Thursday 19 Sept 7pm (doors open 6.30)
Meet Nancy de Garrs, servant, housekeeper and friend to the Brontës. From Thornton to Haworth she served them as cook, cleaner, nurse, nanny, storyteller; she shared their ups and downs, births and deaths.
In this one-woman show, find out about her life with the family; hear how Nancy kept in touch with them after she left, especially Patrick and Charlotte; how she helped to clear Patrick’s name of accusations by Mrs Gaskill. and how he cleared Nancy’s too. Discover how Nancy’s two marriages changed her fortunes; what led to her life at the workhouse and the journey of her Brontë ‘relics’; how she avoided a pauper’s funeral but ended up in an unmarked grave at Undercliffe Cemetery.
Nancy de Garrs : Serving the Brontës is written and performed by writer/actor Irene Lofthouse, Edinburgh Fringe 4* performer and is based on research by Irene and Steve Lightfoot.
The performance lasts an hour, followed by audience Q&A. Suitable for 12+
Ticket Price: £9 + small booking fee – includes a glass of wine or soft drink
Ticket only event – Please book through Eventbrite where there is a small booking fee to pay
T: 01274 642276 W: www.undercliffecemetery.co.uk
The Lodge is accessible, but please let us know in advance of any access needs.
Comments on Irene’s touring show ‘Words. Women & War’:
‘Superb & moving performance’ Gregg White, Deputy Business Manager, Yorkshire Post
‘I was transported. Fantastic.’ Grassington Festival
‘Bloody brilliant.’ Ilkley Literature Festival
‘That was marvellous. Why don’t we know about these women?’ Thank you.’ Saltaire Festival