Mrs Shaw Herself at Kensington Library

Thu Jun 13 2019 at 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Kensington Central Library, Lecture theatre - back of library, London, United Kingdom

Kensington Central Library, Lecture theatre - back of library, London, United Kingdom

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A one-woman show exploring the life of Charlotte Payne-Townshend.

Charlotte was an Irish heiress as well as a suffrage supporter, philanthropist and Fabian. She met and married the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw when they were both in their early forties and the marriage lasted until her death.

This hour-long show explores her life through her diary entries and letters as well as those of GB Shaw, Beatrice Webb, T.E. Lawrence and Mrs Patrick Campbell.

This most unconventional of Irish love stories is underscored by Celtic harp and lasts just under an hour


About the performers:

ALEXIS LEIGHTON (Actress) trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), where she played among others, the title role in St Joan by George Bernard Shaw.

She has appeared at The Citizens Theatre (She Stoops to Conquer, Little Red Riding Hood, Piaff); The Traverse (Burke and Hare), The Tron Theatre (Wallace, Troy) as well playing Elizabeth in Good for The Tron Theatre Company at The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Alexis played Elsie in Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth for Northampton Theatre Royal and performed her one-woman show Miss Margarida’s Way in theatres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Alexis played Lilly in Lilly and May at The Drill Hall and at The Kings Head, London. Alexis played the lead role Harriet in Key for Two performed at The English Speaking Theatre in Vienna.She played Mrs Banger in Press Cuttings by GBS for Michael Friend Productions at Pentameters in Hampstead. TV and film work include Taggart and Diagnosis for BBC Film.


HELEN TIERNEY (Musician) works in music education and community music with a special focus on dementia. An author of music resources for Rhinegold Education, she is also a co-founder of the arts engagement programme Music, Memories and Me and leads Ashford Place Community Choir.

She has sung with the BBC Symphony chorus in over 22 Proms seasons, and has also performed at Glastonbury, the Royal Variety Performance and the Edinburgh Festival.
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