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Preview: Edith in the Dark at South Shields Customs House
SHIELDS WRITER’S CHILLING PLAY COMES TO HIS HOMETOWN
Edith in the Dark
South Shields Customs House
Wednesday 7th November 2018
ghostly tale penned by South Shields-born playwright Philip Meeks is coming to The
the darker nights approach, Baroque Theatre Company (BTC) is kicking off its
autumn/winter theatre season with the first ever national tour of Edith in the Dark, an evening of
chilling ghost stories written by Meeks.
Claire Bibby as Edith
play, which enjoyed sell-out performances when it was first commissioned in
2013 by Harrogate Theatre and went on to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe in
2015, comes to The Customs House on Wednesday.
It is based on the
little-known ghost stories by poet and writer Edith Nesbit, author of some of
the most famous children’s stories ever written, including Five Children and It
and the much-loved The Railway Children.
She also wrote adult books,
including four ghost stories which form the basis of Edith in the Dark, a haunting
evening of ghostly tales directed by award-winning director and BTC artistic
director, Adam Morley.
Meeks said: “Edith in the Dark
is one of my favourites and Adam Morley has some great ideas for bringing the
play back to life.”
Meeks has written for Emmerdale
(ITV), Doctors (BBC) and his new play, Harpy, starring Su Pollard, recently
premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe. Other works include Murder, Margaret and Me
at New York Fringe and more recently at Salisbury Playhouse.
Jeremy Small as Mr Guasto,
Grace Dunne as Biddy
Claire Bibby as Edith.
Edith in the Dark takes place
on Christmas Eve 1900, when during a party hosted by her husband, Edith escapes
to her attic writing room, where she meets up with her housekeeper and a
She reads them a story, not
one of her cherished children’s tales but one of her terrifying early ghost
stories. As the tales unfold, it becomes clear all is not what it seems – and
someone in the attic is hiding a deadly secret.
Morley, whose credits include
the world premiere of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, said: “I am very excited
to be directing this play on its first ever national tour.
“E Nesbit is best known for
children’s favourite The Railway Children, but little is known of her adult
ghost stories or her own life. This chilling production will certainly provide
audiences with some shock moments and surprising twists. Be ready!”
Edith in the Dark stars
producer and founder of BTC, Claire Bibby, as Edith, Grace Dunne as housekeeper
Biddy Thricefold and Jeremy Small as Mr Guasto.
Tickets for Edith in the Dark
are priced from £12 and available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or
online at www.customshouse.co.uk.
The performance starts at 7.30pm and it has a recommended age of 14+.