Arts Alive’s dedication to top quality theatre continues this festive season with acclaimed playwright Alison Neil and her solo performance Mrs Beeton, My Sister.

Mrs Beeton, a fat old cook? Far from it.... but she was a real person. Many years after Isabella Beeton’s untimely death at the age of 29, Bessie Mayson muses on the extraordinary life of her famous big sister. Her parents disapproved of their eldest daughter’s lifestyle. But were they right? Thirty years on, Bessie is not so sure… Alison Neil provides a lively retelling of the entertaining and moving story of Mrs Beeton’s surprising life and how she came to write the world-famous “Book of Household Management”.

Mrs Beeton, My Sister has delighted adults and children aged 12+ all over the UK:

"Lively, humorous and engaging...not to be missed! Pewsey Heritage Centre

Alison Neil brings Mrs Beeton to life at Brilley Village Hall (01544 327227) at 7.30pm on Friday, December 8 and at SpArC Theatreon Saturday, December 9. To book, call 01588 630321/ 638038 or visit