‘Grand Old Lady’ depicts life of Braddock and actor’s interpretation wins plaudits
At a performance of The Grand Old Lady last night at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn, the actor portraying Bessie Braddock is reported to have referred to UK Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer as “Keith” and further added,
that’s one right shit house, that!
‘Bessie’s ad libs berating Labour’s ‘leader’ and his regime are apparently becoming a regular theme on the tour, much to the delight of theatre goers in Liverpool and the Mersey Region. In character, she went on to say, “the Labour Party is finished!”
Bessie Braddock served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Liverpool Exchange division from 1945 to 1970 for Labour, now the Liverpool Riverside constituency frequently smeared by the Labour right.
The Grand Old Lady is written by Kenny O’Connell and the cast includes Jake Abraham and Speedo Mick.
Set inside the 1787-built Everton Lock-Up, two Evertonians have barricaded themselves inside in the hope of finding the lost gold of ‘Prince Rupert’. Their aim is to turn Goodison into a super stadium and thwart the club’s move to Bramley Moore, only to discover they are the only two fans who want to stay.
Inside the Tower, they stumble across a secret tunnel and unwittingly release the ghosts of Everton’s past: Dixie Dean, Molly Bushell, Prince Rupert, Maggie Magee and Bessie Braddock. Each spirit takes them on a historical journey where they discover the true meaning of being an Evertonian and the rich history that lies inside the heart of Everton’s badge.
The show’s popularity has resulted in an extra date being arranged. Tickets, where available, can be found at the links below in theatres in Liverpool, Wirral and Southport:
Wed 18th May – https://gladstonetheatre.org.uk/events/the-grand-old-lady/
Fri 20th May – https://www.epsteintheatre.co.uk/events/the-grand-old-lady/
Extra Date – Wed 25th May – https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/everton-2022/
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