'Becoming Hattie'

It's 1974 and 8 year old Jo is snuggled up on the settee in her flammable polyester nightie, watching the family’s first colour TV. ‘Sykes’ is on and there, on the screen, is a woman unlike anyone Jo has ever seen. That woman is Hattie Jacques! Forty years on and Jo is walking in the footsteps of her idol. Despite the uncertainty and the periods of unemployment, Jo is an actress. But why does she only get cast as the nurse, never the surgeon? Why is she always the council estate mum in Casualty with the dodgy kid and the high pony tail? Why is she too fat to play Lady Macbeth? Can Hattie help Jo find the answers to this modern mystery? Could it be that nothing has changed for women like Jo since Hattie did Carry On? Thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic, this one-woman show takes an affectionate look at the life and career of a remarkable woman and a witty, caustic examination of modern day show business and its cultural attitudes toward larger women. A world where Simon Russell Beale can play an XXL Hamlet, but lead roles are non-existent for larger actresses.


"The best of British theatre from Basingstoke" The Independent

“This powerfully moving one-woman show is one of the highlights of the Fringe Festival. Seriously, don’t miss it.” Scottish Daily Record on 12.10.15 (Edinbugh Festival 2015) "A thought-provoking, engrossing one-woman play...a powerful moral debate" The Stage on 12.10.15 (Edinburgh Festival 2015)

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Show Details
Title: 'Becoming Hattie'
Artist: Proteus Theatre Company
Full Cost of Show: £700
Target Audience: Suitable for ages 15 years+. With its modern take on show business and its cultural attitudes towards women, this comedy is designed to have broad audience appeal. It will have particular appeal to those who remember Hattie Jacques from the Carry On Films and TV sitcoms such as Sykes.
Special Consideration: £700 based on 2 consecutive shows including publicity and accommodation, £800 for one show.
Dates Available: Touring from Mon 7th March 2016 to Sat 28th May 2016. Dates are booking up but there is still good availability. We would ideally be looking to secure two consecutive dates.
Running Time: 2 hours including interval
Interval: 15-20 minutes (up to the venue)
Get In Required: 4 hour get in
Get Out Required: 1.5 hour get out
Performance Space Required: 5m x 5m x 2.5m
Seating Layout: Front on seating with central or side aisle
Number of People on Tour: 2 - one performer and one production manager