Best Girl at The Dukes

Lancaster actor Christine Mackie has turned her childhood experience of losing her WWII veteran father to suicide into a powerful, one-woman show about reconciling with the past.


In an additional personal twist, Christine has written the semi-autobiographical Best Girl for her own daughter, actress Lois Mackie, to perform.


Having received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Greater Manchester Fringe Festivals in 2019, the play runs at The Dukes in Lancaster from April 9-11.


Best Girl is the Downton Abbey and Coronation Street star’s first play, and the process of reflecting on the impact on her father’s death allowed Christine to understand the effect upon her own life, including her role as a parent.


Christine said, “When I lost my dad, I lost the belief in myself as someone you’d stick around for and I’m really interested in how the children of veterans also suffer from the trauma of conflict.  That’s the starting point of my play, which is hopeful, funny and positive.”


For Lois, the show provided an exciting opportunity to develop the work alongside her mother and bring the finished article back to Lancaster, and, in particular, The Dukes, where an early preview of the show featured in a 2019 Scratch Night.


Lois says: “To be taking part in my first one-woman show is emotional and challenging in its self, but add to that the subject matter and family connection and we’ve got something really unique. I’m very proud of what we’ve made and so excited to perform it in my home town.”


Tickets are priced at £9 to see Best Girl at The Dukes. For more information and to book tickets, ring their box office on 01524 598500 or visit


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