June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£12.50
The death of Emsworth’s oyster industry features heavily in a one-act play being brought to Emsworth’s Brook Hall by four leading lights of the theatre world.
Written jointly by Chichester-based Greg Mosse and Havant’s Lucy Flannery, their play ‘Poisoned Beds’ features original live music by another celebrated Havant resident – John Gleadall. Through West Sussex actress Paula Tinker the play is set in December 1918 and is a captivating story of one woman’s preparation of a concert to celebrate both women’s suffrage and the end of the Great War. However there’s a twist in this clever combination of comedy and sadness in that she can’t celebrate the future without reconciling herself to her tragic past – it’s not just the Oyster beds that human folly has poisoned. (Ding-dong – does this resonate ?)
For Emsworth audiences it’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy the work of two superbly entertaining writers. Lucy has worked with stars like Alison Steadman and Roy Hudd. Greg’s plays – often based in local history (‘The Hawkhurst Gang’, ‘The Exchange’, Number 60 to The Somme’) regularly play to capacity audiences.
Poisoned Beds’ is an exciting new venture being co-promoted by WemsFest whose main theatre collaborator, Julian Sluggett, sadly passed away in 2017.
The 60 minute production will be followed after the interval by a revealing post-show discussion.
Future collaborations are currently being planned.