Cherie - My Struggle

An intimate, gossipy memoir recounting Cherie’s amazing journey from an obscure Liverpool convent to the epicentre of power in Downing Street. She witnessed all the chief controversies of Tony Blair’s premiership and she delivers her private reflections on well-known figures such as Alistair Campbell, the Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Carole Caplin, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Gordon Brown and her dad, the soap star, Tony Booth.

The Creatives

Mary Ryder - Performer

Mary’s varied career encompasses soaps to Shakespeare, Godber to Pinter, Wycherley to Ayckbourn. She has never played a PM’s wife before, but she has been more than one queen: Elizabeth I on television (Historyonics, BBC) and Lady Macbeth for the English Shakespeare Company. And she once played a king! (Odysseus in Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy) Other theatre credits include The Governess for Bill Kenwright, Relatively Speaking and Twelfth Night (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds) The Norman Conquests (Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep and tour), September in the Rain (Esk Valley Theatre), Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (ESC) and A Kind of Alaska (Two’s Company). Recent TV work includes Hollyoaks and EastEnders, as well as numerous appearances over the years in Emmerdale and Doctors.

Mary is delighted to be bringing the premiere of Cherie - My Struggle to the Edinburgh Fringe, where this will be her third appearance.

David Verrey - Director

David has been appearing on stage and screen in a continuing acting career of more than thirty years. A few of his tv credits include Doctor Who, The Long Song, Holby City, The Game, Musketeers, Little Dorrit, Ripper Street, Judge John Deed, Red Dwarf, Garrow’s Law (BBC); Diamond Geezer, Law and Order, Ultimate Force (ITV); Game of Thrones (HBO); Masterworks (Fox); The Fear (C4); Family Affairs, Lexx (C5).

On stage, David has appeared several times at the National Theatre, at the RSC, The Bush, The Orange Tree, Contact, Theatre 503 and Chichester Festival Theatre, amongst many others.

Films include Attack on Leningrad, Sixty-Six, Secret Weapon, The Secret Garden, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

His forays into directing have included Macbeth (ESC); Dead (EdFringe); Bread ‘n’ Butter Guns, Trailer/Trash (Hen and Chickens); The 1985 Show (Odyssey Theatre & EdFringe); Shrivings (Nuffield Studio & EdFringe); Lone Star (Barbican Pit).

Cherie - My Struggle is David’s sixth visit in all to the Fringe as performer or director.

Lloyd Evans - Writer

Lloyd Evans is a dramatist, critic and parliamentary sketch-writer. He co-wrote the award-winning play, ‘Who’s the Daddy?’ (Best New Comedy, Whatsonstage, 2005). His acclaimed one-man show, ‘A History Of Feminism As Told By A Sexist Pig’, featured at Edinburgh fringe in 2015 and has since become a YouTube hit. ‘Cherie – My Struggle’ is a gossipy, intimate memoir recounting Cherie Blair’s experience of the New Labour years.



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