Mary Goes First

17 December 2008 — 31 January 2009

Political shenanigans as an election approaches, honours for sale, local councillors and putuative MPs changing parties from Conservative to Liberal and back again and even fear of a minimum wage all feature in this delightful 1913 comedy.

Mary Whichello, the leader of society in a middle sized manufacturing town, is distinctly put out when her husband's main rival Thomas Bodsworth is knighted for his services to the local community. Drastic measures are required.

A dinner party at the home of a young solicitor, anxious to make his way and marry Mary's sisters, provides an ideal opportunity, especially when Lady Bodsworth presents such a sitting target.

The events of the night disrupt the whole of Warkinstall for months and years to come and even reverberate to Westminster.