Welcome to Beach Hut Theatre Company!

 

Based by the sea, on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast, in England's first resort, Scarborough, we produce innovative and exciting plays, musicals and multimedia events. We are committed to creating memorable and spectacular productions at venues and site specific locations across the town and throughout the region.

 

It is important to us to make theatre accessible to everyone. In addition, we also aim to achieve the objective of creating innovative ways of bringing theatre practitioners into contact with the general public. 

The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre

Currently in Production

Beach Hut Theatre Company is proud to present…

The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre

A new comedy fantasy musical by John Pattison and Alison Watt

Laura, Hannah and Megan are three sisters who live at Wuthering Eyre, a moor side farmhouse whose name is inspired by their love of the Brontë sisters. But there is danger on the moors - from this Gothic landscape come old friends and new threats. What is the deep, dark secret of Wuthering Eyre?

‘The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre’ is a humorous, supernatural thriller set on the present day North Yorkshire Moors. The season is turning, the nights are drawing in. Three sisters ‘role-play’ the Brontës’ famous novels, unaware that an old magic has been released. Before the night is over, death will stalk the moors and long forgotten secrets will be revealed.

Written by John Pattison and Alison Watt, the team that brought you ‘Summer’s Edge’ and ‘SnOwQuEeN’, this contemporary comedy-thriller weaves together the work of the Brontë sisters, supernatural moorland legend and the short, sharp, shock of modern reality to explore the darker side of human behaviour at Christmas.

Director: Alison Watt
Musical Director: John Pattison
Designer: Michael Roberts

World premiere on Wednesday 22nd November continuing until Saturday 2nd December (except Sundays).
All performances at 7.30 p.m. in The Concert Room, Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough.
Matinees on Saturday 25th November and Saturday 2nd December at 2.30 p.m.

Tickets    £10 / £7 conc.

Available from Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough. Tel. 01723 384500
www.beachhtheatre.co.uk
And on the door on the night of the performance.

Poster design: Helen Birmingham

Beach Hut Theatre Company is very grateful to Scarborough Borough Council (through the Arts Development Small Grants Programme) and North Yorkshire County Council for the funding support received for this project.

Six short WORLD PREMIERES: ‘Christmas Crack-Ups’

Does the prospect of Christmas thrill you at the thought of caring and sharing? Or does it make you hide away with the Prosecco? How does Christmas feel when you haven’t seen your family for years or you can’t afford it? Or if the neighbours have a fancier Christmas tree than you do? And what is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s problem, anyway!

‘Christmas Crack-Ups’ comprises six short plays, some jolly, some dramatic, but all thought-provoking and relevant to the way we handle Christmas in today’s society. Looking at debt, loneliness and alcohol consumption as well as tackling the madcap world of Christmas decoration, finding that perfect present, and the social glue provided by support agencies, these plays are both a moving and fun-filled antidote to the hype surrounding the festive season.

‘Tis the Season…to be Lonely’ by Thomas Booth
‘Xmas in a Box’ by Elaine Brookes
‘A Fresh Start’ by Gilly Collinson
‘All I Want for Christmas…Dude!’ by Will Duffield
‘Paid in Full’ by Colin Scales
‘Christmas Bytes Back’ by Sue Wilson

Director: Alison Watt
Technical Director: John Pattison
Designer: Helen Birmingham
Poster design: Helen Birmingham

Performance date: Saturday 9th December.
Venue: Main Library Space, Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough.

All plays are performed (concurrently) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The running time of each play is approximately 15 minutes.
Come early if you would like to see all six plays.

This is a FREE EVENT

Beach Hut Theatre Company is very grateful to Scarborough Borough Council (through the Arts Development Small Grants Programme) and North Yorkshire County Council for the funding support received for this project.

Overview of the ‘Tis the Season’ Project…

'Christmas is coming and once again we ready ourselves for the Season of Goodwill. But, despite the fun, does the festive media hype sometimes make us confused? All those chocolate reindeer on sale from September? That constant loop of Wham, Slade and ‘Santa, Baby’ making time stand still in every shop? Do we wonder sometimes if we’re compelled to behave in certain ways whether we like it or not? And is there an alternative?

‘Tis the Season’ is the latest new writing project from Beach Hut Theatre Company. Taking place across two venues and written by dramatists local to Scarborough, here are seven brand new plays exploring the festive season, warts and all. Forget the media hype, this is Christmas as it really is, not only with its light-hearted side of dressing up, present giving and family activities but also with its darker side of binge-drinking, domestic violence, loneliness and debt.'

