Bette & Joan
by Anton Burge
18 - 25 February 2023, 7.30pm
Arch-rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are making a movie.
Let the battle commence!
Bette & Joan depicts the two stars, in adjacent dressing rooms, between takes on the set of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane‘. While Joan manages her anxiety by lacing her Pepsi with vodka and signing photographs for her beloved fans, Bette chain smokes and muses on her love life, and her ability to pick a decent script, never a decent man.
Behind the bitching and the practical jokes we see each woman’s insecurities and regrets, and their rivalry is revealed to be underpinned by grudging respect as they attempt to identify their new roles in life as well as in their careers.
Directed by Melvyn Bates
Featuring cast of two divas: Rachel Harrison and Tracey Rontree
Our Sunday 19th February Charity Performance is in aid of Delph Community Association (tickets from Janet Curwell email@example.com) and Hog Manor (a small self-funded hedgehog rescue in Delph – select ‘Hog Manor Charity Night’ from the TicketSource booking page‘.
Please note: contains strong language and smoking of cigarettes.
Bette Davies… Rachel Harrison
Joan Crawford… Tracey Rontree
Director… Melvyn Bates
Stage Manager… Verity Mann
Props… Liz O’Driskell
Costumes… The costume team
Set… Chris Balantyne, Verity Mann, Lee Donnelly Andrew Wilson