“ Ada is absolutely compelling, complex and real! This Lady Thesp leaps off the page and stage with a brilliant turn of phrase and a fascinating life. Laugh out loud - and heartbreaking. ”
“ Cooke breathes life into historical facts, creating a charming narrator in Ada and skilfully capturing the highs and lows of life on the stage for a woman in the 1890s. ”
Cosima McGrath, The Big Issue
“ Kaz Cooke's sparkling exploration of the life of Ada Delroy carries an extra charge of realism and social comment ... Ada's memories are related in a monologue full of pain, vitality, affection and wit. ”
Folly Gleeson, The Newtown Review of Books
October 30, 2017
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October 30, 2017
It’s not every day a handsome young man appears on your front doorstep to ask if you’re a respectable woman.
Come in out of the terrible sunshine, and find somewhere to sit while I hoist myself back into bed. I’m in reduced circumstances, so you have a choice of the wooden chair from the scullery, the floor, or you can settle on the end of the coverlet near the window. I’m not infectious, I’m sure, but I shan’t take offence if you’d rather not sit close.
I shouldn’t be surprised at you bobbing up to investigate my suitability. I suppose you can’t permit just any old creature to be granted a charity cottage at the Old Colonists’ Homes for Desiccated Actors and Others of the Theatrical Profession. I’m more by way of being ‘Others’, myself, of course: a lady dancer, a comedian, and a comic singer. And as I’m sure your committee already knows, the head of my own travelling troupe. The Ada Delroy Company, lately extinct.Continue Reading