A GRANDMOTHER from South Cheshire has finally fulfilled her dream of starring on Broadway.
Margaret Boschi, 73, who lives at Moorfields in Willaston, got her big break in show business in a four-show stint which ended yesterday in an award-winning show as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Margaret, who first took to the stage as an eight-year-old, was the star in A Family of Women as a wheelchair-bound mother of four daughters set in 1950s London.
The five-strong cast, also made up of Nantwich Players Virginia Meir from Alsager, Helen Gresty from Wimboldsley, Alison Townsend of Alsager, and Warrington woman Wendy Lawtence-James, performed the drama at the Access Theatre on Broadway.
The play was written by up-andcoming Sandbach playwright and director Karlton Parris, and was chosen from more than 200 plays to be showcased for the festival after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Mother-of-three Margaret said: 'Two years ago I was performing in a tiny play in front of an audience of 20 in Nantwich and now I have stepped out in front of hundreds on Broadway.
'It is a fairy tale. When I left school I had dreams of being a famous actress but there weren't the opportunities you get now to go to drama school and progress.
'The fact that it has taken me so long to reach this stage makes it all the more special.' Nantwich Players spokesman John Brough said: 'We are absolutely delighted for Margaret. It is a wonderful achievement. It is amazing for her to be involved on such a big stage.
'When Karlton asked her to be a part of the play, he asked if she would like to go to the Fringe and she thought it was in Edinburgh, before he said 'No, I mean New York!' Of course, she didn't say 'No.'
Paul Abbott, also of Nantwich Players, added: 'This is wonderful for the Nantwich Players and for Margaret.
'It is every actor or actress's dream to get this far and Margaret, along with the other Nantwich Players on show, deserves a big pat on the back.' The force behind play presenter Skint Productions, Karlton said: 'The play is essentially about the fragile threads that unite a family, the often complex and frightening reality of belonging, not out of choice, but because of birth.
'It allows audiences to witness a time when a nation was slowly learning to live again back in London in 1950.'