A fascinating new one-woman play about a former American First Lady is heading for Neston.
Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London, from Wiltshire based Hint of Lime Productions, will visit Neston Town Hall on Friday October 28 at 7.30pm.
In October 1942 Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London to visit US troops and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping.
In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of final catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey from bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace to midnight factories.
She also recalls her life from unhappy child to unconventional wife, to becoming, in President Truman’s words, ‘First Lady of the World’.
Granted special permission to use Eleanor’s writings, writer and performer Alison Skilbeck’s new one-woman show explores the public and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.
Speaking ahead of the show she said: “I am very much looking forward to bringing Mrs Roosevelt to Cheshire where she actually stayed at a private house, ‘a secret location’, as part of her whistle-stop wartime tour of the UK to see what British women were doing.”
She also visited American troops, ‘her boys’ and Alison’s show tells her life story in flashback.
Tickets for the performance. which is suitable for ages 14 and above, are available directly from 0151 353 1928.
The play forms part of Cheshire Rural Touring Arts autumn season of touring taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.
The project provides theatre, dance, music and children’s shows and is one of 33 rural touring schemes across the UK.