s) Sam Beeton’s assistant
FABRIC WOMAN – (f, 30–60s)
ENTERTAINING WOMAN – (f, 20–30s)
CORSET MAN – (m, any age)
CUPID’S LETTER BAG WOMAN – (f, 20–40s)
BARKER – (m, 20s–60s) A side-show performer & social commentator
PETE JONES/CHARLIE BROWNE/LORD CADOGAN – (m, 20–40s)
PEGGY JONES – (f, any age)
SALLY VINE – (f, 20s)
GEORGE FREEMAN – (m 30–50s) A chauvinistic engraver
PROSTITUTE – (f, any age)
CALF’S FEET WOMAN – (f, any age)
TRIPE WOMAN – (f, any age)
SNIPES WOMAN – (f, any age)
HORSERADISH SAUCE WOMAN – (f, any age)
RABBIT STEW MAN – (m, any age)
SYLLABUB WOMAN – (f, any age)
ENGLISH TOURISTS – (any ages)
FRENCH SHOP ASSISTANT – (f, any age)
GERMAN WOMAN – (f, any age)
DOCTOR – (m, any age)
BUTCHER – (m, any age)
JUDGE – (m, 30–60’s)
  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission

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Eamonn O'Dwyer

Eamonn is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and has worked as a musician, composer and sound designer in theatres all over the world. He has written original music for Mrs Beeton Says...(Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow(National Youth Musi ...
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Helen Watts

Helen trained at Italia Conti on the BA Acting (Hons) course.After a few years of working as an actress Helen moved to writing and directing, with a particular interest in 19th century classic literature. Adaptations for stage include Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, N ...
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