A Passionate Woman


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Written by: Kay Mellor
Directed by: Paul Milton

Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Yes Honestly) plays Betty, a passionate, doting mum who finds it hard to accept that her son is leaving home to get married.

On the morning of her son’s wedding, Betty retreats to her attic where she relives her long-lost youth and the love affair she had in the 1960′s. Surrounded by her memories and ghosts from her past Betty finds herself torn between a husband she never loved, a son about to leave and the man she shared a passionate affair with.

Liza Goddard is joined by Antony Eden, Hasan Dixon and Russell Dixon.

A Passionate Woman cast Malvern Theatres Liza Goddard Antony Eden Hasan Dixon Russell Dixon 2017

4.5★ “Blending nostalgia, romance and comedy, A Passionate Woman triumphed in its humorous but honest portrayal of ageing, family ties and regrets – with twists, turns and laugh-out-loud surprises along the way.” So Glos

4★ “A fiercely well-performed play that captures the pathos and humour of marriage and children, all within the pleasant framework of having a natter in the attic.” StageTalk Magazine

4★ “Elegantly designed, thoughtfully directed and beautifully constructed comedy drama” The Stage

“the acting took centre stage, allowing simple storytelling to powerfully capture the true to life issues” Olivia Scull

“Writer Kay Mellor based her 1992 play on her own mother’s confession of an extra-marital affair, but the joy of the piece is in its glorious, Yorkshire, Ayckbournesque, downbeat observations on life in general.” British Theatre Guide

Kay Mellor’s (In the Club, Band of Gold) romantic comedy opens at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham prior to a national tour to Exeter, Malvern, Guildford, Sheffield, Northampton and Leeds.



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4 Comments

  • robert
    March 29, 2017

    Very amusing but rather too brief finishing at 9.05 pm

    4
  • Liz
    March 29, 2017

    A very enjoyable production! Just wish the old chap along the row from me had switched his mobile off. It rang at exactly the wrong moment in the play. Luckily, the actors waited patiently whilst he eventually turned it off. Spoiled the pathos though – shame!

    5
  • Alison
    March 29, 2017

    Lovely, funny about life. Short but sweet

    5
  • www.choiceradio.org.uk
    March 30, 2017

    It’s an hour before Mark’s wedding but unfortunately that is the moment that mum Betty decides to start rifling through the contents of their loft. The reasons soon become clear in this relatively short and bittersweet comedy from Kay Mellor which was first staged in 1992 in Leeds where it is based. For Betty, played by Liza Goddard is – or a least was – A Passionate Woman. And she has a secret – an affair which she had many years ago with a Polish guy called Craze a few months before the birth of Mark…

    Craze appears in the loft – visible to her, amusingly invisible to Mark – as the secret unravels and her reason for not wanting her son to leave the family home becomes clear. But the son is not the only family member impacted – husband Donald has found himself isolated from Betty in favour of his son over the course of their marriage

    Whilst this may not sound like the basis of a comedy – and indeed is based on a relationship Mellor’s own mother had whilst married – it is none the less very funny, especially when the set revolves and the action takes place on the roof of the house and a rescue operation begins…

    Liza Goddard is always a joy to watch, here playing a mother who wonders what could have been as her son prepares to finally leave in his late 30s to start his new future and is ably assisted by Antony Eden as her son, Russell Dixon as her husband and Hasan Dixon as her past fling. Emma Nairne-Thomas also makes an incredibly short appearance as the bride-to-be

    The cast take their bow from the roof of the house, which must be a first!

    So what secrets lie hidden in your loft…?

    5