Hannah Glasse was considered the Mary Berry of the 1700s.

Born in Hexham in 1708, many consider her the first domestic goddess and she famously wrote the first popular cook book, The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy.

However, she was not the only talented cook of her time and her arch rival, Ann Cook, who also hailed from Hexham, and the two were embroiled in an ongoing feud to assert their dominance.

Morpeth-based performing arts company November Club is bringing their story back to the town when it performs its latest production Foods and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham at the Queen’s Hall cafe on Tuesday, May 21.

In a play written by Fiona Ellis, the life of Hannah Glasse is delved into in detail, with the rivalry with Ann running throughout.

Katy Taylor, artistic director at the Queen’s Hall, said, “We are thrilled to be working with November Club to bring this forgotten story to life.

“This work in progress will use the cafe in the Queen’s Hall which will give the audience a unique experience as the performers move between the tables. Regional voices are important within our community and it is time we learned about this feisty Hexham writer and rethink the history of the women of the North-East.”