Yorkshire, 1961. Jamie wants to study drama at RADA, something he kws would t be approved of by his Catholic Irish mother, Maureen. Jamie begins to take lessons for his audition in secret with Margaret, a relief teacher. Their relationship sparks jealousy from Jamie's girlfriend Sarah, then indignation from Maureen, who forbids the lessons to continue. Jamie's fate seems sealed; he has a powerful ally in his Auntie Bridget, however, whose own profound secret proves the turning point.