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Bickerton and Faddiley to host play about TV and film comedy legend

Becoming Hattie can be seen at Cheshire venues on May 6-7

Ashley Christmas stars as Hattie Jacques in Becoming Hattie

A new one-woman play, based on the life of legendary comedy actress Hattie Jacques, will travel to two Cheshire village halls in May.

Becoming Hattie from Proteus Theatre Company will travel to The Goodwill Hall in Faddiley on Friday, May 6 at 7.30pm, followed by Bickerton Village Hall on Saturday, May 7 at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 15 and above, are available directly from the venues. To book for the Faddiley show, the number to call is 01270 524441, and the number for the Bickerton show is 01829 782 348.

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Becoming Hattie is a thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic one-woman show that takes an affectionate look at the life and career of Hattie Jacques and a witty, caustic look at modern life in show business and its cultural attitudes toward larger women.

It’s 1974 and eight-year-old Jo is idly watching the telly when the BBC TV comedy show Sykes comes on. There, on the screen, is a woman unlike anyone else – that woman is Hattie Jacques.

Forty years on and Jo has followed in Hattie’s footsteps; she too is an actress. But why is she cast as the nurse, never the surgeon? And why is she too fat to play Lady Macbeth?

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The play has been written by Maihri Grealis and stars actress Ashley Christmas.

Grealis said: “I was immediately intrigued by the idea of looking not only at the wonderful Hattie Jacques but what it means to be a woman in the acting industry today.

“If you look at what we see on our TVs, in our cinemas and on our stages, it’s clear that there is an issue that needs to be addressed: there are few women of size, playing parts that they should have no barrier to playing. I hope that this piece will entertain, above all, but also offer an insight into an issue which, for the sake of us all, we should take a long hard look at.”

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Proteus Theatre are an award winning theatre company, formed in 1981 and based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. They have a long history of creating quality work, producing a programme of events that serves audiences locally, nationally and, since 2009, internationally.

The show forms part of Cheshire Rural Touring Arts’ (CRTA) spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

For any enquiries about the show please contact CRTA by either emailing henrysmith@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or calling 01244 972835.

The full CRTA spring season can be found at www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

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