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“I belong To You”
“Mrs Beeton Says”
Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer
Book by Helen Watts
Directed by Paul Clarkson
Musical Director Pamela Rudge
Designed by Bronia Housman
‘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 1859. She could not have predicted how they would resonate with women of all classes up and down the country, 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 vibrant new 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. Far more than just a cookbook, it was a manual for life; and as the wheels of British industry span faster than ever before, it became a lifeline for every maid and wife and mother trying to hold her ground in an ever-changing age.
Mrs Beeton Says… is an original musical commission by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Writers Eamonn O’Dwyer (music & lyrics) and Helen Watts (book) first began to develop the piece with BOVTS students in 2017, and are thrilled to be returning to Bristol for a full production at the Redgrave Theatre, directed by Olivier Award-winner Paul Clarkson, with musical direction by Pamela Rudge, and design by Bronia Housman.
Eamonn O’Dwyer is an award-winning composer and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Recent commissions include The Comedy of Errors (RSC), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (NYMT), Flesh & Bone (NT Studio), Hansel & Gretel (Rose Theatre Kingston), Peter Pan & Grimm Tales (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Helen Watts is a mother of two, who would definitely not win any awards for household management. In her spare time she is a director and writer specialising in adaptation. Credits include Love Is Not A Science (RCSSD), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (NYMT) and various adaptations for The Dorset Corset Theatre Company.
Recommended age: 12yrs+
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Music & Lyrics Eamonn O’Dwyer
Book Helen Watts
Director Paul Clarkson
Set & Costume Designer Bronia Housman
Musical Director & Singing Coach Pamela Rudge
Violin Wendhy Sierra
Cello Christine Johnstone
Keyboard Pamela Rudge
Lighting Designer Joe Stathers
Sound Designer Evie Nichols
Production Electrician Chris Horseman
Choreographer Clare Fox
Voice Coach Carol Fairlamb
Dialect Coach James Gitsham
Assistant Director Sara Malik
Production Manager Jon Sherwood
Stage Management Production Supervisor Alix Abram
Stage Manager Eve Kershaw
Deputy Stage Manager James Goldsworthy
Assistant Stage Managers Rosie Tredray, Charlotte Woolley
Lighting Operator Jack Tosney
Follow Spot Operators Raisa Daya, Hattie Wheeler
Sound Operators Daniel Davies, Antonia Howlett
Construction Manager Andy Scrivens
Senior Construction Assistant Ambra Fuller
Shop Floor Manage Harriet Hollinshead-Lee
Construction Assistants Maya Barker, Daniel Davies, Lee, Jack Tosney, Rosie Tredray, Oliver Wareham, Charlotte Woolley
Scenic Artists Emma Inge, Julie O’Conner, Radhika Parekh, Daisy Tomlin
Costume Supervisor Janie Powell
Principal Costume Makers Tamara Pearce Higgins, Jemima Homer, Lotte Marsh, Ben Mayes
Costume Assistants Amber Bowerman, Isabel Cope, Madi Barnicoat
Production Props Hebe Perry
Production photos Craig Fuller
Rehearsal photos Kate Rogers
Special thanks to: The staff at the Redgrave Theatre; Slice Studio.