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Seeking tales of Tessie O'Shea

Playwright Alan Wightman from Newport is appealing for help in his plans to write a one-woman show about variety star Tessie O'Shea.

Born in Cardiff in 1913, Tessie was a larger than life banjo-playing star of stage and screen, making fun of her weight with songs such as Two Ton Tessie and Nobody Loves a Fat Girl.

Alan told Roy Noble on BBC Radio Wales that he's found a young actress ideal for the role of Tessie and is keen to write a show about her life.

If you have any memories to share about Tessie O'Shea please email


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