November Club’s latest production Food and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham delves into the eventful life of Hannah Glasse, considered by many to be the first domestic goddess.

This imaginary time-travelling performance brings together Hannah Glasse and Ann Cook, her arch rival and fellow cookbook writer. And we have co-opted Isabella Beeton for good measure. November Club celebrates all of these strong, opinionated and underrated women for what they achieved in inhospitable times and recognises them for the pioneering characters they were.
But who will play these strong, feisty women? Let us introduce you to the cast…

Janine Birkett plays Hannah Glasse.

Janine began her career touring village venues nationally with Northumberland Theatre Company and was then a founding member of the Northern Stage Ensemble. During this period, she had a regular role in the popular children’s TV series Byker Grove, as well as playing Jenny, Billy Elliot’s mother, in the eponymous film.

Since then Janine has appeared in many of TV’s most watched series, most recently Vera, but also including: Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Holby City and Hollyoaks. Her theatre credits include: All My Sons, April in Paris, The Railway Children, Vincent in Brixton, She Stoops to Conquer, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Shepherd’s Life; Staying Here, My Uncle Freddie, Get Up and Tie Your Fingers; Animal Farm, A Clockwork Orange, Romeo and Juliet; To Kill A Mockingbird, The Snow Queen, Once a Catholic, A Fine Bright Day Today; A Christmas Carol and Blithe Spirit.

Janine played war correspondent Marie Colvin in the award-winning, 2019 documentary film, Escape From Homs; and her role as matriarch Nadine in the feature film, Beautiful In The Morning, won her a Best British Actress gong at the 2019 London International Motion Picture Awards.

Fans of Ann Cleeves’s Vera books may also recognise Janine’s voice, as she is the narrator of most of the audio versions of Ann’s work; and won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of the latest Vera novel, The Seagull.

Jacqueline Phillips plays Ann Cook

Jacqueline grew up in Peterlee in County Durham and became a member of the National Youth Theatre when she was 14 years old. Jacqueline studied Psychology at Goldsmith’s University in London and went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: Floorboards [Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle]; Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Tour 2018 with Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice and Taming of the Shrew; Butterfly - one woman show national tour [Little Cog and Stockton Arc]; The Man and his Donkey, Green Beans [Customs house, South Shields]; After Darwin [Vivid Theatre Co.]; First Draft [Live Theatre, Newcastle]; Double Act [York Theatre Royal]; Light in Westgate Street, Peer Gynt, Aristophanes’ The Birds, Young Ibsen [ThreeOverEden]; Macbeth, Richard III [Third Party National and European Tour]; They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast [Northern Stage]; An Ideal Husband, Candida, Dangerous Corner, How the Other Half Loves, Slicing Edge [Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich] Kafka’s Dick [Harrogate theatre]; Oleanna, Strippers [Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea].

Film includes: Verity’s Summer, The Gathering, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Man Who Knew Too Little.

Television includes: inspector George Gently, Vera, The Dumping Ground, Joe Maddison’s War, Emmerdale, Byker Grove, The Night Detective, Casualty, Picking up the Pieces, Sharman.
Radio includes: Home Front, Fearless.

Kathryn Beaumont plays Isabella Beeton

Kathryn lives in the North East and has always enjoyed performing, studying English Literature at the University of Cambridge followed by an MA in Theatre and Performance at Northumbria University. Kathryn has worked professionally from her early twenties and is particularly interested in companies that tell interesting stories about women.

Theatre includes: Rattle Snake [Open Clasp Theatre Co.], I Told You This Would Happen [ARC, Stockton], A Wondrous Place [Northern Spirt], Never Rains But It Pours [Theatre 503], How To Occupy and Oil Rig [Daniel Bye & Friends], Arabian Nights [The Faction Theatre Co], Whiff Whaff [Theatre Uncut, Kings Cross], Sunday Morning At The Centre Of The World [Comeback Kid], Madness in Valencia [Black and White Rainbow], The Golden Notebook [Black and White Rainbow], Home By Now [Live Theatre Academy], A Nightingale Sang in Eldon Square [Live Theatre].

Film includes: The Woman In The Wall [NFTS Short Film], The Woman Who Borrowed Memories [NFTS Short Film], Short and Shorter [Robert Tanitch Productions], The Exonerated [Rainton Meadow Corporate].
Television includes: Emmerdale.
Radio Includes: Homefront.

Pictured L to R: Janine Birkett, Kathryn Beaumont and Jacqueline Phillips.