The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

by Debbie Issit

directed by Steve Cosier

Performed at the

Maskers' Studio Theatre


11th to 16th May 2009

Cookery, carnal embrace, chauvinism and cannibalism are the name of the game in Debbie Issit’s spicy take on the love triangle scenario. After twenty years of marriage Kenneth and Hilary now find themselves apart. Kenneth has taken up with another woman, Laura, who is everything Hilary is not - young, slim, attractive and a vibrant free spirit. Increasing suspicions and a web of deceit soon force Kenneth to Leave Hilary. There’s only one problem…Laura can’t cook. Time passes and Kenneth laments the loss of ‘Sunday roasts and haute cuisine, and the comforts of the settled life’. A sudden invitation from the ex is readily accepted but little does Kenneth know what lies in store…

Director's Notes

My first introduction to The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband was during a rather rushed coffee break at school. A spare copy of the play had been left amongst a pile of discarded papers, curiosity got the better of me and low and behold six months later I find myself presenting the play to you.

This play is unique because it tackles two of Britain's favourite obsessions; food and sex. It shows in a personal way, through the characters interaction on stage, how food and sex are a large part of our psyche.

In the context of the play these elements become a dangerous combination both physically and mentally. The characters explore the way that obsession with food and sex can lead to the ultimate sacrifice! This is a mix of 'fatal attraction' meets Hell's Kitchen'!

This play has been a team effort from start to finish, and my sincere thanks go to all those who have assisted me and to my wife, Sandra, for all her support.

Steve Cosier (Director)

The Ensemble
Hilary Philippa Burt
Laura Susannah Lawther
Kenneth Steve Cosier
For the Maskers
Production Manager Carl Read
Sound James Cosier
(Technical Guidance - Jamie McCarthy)
Lighting Lisa Calder
(Technical Guidance - Clive Weeks)
Properties Adam Taussik
Prompt Harry Tuffill
Publicity and Programme Anja McCloskey
Box Office Christine Baker
Marketing Angela Stansbridge
Printing Geoff Wharam
Photography Clive Weeks


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