Fiona is about to begin shooting on feature film Passing Clouds http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4477860/
The story starts three months into the strike and centres on the fractured friendship between Rachel (Caroline Frewin) and Sue (Fiona Whitelaw, who also wrote the play). Sue’s husband is one of the striking miners while Rachel’s husband has chosen to cross the picket line. He is – to use that emotive word – a scab. And while that means Rachel can continue to buy fresh food in the supermarket, as opposed to the tinned goods hand-outs Sue's family relies on, she is an outcast to her friends. There is a lot of ‘them and us’, but through the lives of these women we begin to see some of the complexity behind frequently held black and white views.
'This is a warm, well-acted production with moments of humour. ' 'In a series of short, fast-moving scenes separated by unaccompanied singing by the five-woman cast, we see how these two situations develop during a period where women are becoming an important part of the network of support for the campaign against pit closures.'
'Fiona Whitelaw plays feisty Sue, Brenda’s right hand, Bethany’s mum and wife to an insolent, arrogant, husband. Whitelaw delivers an emotional performance to which general audience reaction was of nostalgia: “My mum used to do that too, give the kids all the chicken and just have bread and gravy herself” recalled one theatre goer. Another commented on the hardship wives and mothers go through, not only back in ’84 but today too: balancing doing what’s best for the family and pouring energy into a cause close to the heart can be tough, and Whitelaw definitely stirred empathy as people recognised a truthful performance.'