The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge will present a one woman play called Mrs. Roosevelt Flies to London on Friday, May 16 at 8pm.
In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping.
In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of final catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey, from bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace to midnight factories. She also recalls her life, from unhappy child, to unconventional wife, to becoming, in President Truman’s words ‘First Lady of the World’.
Alison Skilbeck’s who plays the lead has had along and busy career that includes London’s West End and Fringe, theatre all over the UK, and many tours of Europe, the US.