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Upcoming Productions

The Playhouse Theatre Company and Alison Neil

Mrs Baker’s Company
or, A Tale of Rogues and Vagabonds

Sunday 03 Mar 2024

Performance Time:
Sunday Matinee 14:30

Box Office:
John 0117 963 3586; Jon 0797 422 3081

Online tickets available from our shop: Backwell Playhouse Ticket Shop

£12 (£10 Members)

A one-act play, followed by a Q&A
Written and performed by Alison Neil
Directed by David Collison

Mrs Sarah Baker shone brightly as a theatre manager at the beginning of the 1800s.
Starting as a child in her family’s troupe at the famous Sadlers Wells pleasure gardens, she never learnt to read, but she could dance on a rope. Her family toured the country as entertainers, classed as ’rogues and vagabonds’ who could be run out of town or imprisoned at the whim of a local magistrate or mayor.

Sarah Baker later formed her own company. Cheerfully optimistic, she fought to gain respectability - against almost impossible odds. Her story reveals a precarious world of make-believe and slapstick, mixing with the highest and the lowest, providing a touch of magic wherever the wagons stopped and the show began.

Alison Neil’s one-woman plays have been entertaining audiences around the country for years. This is another inspiring and rivetting tale, and as Mrs Baker herself would say, shows what you can do with just three things: good health, good luck, hard work and some very good friends...She couldn’t add up, either.

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