BY DAVID CHARLES MANNERS
Twenty years after Margaret Chute was first seduced by Hollywood in 1926, her conscience has stopped her sleeping. Another cocktail might help. But can she muster the courage to finally expose the truth and admit her guilt – whatever the price?
A monologue written and designed by David Charles Manners, based on the true story of his grandmother’s cousin, Hollywood’s first freelance journalist and a pioneering photographer. Picture Perfect premiered in July 2021 at The Stables Theatre, Hastings, featuring the highly-acclaimed Liza Sadovy directed by Tony Graham, produced by BallyBest Productions in association with Beckman Unicorn.
This is really lovely stuff […] I do wish you luck with it because I think it’s great. What an amazing relative to have.
Dame HARRIET WALTER
I love the script and hope so much you can take it as far as possible. I hope too that you have managed in all respects to keep your head above water this last year. Picture Perfect will be a wonderful way to emerge.
Dame PATRICIA HODGE
Margaret Chute is a fascinating character.
I hope she is given her rightful place in the History of Hollywood.
MARIA COOPER JANIS, daughter of GARY COOPER
Margaret Chute with Gary Cooper