There are many different ways to tell someone’s life story and “Betty,” a play coming to Harrogate Theatre on April 7th is extraordinary.
Created by a member of her family Actor Louise Henry woke one morning having had a powerful dream. It was of a old lady living alone.
When she sat back and thought about what it meant, she was reminded of her great-grandmother, Betty Kitching.
Betty was like many women in their heyday; vibrant, loving and full of life.
She was married, happily living on the Yorkshire coastline in Hornsea, a mother and working at Hull’s the House of Mirelle.
As she aged her memory started failing, living her twilight years in a very different way from before.
Exploring Betty the woman
The one-woman show is a journey of life, love and loss.
Told in a mixture of mask work, mime and puppetry, her great-granddaughter Louise Henry takes the story of “Betty” to the Yorkshire audience for the first time.
Louise was inspired by a vivid dream. She developed “Betty” through a series of interviews with her grandmother, Betty’s daughter, uncovering the many layers of Betty’s life.
She says: “Lots of other interesting things became apparent; the mother daughter relationships in my family, her love life, the losses, the decisions, an array of things that any human can connect with.”
“I explore innovative ways of telling stories, with as few words as possible so that the work is accessible to a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. That’s why I work with a mask and a puppet in this show.”
‘Betty’ is a poignant tale from across the generations, universal and resonant for all.
Reviews have been fantastic for this very personal performance
A ‘gently uplifting play.’ the Manchester Theatre Awards
‘Fly In Your Soup Theatre have done a good job of creating a piece of theatre exploring the unseen undercurrents of drama, the choices and decisions that shape our lives.’ The Reviews Hub.
Get tickets here
This is the first performance in Yorkshire and is on for one night only on Saturday 7th April. 7:45 p.m.
Tickets £10.00, full price, £8.00 concessions from the Box Office / online:
Enjoy getting to know Betty!