The Tenants Of Wuthering Eyre (2017)

‘The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre’ 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 was on Wednesday 22nd November continuing until Saturday 2nd December (except Sundays). All performances at 7.30pm. in The Concert Room, Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough. Matinees on Saturday 25th November and Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm.

Tickets: £10 / £7 conc.

Poster design: Helen Birmingham

Beach Hut Theatre Company was 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.

The ‘Tis the Season’ Project…

‘Tis the Season’ was a new writing project from Beach Hut Theatre Company. Taking place across two venues and written by dramatists local to Scarborough, here were 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.

Alongside 'The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre' were six new short plays by new and emerging local writers:

‘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

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

All plays were performed (concurrently) between 10 am.and 2pm. The running time of each play was approximately 15 minutes.

This was a FREE EVENT.