Beach Hut Theatre Company celebrates a landmark Anniversary

Cast & crew of 'SnOwQuEeN', Scarborough News, April 2017, Photo Richard Ponter

May 5th 2017 was the first anniversary of Beach Hut Theatre Company becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). In the past year Beach Hut has:
Premiered 22 original plays with the help of:
18 script writers
3 designers
57 actors
8 composers
6 musicians
9 stage-management and technical staff and
6 administrative staff

In the past year, Beach Hut has also run several script writing and acting workshops and set up 'Script Hut', an ongoing writers' group that meets at Scarborough Library. We also went on our first proper tour.

The three major projects this year were:
'Natural Shocks'
'Fantasies, Fables and Frights'
'BrEaKiNg ThE iCe'

The individual performance pieces taken to full production were:
1. ‘Unmaking Mac’ by Gilly Collinson
2. ‘Under the Greenwood Trees’ by Michelle Watts
3. ‘Mother and Son’ by Helen Birmingham
4. ‘Family Loyalties’ by Philip Watson
5. ‘Diminishing Returns’ by Sam Thor Rhodes
6. ‘Loved by Dragons’ by Jackie Daly
7. ‘To Love a King’ by Neil Arnott

8. ‘Moody Food’ by John Pattison
9. ‘Sex, Lies and Narrow Escape’ by Colin Scales
10. ‘Summer’s Edge’ by John Pattison and Alison Watt
11. ‘Death by Knitting’ by Elaine Brookes
12. ‘Smokin’ Witches’ by Jackie Daly
13. ‘The Stranglers’ Rest’ by Jason Mullen
14. ‘An Unkindness’ by Jo Reed Turner
15. ‘The Lightkeeper’ by Paul Spencer
16. ‘And Whom Did He See?’ by Paul Beck
17. ‘SnOwQuEeN’ by John Pattison and Alison Watt
18. ‘Pinkie’ by Liblet Pearson
19. ‘Strangers in Waiting’ by Neil Arnott
20. ‘Locked Out’ by Paul Spencer
21. ‘Night Follows Day’ by Paul Beck
22. ‘The Clinic’ by Charleigh Christmas
23. ‘Keeping It Cool’ by Michelle Watts

We will keep you posted here and on facebook and Twitter about what fantastic projects we have in the pipeline for our second year! Thank you for all your support.

We are also extremely proud to announce that our Artistic Director, Alison Watt was one of the winners of the 2016 Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards. This award was set up to give Writers Guild of Great Britain members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year. Her nomination describes her as: 'A skilled dramaturg, director, playwright, TV writer, actor, mentor and all-round brilliant human being,'

BrEaKiNgThEiCe

 

This project has now come to an end, following a successful tour of North Yorkshire Libraries. From the full length musical 'SnOwQuEeN' at Scarborough Old Parcels Office to the run of 'SuDdEnThAwS' at Scarborough Library and Information Centre and at venues across Yorkshire, we have had an amazing time performing to so many people. You can read all about the project on our BrEaKiNgThEiCe page and see images and clips of our adventures including the quest for the best All Day Breakfast in North Yorkshire.

'SnOwQuEeN' Performance, April 2017, Photo Dave Barry
'Night Follows Day' SuDdEnThAws Performance, May 2017
'Summers Edge' Performance, October 2016 Photo Fern Lea Yaldren

View 'Summer's Edge' video excerpts on our FANTASIES FABLES & FRIGHTS page.

Natural Shocks

 

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in and attended 'Natural Shocks' in Scarborough and York! The company had a great time putting this production together. We will be uploading photos and also some copies of the scripts and scores for you to find out more about this fantastic project, which celebrated 400 years of William Shakespeare with a contemporary twist.

'As You Like It' part of 'Natural Shocks' at Scarborough Library. Photo Dave Barry

See more 'Natural Shocks' here

Still from the film 'Rock, Rascals and Revolution!' Directed and edited by Jonathan Jeeves

Watch the full 'ROCK, RASCALS AND REVOLUTION!' film on our past productions page.

'Ark Of The Animals' performance on South Bay Beach, Scarborough. Photo. Paul Nash

Have a look at our gallery for fantastic images and videos of our work

Opportunities to Work with Beach Hut

 

We will keep you up to date about auditions and workshops for forthcoming shows, on our home page here and on our facebook page. Join us using the link below.        If you are interested in working with Beach Hut, please drop us an email using our contact page.

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